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It's great to be a kid in Orange County! Here you will find a list of activities and things to do for kids, as well as shopping, services, classes, camps and programs for children.

- Services and Programs for Kids -
Children's Activities
Children's Photography
Classes & Workshops for Kids
Family Activities Museums for Kids
Organizations for Children
Youth Orchestra
- Shopping for Orange County Kids -
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Summer Camps
Dance Lessons & Training
Entertainment for Kids
Equestrian Training & Horseback Riding
Help with Parenting & Relationships
Music Lessons
Ongoing Events for Kids
Party Locations & Themed Parties


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Activities for Children

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Where Imagination Inspires Character

Storymakery is a unique place for children and families to have fun while making both memories and stories that last a life time. During an average 30 minute to one-hour visit, children will be able to use Storymakery’s kid-friendly technology to design and publish their very own storybook.


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Young Chefs® Academy

Young Chefs® Academy is a unique culinary experience which offers cooking classes to children in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. Each class and event incorporates supplemental subject matter which ties into a new monthly theme. Our staff of highly qualified teachers, chefs and nutritional experts carry out our mission to provide an interactive learning experience that gives children the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the culinary arts. Our programs have something for every age, from KinderCooks for preschoolers all the way to Teen Survival classes. Call us today to reserve a spot in class! 949.679.8390

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Renaissance ClubSport - Kids in the Kitchen
Second Saturday of the month
Oct 11, Nov 8, Dece 13, 2014

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo's Kids World facility will host kids cooking classes the second Saturday of every month. Our Executive Chef and Sous Chef have worked to find simple and fun activities for the children to explore the art of cooking. Children under five years of age require adult participation, children five and up can be dropped off at the Kids World activity area. This class is not allergen free.

Members: $15 for the first child, $10 for each sibling Non-members: $20 for the first child, $15 for each sibling.

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo
50 Enterprise
Aliso Viejo

For more information or to register, stop by the Club Desk or call (949)330-5560.

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Dana Wharf Sportfishing Kid's Fishing
Dana Point Harbor

Kid's Free Fishing Clinic
Every Sunday!

12pm - 12:30pm

Join us every Sunday for our free kid's fishing clinic! Dana Wharf is proud to offer a dockside experience for young anglers! Ask the experts and learn new fishing techniques, new hook tying secrets, win raffle prizes and so much more! No reservations are needed! Try out your new techniques on the 1/2 day trip departing immediately after the clinic where kids fish free AND their rental gear is included!

Kid's Fish Free Sundays!
Sundays @ 12:45pm - 5:45pm

Join us every Sunday (right after our Free Kid's Fishing Clinic) for our 12:45pm 1/2 Day Fishing Trip and kids fish free! One child will get a free 1/2 Day Fishing Trip (a savings of $25) per paying adult!

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BounceU of Huntington Beach

Turn a normal old weekday into a celebration by coming to one of our Open Bounce events with the coolest, most funormous inflatables around. When not hosting birthday parties, BounceU holds events throughout the week where kids can come bounce off the walls and burn off all that pent-up energy! Check out their Calendar to see all the fun ways they'll be turning up the huge inflatable fun at BounceU.

Phone: (714) 892-4842

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We come to you for your child's Dress Up Tea Party!

Little girls love to dress up, make believe and have tea parties. Let Traveling Tea come to your location and set up for the dress up tea party of your child's dreams! We have four themes to choose from - princess, fairy, diva, and spa. Or let us accommodate special request. We will bring all the supplies for dressing up and the tea party, excluding food, tables, and chairs. We will also decorate your table with all the magical supplies to have a spectacular tea party.

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Newport Landing Whale Watching
Newport Beach

2 1/2 hour whale watching cruises are a great activity for children of all ages. Viewing giant blue whales, grey whales, huge pods of dolphin, sea lions, and much more. 96% viewing success rate means almost every trip will have lots of neat viewing opportunities. This experience will be long remembered.

For reservations with Newport Landing call 949-675-0551.

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Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Dana Point

Bring your whole family aboard the acclaimed wildlife adventure hailed by CBS Los Angeles as offering "...the best whale watching in the world..."! Our fun and educational whale watching adventure is the highest rated in Orange County and perfect for kids of all ages. In the eyes of a dolphin nothing is more precious than her calf, and only aboard our high-tech catamaran sailboat Manute’a can you BE one of the pod and feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins underwater, without getting wet!

Call 949-488-2828 or click link above to book online

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Shopping for Children

- - Costumes & Party Clothes - -

Costumes Fairy
Shop Online

Hand made fairy costumes and fairy / angel wings. 20 years of Industry experience in the Artisan and Costuming business of making Fairy and Angel products.

Entire selection of costumes, slippers, wands and accessories are available for online ordering.

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Madame Alexander

The tradition and elegance of Madame Alexander dolls continues after 80 years with a full line of collectible dolls, baby dolls and play dolls. The Alexander Doll Company is the only major manufacturer of handcrafted dolls in America.

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Children Photographers

i Photography Studio

We are a family owned photography studio. Capturing the beauty of life is our goal. We work closely with you and your child to capture their unique personality in a style that exceeds your expectations. As parents of young children ourselves, we know how to create a comfortable and relaxed environment for your child. We offer location, studio and thematic settings as well as custom creations that showcase your images in a truly unique way.

Kathryn LeBoye Photography
Moments in a child's life will never happen again and deserve to be documented magnificently.

Please contact Kathryn at 949-525-7968 to discuss how she can customize her services to meet your needs. Let Kathryn capture those special moments! First time clients will receive as a gift of one 5x7 mounted portrait with bevel edges from their session..

Click here
for a complete list of Children's photographers in
Orange County

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Classes & Workshops for Kids

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Lil Chef School
Located in Irvine

Lil Chef School is a unique culinary experience which offers cooking classes to children in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. Each class and event incorporates supplemental subject matter which ties into a new monthly theme. Our staff of highly qualified teachers, chefs and nutritional experts carry out our mission to provide an interactive learning experience that gives children the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the culinary arts. Our programs have something for every age. Call us today to reserve a spot in class! 949.679.8390

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Chimmy 5in1 Languages Center
Located in Mission Viejo
Foreign Languages For Children: French, Spanish & Mandarin

Chimmy 5in1 Languages Center for children offers French, Spanish and Mandarin languages to infant/children. Their classes provide an easy, stimulating and interacting way for children to learn a new language with native speakers with the use of storytelling, art, games, music and song. Chimmy 5in1 also uses history to learn about culture and customs and geography to learn about the location.

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LangoKids Irvine
Hola, Bonjour! Welcome to LangoKids Irvine!

Lango Kids Irvine is a full-immersion foreign language program that teaches Spanish and French to kids ages 1-10 at our facility in Irvine! Classes, taught by native or near-native speaking teachers, are 45-minutes for toddlers and 1.5 hour classes for kids 4 and up. Our low teacher-student ratio classes are designed to help your child achieve his/her higher potencial and love for the language. Language Immersion Camps are also available!For classes and Camp Lango pricing and location, contact us or visit our website by clicking the link above.

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Family Activities

Balboa Fun Zone
600 E Bay Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Located between the Balboa Pier and the Auto Ferry, the Balboa Fun Zone is the place for family fun in the sun. For 80 years the Fun Zone has been an iconic attraction for locals and tourists to eat, play, and discover. Visitors can experience thrilling rides here including the Ferris Wheel, Happy Swing, Tower Drop and the Arrcade with 30 classic games.

This is also a popular place to rent bikes, whale watch, take a harbor cruise or visit Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest for ocean science demonstrations and traveling exhibitions.

The Cirque Magique
Run away to the circus!

The Cirque Magique brings the wonder and amazement of the circus to life through an interactive, dining show. Guests enjoy a delicious brunch, while Chuckles, Giggles and Snickers the clowns, entertain the crowd. Featuring jugglers, magicians, stunt performers and more, The Cirque Magique will impress and delight children of all ages. Little ones may even be chosen to participate in this one-of-a-kind, afternoon show.

If you're looking for something fun to do in Orange County and to be entertained at a dining theater fit for the whole family, then run away to the circus with The Cirque Magique!

7600 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

Irvine Park Railroad
Located in Orange

Irvine Park Railroad is a one-third scale train that takes both children and adults on a 12-minute ride through beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park. The train ride is narrated by the engineer. Additional activities inside of the park include Irvine Park Rentals' paddle boats and Wheel Fun Rentals® bikes, the Orange County Zoo, playgrounds and pony rides. Irvine Park Railroad has a full-service concession stand offering hot dogs, soda, ice cream and more. Annual events include an Easter Eggstravaganza, Anniversary Celebration, Pumpkin Patch & Christmas Train.

Located in the foothills of Orange, Irvine Park Railroad opens daily at 10:00 AM.

Merlin's Magic Dinner Theater - Located in Orange

The Merlin's Magic Dinner Theater is presented weekends and selected holidays at the Rib Trader Restaurant of Orange. Reservation are required. Enjoy a mouth-watering meal by the costumed characters from the show, while Merlin the Magician does everything from sleight of hand magic to grand illusion.

Pirate's Dinner Adventure
World's Most Interactive Dinner Show

Located in Buena Park

Marvel at an astonishing display of special-effects wizardry, aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay and dynamic duels, while dining on fine grub and grog, at Pirate's Dinner Adventure. Sail the high seas with Captain Sebastian the Black and his crew; in this classic tale of good vs. evil which offers the perfect blend of action, comedy and romance, along with the opportunity for you to interact with the story.

7600 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

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Museums for Children

The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and Bowers Kidseum
Located in Santa Ana

One of Southern California's finest museums and Orange County's largest, the Bowers Museum home to Bowers Kidseum, an 11,000 square foot children's museum, provides arts and cultural activities for thousands of children and their families. Creativity, stimulated by exposure to art, can be the basis for the development of ideas, problem solving and social understanding.

Children's Museum of La Habra
Located in La Habra

A hands-on environment that opens the world to even the youngest child, this museum offers touch tables, a science station, changing exhibits and much more.

Discovery Cube
Located in Santa Ana

Imaginations run wild with over 120 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Cube, Orange County's leading destination for hands-on science entertainment. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine launch and explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur! Plus, with seasonal traveling exhibits and signature events throughout the year, there's always something new to experience.

Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest
Located in Newport Beach

Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest inspires, educates and engages the explorer within. Visit with local tide pool creatures like: sea stars, urchins, limpets, sea hares and more!

At Ocean Quest, visitors can see the latest traveling exhibit, explore hands-on learning in the Ocean Lab, and then enjoy the rest of the day exploring the Balboa Village with rides and great food at the Balboa Fun Zone (just steps away on the Balboa Peninsula).

Heritage Museum of Orange County
Located in Santa Ana

The 1898 Kellogg House is the focal point of the Heritage Museum. Inside you will find unique architectural features, antique furnishings, historic photos and maps, and hands-on activities for children. The tour is primarily self-guided, but a docent is always available during public hours to answer questions and provide additional insights into the house, the Kellogg family, and life in historic Orange County. On the same grounds, visitors can find nature trails, a working blacksmith shop and the Maag House, ranch house of citrus and nut grower John Anton Maag and his family.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Located in Laguna Beach

A non-profit, volunteer organization and education center. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured seals and sea lions. Programs include a guided tour of the animal care facility and exhibit room, a slide presentation and observation of the animals. The also offer a range of educational programs for groups of all ages.

Pretend City Children's Museum
Located in Irvine

This interconnected city allows children to "pretend" to be the adults. Children can experience a variety of features every city has to offer. With over 15,000 sq. feet of interactive exhibits and activities, Pretend City brings to life every profession, necessity and daily occurrences of a real city. They can do anything and everything from grocery shopping to banking to visiting the doctor to collecting their pay from the local ATM as well as visit the fire station, police station, the café and all of the many other exhibits.

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Organizations for Kids

Boy Scouts of Orange County

The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the future Scouting will continue to offer young people responsible fun and adventure; instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.

Girl Scouts of Orange County

Through a wide range of enriching experiences-field trips, cultural exchanges, community service, leadership opportunities, skill-building workshops, outdoor education-girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scout program is progressive and age-appropriate, with the girls' roles and responsibilities expanding as they move through the different levels. Girl Scouting helps cultivate values, social conscience and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults.


Missionettes is a ministry tool to help fulfill the Titus 2 principle of women mentoring young girls. Girls can begin in Missionettes at 3 years of age and continue through high school.

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Youth Orchestra

Bellagio String Youth Orchestra
Located in Dana Point

The Bellagio String Youth Orchestra is a solid environment where string musicians from OC rehearse and perform symphonic music. Students rehearse established masterworks and have the exciting opportunity to perform in concert halls as well as Disneyland. Musicians with two or more years of string instrumental experience may audition.

Auditions for fall 2015 will take place in June and September by appointment.

Grades 4-8

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Themed Parties & Birthday Party Locations

Traveling Tea
We come to you for your child's Dress Up Tea Party!

Little girls love to dress up, make believe and have tea parties. Let Traveling Tea come to your location and set up for the dress up tea party of your child's dreams! In addition to a princess, fairy, diva or spa theme, we can also accomadate the boys in your group with capes, prince mugs, tattoos and more for them. We will also decorate your table with all the magical supplies to have a spectacular tea party.

Summer special - mention for a 10% off discount!

Click Here for more party information for kids.

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