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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.

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My Giggle Place
160 E. Imperial Hwy.
Fullerton, CA 92835
(714) 525-7529

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.


Seascape Kids Fun
4771 E. Hunter Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 970-7100www.seascapekidsfun.com

A great indoor playground ideal for kids ages 2 to 14 years, Seascape Kids Fun’s 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.

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Fun City
14545 Valley View Ave., Ste. F
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
(562) 926-7864

Fun City, a great 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.

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Froggs Bounce House
16121 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 418-0442

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.

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Sky Zone
7741 Hayvenhurst Ave
Van Nuys, CA
(818) 946-0054
Additional Locations in Glendale, Torrance and in Orange County

With locations throughout Southern California including Torrance, Glendale, Van Nuys and elsewhere, Sky Zone is by far one of the most popular trampoline parks. Activities here are generally for more grown up kids but they do offer a foam zone where kids can jump in foam and have a great time. In addition, they also offer everything from dodgeball and a dunking zone where folks can practice their dunks with assistance of a powerful trampoline. The focus here is on fun fitness which combines a great workout with activities that won’t make you feel as if you’ve done one. The massive complex also offers you the chance to flip and land in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. It’s the perfect spot for those who want to feel weightless as they jump and catch their thrills.

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.