Fall is here and the weather is uncertain. Although a fun day at the beach is always pleasurable, a rainy day or gray skies may make the visit less delightful. Orange County has some of the best alternatives for fun family days that do not necessarily require outdoor exposure.

Lagos De Moreno Park
200 S Flower Ave.
Brea, CA 92822
(714) 990-7600

There is nothing like a good old-fashioned cookout to get your fall day going in the right direction. Lagos De Moreno Park is the perfect spot to have a family barbecue with large picnic areas and pits close to the play area. Kids can play and enjoy the scenery while parents cook and socialize. Lagos De Moreno Park is the ideal spot for families with small children. There is even a playground and a lot of open space to set up a croquet set or throw around a frisbee.

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

Frogg’s Bounce House is a place for children to thrive. Although adults are invited to come along, kids are welcome to run, scream, bounce and have a marvelous time indoors. This place provides a great indoor playground on boring rainy days with 9,000 square feet of inflatable play area. There are also two obstacle courses and a large slide that will entertain and hopefully wear out your tyke. If your kid has a fall birthday, Frogg’s has a party area perfect for birthday celebrations.

Environmental Nature Center
1601 E 16th St.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 645-8489

Education is key for growing minds, and it doesn’t have to be boring. Environmental Nature Center of Newport Beach specializes in educating youths about nature and the importance of protecting habitats in a fun environment. The center is big on entertainment but small on prices. It has many plants to see and a butterfly center. There are also many programs for your kids to fully immerse themselves in the Nature Center as well as events all year long.

Paris In A Cup Tea Salon & Cafe
119 S Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 538-9411

What better way for a mother and daughter to bond than with a cup of tea? Paris In A Cup offers an array of teas from various regions throughout the world that are both calming and refreshing, as well as a lunch menu. Mothers and daughters will enjoy the serene atmosphere and take delight in a friendly staff that is always willing to help. Paris In A Cup will satisfy girls of all ages. While walk-ins are welcome, Paris In A Cup can get crowded so try to make reservations for that special tea date with your daughter.

International Surfing Museum
411 Olive Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 960-3483

Fall may not lend the best weather for surfing all of the time, but you don’t have to deprive yourself of the adventure. International Surfing Museum has everything to remind you and the family of a cool surf day. In addition to having an array of surfing boards to view, the museum has snippets of history that families can enjoy. International Surfing Museum is a great spot for teens interested in extreme sports. This museum is small and packed with exciting information that your child will enjoy exploring for hours. It also has a gift shop to pick up some cool gear. The International Surfing Museum is a non-proft, so while admission is free, donations are always welcome.

Sarie Robertson is a California native living in Los Angeles County. She is a freelance writer and graduate from Loyola Marymount University who has contributed to various media outlets. Her work can be found atExaminer.com.