(credit: Discovery Science Center)

(credit: Discovery Science Center)

Museums are a great way to pass time although taking kids to a museum can be a little tricky since they want to touch everything. The best thing to do is to take them to museums where they are allowed to touch everything while they learn. These places are great for the whole family, especially for kids who can discover the exhibits hands on.
(Credit: Discovery Cube Los Angeles)

(Credit: Discovery Cube Los Angeles)

Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 542-2823

Discovery Cube is really the perfect museum for kids and families to visit. Here you’ll find plenty of hands-on exhibits where kids can learn with their senses rather than just reading some text on a placard. The Cube also understands that while it’s good to learn about science, it’s also good to give kids topics that they want to explore like Legos or Star Wars. It’s a great place on any day but especially on those rare rainy days as an alternative to watching movies or TV. Your kids won’t have any trouble staying entertained here.

(credit: La Habra Children's Museum)

(credit: La Habra Children’s Museum)

The Children’s Museum At La Habra
301 Euclid St.
La Habra, CA 90631
(562) 905-9793

This museum is more than just dull exhibits where kids can look at things. At The Children’s Museum at La Habra, there are plenty of stations where kids can really interact and experience the exhibits. Additionally, it also has some fascinating things to see like a caboose from 1942 that you won’t find in other museums. In addition to the displays, there is an area where kids can dress up and go on stage. You’ll also find an art area where the entire family can create art.

Bowers Kidseum
1802 Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 480-1520

Part of the famed Bowers Museum, Kidseum is a great place to visit to keep your kids interested. With activities like face paintings that reflect other cultures, kids also have the chance to practice a little archaeology. Education is rarely as fun as it is here.

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(credit: Pretend City)

Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 428-3900

Pretend City is a great place to bring kids and let them use their imaginations in a variety of areas. In one area, kids can dress up, play instruments, and perform on stage. There are also several areas that represent things that kids see every day like a bank or a gas station. The construction site is an area where kids can build and measure things. Don’t be surprised if your little ones spend a lot of time in this area.

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(credit: marconimuseum.org)

Marconi Automotive Museum And Foundation For Kids
1302 Industrial Dr.
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 258-3001

While Marconi doesn’t have any hands-on displays for kids, it does have cars that they don’t usually get to see on the road these days. Here they’ll be able to see exotic and classic cars and motorcycles as well as photos of cars from the past. A minimum $5 donation is required to enter, and donations are given to local children’s charities.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com