4 Kid-Friendly Things to Do Near Orange County Post COVID

The restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus have made getting out and about with the kids next to impossible – and parents are beginning to feel the strain of having the younger members of the family cooped up at home. However, those restrictions will not be a reality forever. The promise of vaccines means that parents can now start planning for that long-awaited day out – and for those who call Orange County home, the opportunities for fun (and education) are almost limitless.

The wonderful weather and number of kid-friendly venues can make choosing venues for that perfect family day a challenge, however, here are some great choices for those who want to start planning ahead for a great day.

1. The LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens

With 1,000 animals representing 250 different species on show, the LA Zoo is perfect for kids. They will be fascinated and have the opportunity to learn about the natural world. For the littlest ones a visit to Muriel’s Ranch will allow them to interact with animals like goats and sheep. It’s a sure-fire winner. Asian Elephants will wow the younger members of the family – try and visit the exhibit when training is taking place. The Neil Papiano Play Park with its animal-themed climbing structures, water misters, and a great picnic area is a perfect rest stop during an exploration of the zoo.

2. The Butterfly Pavilion

The sheer beauty of the insects at this Natural History Museum attraction is sure to entrance the younger members of the family. It’s seasonal (open from mid-March to September) so it should feature in your future plans. It also provides a great opportunity for the kids to chat with the curators who will reveal why butterflies are so fascinating. The Pavillion offers the perfect opportunity to walk through a natural environment to see 30 different species of these shimmering winged beauties in action. Take a seat at one of the many rest spots (with the kids) and sit back and admire one of Mother Nature’s most wonderful creations.

3. Great Wolf Lodge

Avoid the congestion of Disneyland and head for the resort and waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge. Here the kids can splash and play on and in 14 slides and four pools (many suited for the youngest members of the family), including a variety of forts, ponds, and of course the ever-popular ‘River Canyon Run’ for a wild water experience. There are a variety of activities that offer fun on dry land as well – the kids can visit the Build-A-Bear outlet, enjoy a mini-golfing or bowling experience or MagiQuest. There are also some great dining options and shopping opportunities.

4. A Party Bus Tour

There are numerous great kid-friendly sights in or near the OC – and what better way for the younger members of the family to enjoy those than all together on a party bus rental in Orange County. This is the ideal day out on that special occasion. Tour organizers might provide drinks and snacks – and music. Some will even provide thoughtful additions like socks for dancing on the seats – and towels to deal with those inevitable spills. Destinations like Build A Bear, The OC Discovery Cube and Disneyland are popular – as are themed parties for that princess or pirate in your life.

There is so much for kids and families to enjoy in Orange County. It’s never too early to start planning for that special post-COVID day out.

*Like many things, hours and business openings are changing quite a bit so even after things begin to open up again it’s best to contact each business and make sure they’ll be open.

Here’s some provider info:

Party Bus Group
7044 Garden Grove Blvd

Garden Grove, CA 92841

(855) 500-7001

Great Wolf Lodge
12681 Harbor Boulevard

Garden Grove CA 92840

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