Moms Survival Guide: 10 Activities To Do with A Toddler in Orange County

It’s finally getting warm so it’s the perfect time to get out and explore our beautiful SoCal parks and activities. I have selected my top 10 things to do with an active toddler. You can go crazy staying all day at home with a toddler, so check these out and go on a new adventure. Trust me, your little one will thank you 😀

1. Baby beach and ocean institute trip

We love baby beach. It’s somewhat secluded, has nice sand and is great for little ones. The water is perfect for them to splash in and it has parking right in front of it. We often times go before or after to Ocean institute. It’s open during the week from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It has a variety of sea animals there to look at. For more info click here.

2. Orange County Great Park

This Park offers a carousel, workshops, entertainment, a coveted playground and, of course, a ride up in the air on a giant, orange balloon. Make sure to check the hours before you go. The balloon and carousel aren’t open every day. Additionally, the farm and food lab is a unique and interactive outdoor classroom for visitors of all ages, featuring themed raised-bed gardens, fruit trees, vertical gardening, a worm compost bin, and solar and wind-powered lights. Visitors can experience the Pizza and Spaghetti Garden, Butterfly Garden and chicken coop, or take classes on pickling and canning. Also, every Sunday from 10-2 there is a Certified Farmers Market. Every week, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. For more information click here

3. Orange County zoo

Feeling wild? Let’s explore some animals at the local zoo. Animals on exhibit include black bears, mountain lions, bald eagle, ocelot, red-tailed hawk, great horned owls, porcupine, coyotes, turkey vultures, and more. The zoo also features a barnyard (petting zoo) with domestic goats, chevoit sheep, jacob sheep, pot-bellied pigs, doves, chickens, and pheasants. Each animal exhibit features a small display with interesting facts about the animals. Also, there is a train ride, paddle board and bike rentals. The zoo is open Weekdays 10:00 am – 3:30 pm and on the Weekend: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Admission is $2.00 PER PERSOn and CHILDREN 2 AND YOUNGER ENTER FREE!

4. Terramor Aquatic Park

The Ladera Ranch Water Park is the perfect spot during the hot summer months. The park features a bucket that dumps water into pool ever 3 minutes. There are also restrooms, outdoor showers, small splash & play area, 3 reservable picnic areas (covered), and little kid bike course with BBQ’s. The pool is only 18 inches deep with a beach style entry that is perfect for smaller children. The pool is located at 26281 O’Neil Drive. You have to be a resident with a pass card to get in, so find friends in Ladera Ranch! If you can’t find friends in Ladera, Irvine Spectrum has little water fountain play areas that toddlers adore! And there’s a carousel and plenty of food around there too!

5. Tanaka Farms/ South coast farms/Centennial farms

How about picking some fruits or veggies? Tanaka farms provides customers with things to do all year round. They host Strawberry Tours March through June, Melon Tours and Corn Picking Tours July through August, a Pumpkin Patch Tour from September to October, and a Holiday Tour in December. We also offer U-Pick Vegetable Tours and Cookout Tours throughout the year. They have lots of events and activities perfect for the little ones.

6. Zoomars and San Juan Day Trip

Quick trio to the petting zoo and cute lunch in the history of dis town? Yes please. Zoomars is not as affordable as Orange County zoo but it’s very cute. And San Juan downtown is adorable. There are lots of cute restaurants. Another great stop there is the mission. For hours and pricing visit here.

7. Pretend City

Too hot to go out? Or feeling like being a doctor/fireman/dentist for the day? Come to pretend city. Such a great place for kids to run around, explore new areas and play with friends. They also offer Baby steps, days where only babies under 18 months old are allowed. For hours and pricing visit

8. We play Loud

Another great indoor spot for the hot day is we play loud. We Play Loud Kids’ Playground is a large two level indoor play structure (covering over 3,600 square feet) that has a variety of activities for your kids to enjoy such as: a giant 4 person wave slide, foam ball fountain, two foam ball dumping baskets, rainbow bridges, pyramid obstacles, web net bridges, 6 level fireman climb, spinning plates, play panels, two automatic foam ball loading machines, 2 level tube slide, etc…and the list goes on. And if that wasn’t enough we have rides like a rocking boat, spinning coconut tree, inflatable UFO, a spinning giant octopus, and our cruising jumbo jet airplane ride; just to name a few. For more info click here.

9. Crystal Cove Beach Day – Have you seen the cool tide pools at crystal cover? Go explore the tide pools and find some cool water creatures. Splash in the water and finish the day off with a fun lunch with ocean view at Crystal Cove Shake Shack. For more info on the tide pools, a map and FAQs click here.

10. Disneyland – Of course we can’t forget about Disneyland! Do I need to say more?

Hope you found a new activity to do with your little one! What’s your favorite outing in OC? Share below ❤️

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