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When Summer rolls around, there’s nothing more exciting for a child than to get together with friends during their time off from school. We’ve put together a list of some of the most exciting play date location and events for them to take part in Orange County.

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Atlantis Play Center
13630 Atlantis Way
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 892-6015

Located in Garden Grove, Atlantis Play Center is the perfect spot for kids to let loose. This playground offers concrete animals, slides and swings for toddlers to enjoy. Play Center visitors are also encouraged to picnic under trees and at designated locations in the park. With a policy that does not allow children in the center without adults and no adults without children, Atlantis is a treat for everyone and is 100% serious about the security of your children. Make sure to pack a tasty picnic and make a day of this exciting playdate option. Invite your child’s friends, and watch them play to their hearts desire as you get to chat with other parents.

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San Clemente State Beach
225 Avenida Califia
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 492-3156

With picturesque views, plus campsites, children are invited to run wild in the playground at this state beach while parents enjoy the scenery or picnic on the sidelines. San Clemente State Beach offers kids tons of fun activities to take part in, including swings, slides and a trail fit for the whole family. There is always something to do at the beach. San Clemente has been recognized as one of the most popular beaches in Orange County since 1987. Reserve a campsite for the day so the kids have a shady spot to nap for a low-maintenance playdate everyone will love.

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The Children’s Museum of Orange County – Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 428-3900

Creativity is applauded at Pretend City Children’s Museum. Specially designed for kids younger than 10 years old, Pretend City offers indoor play areas that allow parents to interact with children on play dates. In fact, the noneprofit museum features 17 interactive exhibits designed as a small, interconnected city. With a mission to build better brains through purposeful play, hands on learning experiences, role platying and educational programming, it’s a location that is interested in your children to not only learn, but to have fun, too.

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Buccaneer Bay
13806 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
(562) 902-3191

As the ultimate water park perfect for hot summer days, Buccaneer Bay in La Mirada offers activities for the whole family to enjoy. From water slides and lazy rivers to fountains, children of all ages will have a blast while being soaked to the core. Toddlers may romp in the fountains that pour out just enough water for them to enjoy. Buccaneer Bay offers free parking and a designated area for picnics outside of the facility. Outside food is not allowed on park premises.

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Yosemite Park
24481 Yosemite Road
Laguna Nigel, CA 92677
(949) 362-4300

Simple has a name, and it’s Yosemite Park. Offering a playground with slides, swings and monkey bars, Yosemite is the perfect place for parents looking to let their child enjoy nature while playing. Not to be mistaken from Yosemite National Park, this Laguna Niguel park features 5.4 acres of pine trees and green grass for a breath of fresh air right in Orange County. The park also has a kid-friendly trail and nice, clean picnic areas perfect for any playdate.