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Explore California's Family Playgrounds
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Discover Orange County

The undisputed granddaddy of theme parks has been leading the way since 1955, inviting visitors to spend the day in the ultimate land of make-believe, ...

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Welcome to Kidifornia, home to magical family holidays

The latest “Welcome to Kidifornia” commercial offers a quick peek at some trip-of-a-lifetime family holidays in the Golden State—filled with beaches, national parks, theme parks, and more...

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Myles McGuinness
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Photo by DJ Ashton/Courtesy of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

Charles M. Schulz Museum

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See comic strips, visit the artist’s studio and skate at this Santa Rosa museum

The iconic characters of the Peanuts comic strip may have lived somewhere around Minnesota, but their creator, Charles Schulz, lived for...

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Take a peek at some trip-of-a-lifetime California family holidays

Welcome to Kidifornia, a place filled with some of the greatest family holidays in the Golden State. Check out amazing views of the Golden Gate...

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Learn about San Diego’s Spanish roots, go tide pooling and watch for whales at this historic park

Charged by his native Spain to explore new worlds, Spaniard explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped ashore at this tip of land in 1542,...

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Kid-Friendly Guide to California Road Trips

Tips and ideas for taking the family on a Golden State getaway

California’s natural beauty and diverse attractions make it the perfect place to plan a family road trip. With so many places to see...

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These theme parks and sights are perfect for toddlers and kids age 5 or younger

Bringing a toddler to a theme park is not for the faint-hearted. Heck, bringing a little kid anywhere can be a challenge. But don’t despair....

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Unleash the kid within at California’s ultimate play lands

From Disneyland classics to beachfront carousels, the Golden State’s best-in-class theme parks deliver something for everyone, from tots and teens to film buffs and daredevils. Find out what is...

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Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
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Rooms that will make your little ones think you're the coolest parents in the world

Let’s be honest: any hotel with a pool can make a child happy. But add the family friendly additions that these premier accommodations have, such as special children’s programmes, in room treats,...

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Giraffes at the San Diego Zoo

Spotlight: San Diego Zoo

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See rare and endangered species

Visiting this expansive zoo in San Diego’s Balboa Park is more than a chance to see animals from all over the world: it’s a chance to see one of...

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Make memories at some of California's family-favorite beaches

Sand, water, and children-it’s a natural combination for easy family fun. These sandy beaches offer appealing, family friendly features, such as calm water for new swimmers, tide pools for...

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All boysenberries – a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry – can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm.
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Kids get an inside look at wildlife, space, and more

From cool ways for your children to learn about wildlife, to an insider’s look at a space station, to a chance to walk through a rain forest or learn about the night sky, there’s a...

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July

Back in 1854, the first California State Fair was held in San Francisco, with the cows standing on display in Mission Dolores. The fair moved to Sacramento for good a few years later, but the...

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Take on whitewater rapids, pan for gold and

Pick a bit of gold from a riverbed scoured by the original pioneers. Descend deep into the earth to check out unusual rock formations. Get your heart racing with a ride down white water rapids....

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Mount Hermon

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Thrills and more in the Coast Redwoods

When it comes to thrills, turns out rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk aren’t the only option in the region. Nearby Mount Hermon lets you “...

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Kid-friendly fun zones, special kids' menus & amazing wine for the grownups

Sure wine country is romantic, but now it’s a surprisingly great destination for families too, with a growing number of vineyards trading in elegant tasting rooms for child-friendly fun zones that...

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California State Railroad Museum

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Climb aboard restored railroad cars at this family favorite

Consistently ranked as one of the best railway museums in the country, this expansive attraction presents 21 meticulously restored 'iron horse'...

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From Gold Rush history to 8th wonders of the world, visit these favorites

If there was ever a box of chocolates—and all of them delicious—it’s the rich collection of natural treasures, fascinating...

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Spotlight: Legoland California

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Magical Recreations, Rollercoasters & Smiles

It’s hard to say who enjoys Legoland more: the little ones running around in a magical world created by 60 million LEGO plastic bricks, or their...

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Unforgettable views of amazing animals

From rainforest canopies to luminous kelp beds teeming with sea life, California’s zoos and aquariums give you unforgettable glimpses of amazing animals in naturalistic habitats. Watch giant...

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Crystal Cove State Park

Stroll a perfect beach with an intriguing past

In 1912, an early Laguna Beach artist described finding a rugged coastline “with cove after cove and headland after headland, golden cliffs and...

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The Living Desert

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See cool desert critters from around the world

Talk about survival skills. The animals and plants on show at this extraordinary attraction shed light on the amazing adaptions that make it...

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The Tech

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A workout for your head, hands, and imagination

So much of the magic of the modern era happens invisibly and at nano scale, but The Tech Museum of Innovation—or simply ‘The Tech’—does a great...

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Family Snow Adventures

From riding snow machines to old-fashioned snowman-building, here’s where to find kid-friendly adventures off the slopes

Taking your family to the mountains this winter? Whether your crew is full of avid skiers or contented...