Access to the beach makes Southern California a dream on hot days, but those sun-soaked trips can be an exhausting lot of work. For a lower-maintenance, year-round playtime option, nothing beats the O.C.’s indoor playgrounds. From dodgeball to bounce houses, nothing wears out the kiddos while parents relax like the county’s best indoor playgrounds.
My Giggle Place
160 E. Imperial Hwy.
Fullerton, CA 92835
Price: $8 for two hours (no re-entry)/$10 for four hours (re-entry allowed in four-hour period)/$13 for the whole day (re-entry allowed)
My Giggle Place offers activities that will ignite a smile in any child with any interest. Highlights include the Giggle Theater for actors, Craft Center for artists, Train Depot for role playing, Little Builders Zone for budding architects and Library for book lovers. The Giggle Gym encourages kids to burn off energy playing dodgeball, tag, relay races, bowling contests and parachute games, to name just a few. My Giggle Place also offers an infant play area for crawlers, so they can have a safe space of their own away from big, rowdy kids. The cafe onsite also offers sandwiches and snacks.
Price: $8 per session/free children 2 and younger
Seascape Kids Fun is a great indoor playground ideal for kids ages 2 to 14 years. This activity center boasts a full three stories of fun, and features giant slides and a foam shooting range where kids can practice hand-eye coordination. Open Play Time is only available outside of the private party schedule, so be sure to call and check availability before popping in. A perk for parents: Seascape Kids Fun provides free coffee and WiFi access while the kids are playing, so you can snag a few moments of peace.
14545 Valley View Ave., Ste. F
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Price: $3 adults/$6 children
Fun City, another awesome indoor playground, is a destination spot for open playtime, school field trips and parties for birthdays and sports teams. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, open play is designed for toddlers, and all ages are welcome for open play on Friday. This exciting indoor playground features an 18-foot slide, obstacle courses and a jumper and slide combo that’s great for wobbly toddlers. Birthday parties are a must here, with staff that does all of the dirty work after a simple reservation call.
Froggs Bounce House
16121 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Price: $3 adults/$10 children 4 and older/$6 children 3 and younger/$8 groups
Froggs Bounce House a 9,000-square-foot indoor, inflatable play zone keeps kids busy for hours. In addition to a large double slide, jumper combo, two obstacle courses and a birthday jumper for special events, Froggs also features a special toddler gym so the little kids may play safely. Froggs boasts a playhouse, train table, building blocks, tiki hut, disco karaoke and a large party room with a dance area. No reservations are needed, and walk-ins are always welcome. WiFi is also free at Froggs, so parents may get a little work, or grown-up play, done while the kids play.
Hullabaloos Party House
1201 W. Katella Ave.
Orange, CA 92867
Price: free adults/$6 children/free infants younger than one
Hullabaloos Party House is a great place for both playdates and private parties. Voted Parenting Magazine’s Best Birthday Party Facility, this fun indoor playground includes giant inflatables for jumping, a huge playhouse with a clubhouse theme, a Karaoke Stage where kids shine like pop stars, and an area designated for toddlers. There are stadium-style seats all around the Hullabaloos play areas, so parents can sit back and watch their children more easily. An arcade area is also available for older kids, but additional fees apply.
Born and raised in San Diego, Chrystal Johnson currently resides in Big Bear with her husband and two children where they enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding and everything the mountain has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.