Indoor Activities for kids

If you are visiting Newport Beach or even if you live here with kids when there is a gloomy day, it’s always a pain to figure out Indoor Activities for kids and how to keep your kids occupied.

Especially since many activities are built on the outdoor lifestyle in southern California. Listed below are 10 fun things to do with kids when it’s raining.

1. South Coast Plaza

Specifically, Parking by sears because it is the closest entrance to the kid’s stuff! Then lunch at Ruby’s is always a treat for the kids! I usually walk them to the carousel to ride the horses, and maybe grab a pet balloon. Sometimes if they are extra good we pop into the Disney store and grab a present. This is a good 3 hours that is wonderful to get out of the house or hotel.

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2. Newport Beach Library

The Newport Beach Library actually has 4 different locations.  Every day they have stuff for the kids in the morning and you can check the story times HERE. 

However, even if you miss story time, it’s a great outing to let them play in the kid’s area and read books. There are tons of tables, couches and kiddo chairs! For the little ones, they have games, blocks, and puzzles.

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With classes from ages 1 -7 years of age you can most likely find one to fit your needs. The highly trained instructors shower the children with affection, as they guide them in early social skills through interactive songs, choreographed dances, age-specific puppet shows, special rides, and a variety of swings and other original activities.

You can sign up for regular classes or you can pop in and just take a one time class! check the Newport Beach studio  schedule here

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4. Discovery Cube

The discovery cube has a new theme every few months so there is always something new to explore! Visit one time or purchase the family membership for major savings and you can go as often as you wish! They are open from 10am-5pm.

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5. Pretend City

Play DatesWith Imagination Playground blocks kids build a new world every day. They make objects like animals, rocket ships, and robots. They make imaginary places like houses, factories, and cities. They make new dramatic scenarios, settings, and games to play. Most important, they make the rules. Because Imagination Playground is child-directed and open-ended, it encourages self-expression through deep, joyful play.

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The center is run primarily by volunteers who will greet you in the visitor yard and introduce you to  California sea lions, Northern elephant seals, Pacific harbor seals or Northern fur seal patients.

The visitor yard features interactive displays, marine mammal artifacts, and our Treasure Trove gift shop. There is no charge for admission, but donations are appreciated!

Open to the public for visitors every day from 10am – 4pm

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7. Great Park ICE

The new facility located at Irvine great park is the perfect way to spend your rainy day! They have open skate daily from 2-4pm as well as evening and weekend sessions.

8. LUV TO PLAY, Irvine

A large indoor play area that is clean and safe for the kids. Adults can relax in the recliner chairs and watch them play. They also have snack items and drinks at the cafe!

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9. Dough & Arrow

Visit dough and arrow in Costa Mesa for fresh baked goodies, hot chocolate or a latte. It is comfortable and kid friendly. 

Located at 

3033 Bristol St
Ste Q
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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10. Circus Trix

A really fun place to get your wiggles out! Read the full article and see photos and hours HERE.

This place is great for kids of all ages! I even did some bouncing and according to my apple watch I think i got a decent workout in 🙂

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Get a treat!

Find of my local favorites to take the kids for a treat!
Megan Ormando
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