Anaheim is a fabulous destination for family fun. Your kids can exercise their muscles on a bike ride or their brains at a museum. See animals or fossils, explore a discovery center, or just grab something new and different for dinner. Anaheim has it all--and Disneyland is just the start of the fun options.
Top Kid-Friendly Anaheim Activities
This fabulous children's museum is located in a historic 1923 Train Depot. Seven galleries offer hands-on exhibits that will foster connections with math, science, art, and literature. Kids love the outdoor dinosaur garden and the 1942 caboose.
Visit the nature walk to view taxidermy mounts from around the world. In The Grotto, kids can meet real-life animals. Visit the S.T.E.A.M. exhibit to discover the science of flight. In the Train Station Gallery, play with miniature wooden trains. Ride the carousel in the Carousel Room. Search for dinosaur fossils in the Science Station. Visit the Family Art Center to create your masterpiece!
Grab the kids and get outdoors for some exercise. The Santa Ana River Trail is a 12-ft wide paved two-lane bike path. It follows the scenic Santa Ana River. You'll be surprised how much wildlife you can see in the heart of the city! Or you can bike to the beach and enjoy the respite from car traffic.
Sports fans will love biking past the big "A" sign at Angels Stadium and the Honda Center, home to the NHL Anaheim Ducks. Enterprising bikers can continue to bike through Chino Hills and enjoy the change of scenery.
The Orange County Zoo focuses on plants and animals native to the area. These animals are orphaned, injured, or not releasable into the wild. View a mountain lion, black bear, bald eagle, ocelot, great horned owl, beaver, kit fox, coyote, and more. The zoo also has a barnyard with sheep and goats. Peacocks roam freely.
Download a free audio tour to learn more about each animal, their names, and their favorite treats. Kids will love meeting their favorite animals.
Younger kids will have an action-packed time at Adventure City. Climb the 24-ft rock wall, Mount Adventurous. Test your skills in the arcade and build trains in the Thomas the Tank Engine Creative Play area. Everyone will have a good laugh on the mini Ferris Wheel, the Giggle Wheel.
If you're seeking thrills, try the 45-ft tall Drop Zone. The Freeway Coaster provides an exciting ride for the whole family. Don't miss sweet interactions with your favorite animals at the Petting Farm. The 1946 Carousel is the centerpiece of the park and is sure to delight.
The Anaheim Packing District is a historical area with a diverse array of activities. The Anaheim Packing House was a citrus packing warehouse and is now a two-story food hall. Each family member can pick out their favorite treat, and the whole family can eat together.
The former Packard car dealership now houses Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery. The MAKE building was previously a marmalade factory and now houses Unsung Brewing Company, Pali Wine Company, and Jav's B.B.Q. At the Farmer's Park, try 18 Folds and Cultivation Kitchen. The Anaheim Packing District is a fabulous place to try new foods in one historic location.
Enjoy Things to Do Near Anaheim With Kids
There's so much to do with kids in Anaheim; you'll never be out of options. Capri Suites is one of the best places to stay near Disneyland, so stay with us and start having fun.