20 Best Things to Do in California with Kids Now

California is a treasure trove of sights and experiences for families. This list of fun things to do in California with kids will help you decide exactly what to add to your family vacation itinerary.

Kids love the play structures, keeper talks, and crossing the Zoo from one side to the other on the Skyfari Aerial Tram. If you are pressed for time, take a look at some of their private guided tours.

San Diego Zoo

The little ones will get excited to snap photos with their favorite Disney princess or classic characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Don’t forget your famous Dole Whip frozen dessert.

Disneyland Resort

The recommended age is 5 and older, but some younger kids who are good swimmers start younger (talk to the school). It is entirely possible for children to stand up on a board in the first lesson.

Learn How to Surf

You can walk along Coast Blvd in the Village to explore multiple habitats with hermit crabs, sea stars, rockfish, sea cucumbers, sea anemones, and more that become exposed during minus tides.

La Jolla Beaches and Tide Pools

Watch live stunt performances and snack on oversized donuts at this California theme park and working TV and movie studio.

Universal Studios Hollywood

What makes this among the most fun things to do in California with kids is the 10 miles of wide sand and easy-to-play-in shoreline. The ocean here, with its sandy bottom, is free of obstruction.

Huntington Beach (Surf City USA)

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