If you're like many SoCal moms, when you hear "Anaheim" (assuming you don't live there) you immediately think "Angels," or "Ducks," or "Disneyland." But, as locals will attest, there's much more to do in Anaheim than seeking out Mickey and Minnie or attending a major league sporting event. And so, in keeping with our series of lists of 25 (make sure to read our lists of things to do in Culver City, Redondo Beach, Marina Del Rey, Burbank, Pasadena and Hollywood as well), we bring you 25 Things To Do With Kids in Anaheim.
1. We'll start with the obvious: Visit Disneyland!
2. Take 'em out to the ball game (the Angels, of course).
3. Tour Angels Stadium.
4. Visit the Oak Canyon Nature Center in the Anaheim Hills.
5. Go skating at The Rinks Anaheim Ice.
6. Get local fruits and veggies on Thursdays at the Anaheim Certified Farmers Market.
7. Spend "Summer Nights Under the Stars" at the Pearson Park Amphitheatre.
8. Hit up the Art Crawl, happening four times a year at Center Street Promenade. Plenty of good food, live entertainment, and of course art!
9. Take in a show (or audition for one) at Musical Theatre Orange County.
10. While away the hours at Yorba Regional Park, where you'll find trails, wildlife, playgrounds, and more.
11. Check out Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. Boing!
12. Get an amazing cake at, well, Amazing Cakes.
13. Downscale the amusement park experience (but not the fun) at Adventure City.
14. Become a student or see a performance at the Anaheim Ballet.
15. Sit in a the cockpit of a (simulated) Boeing 737 fighter pilot jet (ages 11 and up) at Flightdeck.
16. Head to Seascape Kids Fun for indoor slides, a foam shooting range, and so much more (ages 2-14).
17. Stroll and eat and shop 'til you drop at Anaheim GardenWalk.
18. Catch an Anaheim Ducks game.
19. Mini golf, laser tag, water slides? Camelot Golfland has it all.
20. Go to the races - the K1 Speed go-kart races, that is (ages 5 and up; must be 48" or taller).
21. Drive them up the wall (or along a ropes course) at Rock City Climbing Center.
22. Head to Muzeo and explore local heritage, culture, and the arts.
23. See a show (Harlem Globetrotters or Stars on Ice anyone?) at the Honda Center.
24. Have an upscale brunch, lunch, or dinner at Anaheim White House (they also do impressive charity work).
25. Explore Brookhurst Park, where kids can skateboard in the skate park or romp around the ever-popular "Moon Park." The playground equipment is other-worldly.
Photo credit: Barry Mulling via flickr