Family Activities in Buena Park, CA
An outing with the kids is the perfect excuse to check out Medieval Times... but once there, adults will also love the swordplay, pageantry and hearty fare. The main event of the evening is jousting and other tests of skill between six knights – each table gets assigned a team to cheer for. The fight is woven into a tale of medieval romance; you'll also get introduced to the royal court and witness feats of horse showmanship and falconry. Admission gets you an everything-included dinner—soup, focaccio, roasted chicken and dessert (adult beverages are extra; vegetarian options are available). And for the morbid, there's a medieval torture museum.
At Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, families can enjoy the mild weather and natural beauty of Orange County. Nestled close to the Coyote Hills, the park spans 105 acres and offers grassy fields, lush rolling hills and steep sandstone cliffs. And you can experience the full range of outdoor activities: It has baseball fields, horsehoe pits, barbecues, shady picnic areas, tennis courts, and a playground for tots, as well as fishing in a three-acre lake and amazing hiking trails. Get away from it all, and enjoy a day of relaxation and exercise with the family.
Dinosaurs, earthquakes, black holes and comets: Science is hardly dull if it's presented in a hands-on, engaging way. And that's what you'll find at Discovery Science Center, with features ranging from archaeology exhibits, scale model rockets, earthquake and hurricane simulators, a bubble show, and hands-on experiments with air, electricity and more – plus special shows with kid-friendly themes like Star Wars. Kids will love the chance to lie on a bed of nails, and witness scientific reactions right before their eyes. Come spark their love of learning -- and may be your own.
If you harbor weekend-warrior dreams of climbing mountains, figuring out how to get started is the hardest part. Rock City Climbing Center takes climbing from intimidating to accessible, for people of all ages and fitness levels. Explore their two huge rooms of climbing surfaces. Take classes in everything from climbing 101 to Wilderness Survival and Advanced Self-rescue. Rates start at $12 for a day pass ($10 for those under 8), plus equipment rental. Clients rave about the friendly, knowledgeable staff. You choose which path to climb, so your workout can be as hard or easy as you want.
For Californians, the chance to ice skate outdoors is rare. So you'll want to take advantage of Buena Park's holiday-season ice rink, located downtown at the mall. The rink stays up from late November to the end of January, and provides kids and adults alike a chance to show off their moves. Try out your pirouettes and figure-8s-- or at least try to stay upright. The rink uses eco-friendly synthetic ice and stays open until 11 or later most nights. The combination of lights, music and joyful kids provides a magical holiday atmosphere.