2410 Marine Ave., Redondo Beach
If you love the water this is the place for you. A water slide park that has four awesome slides and even a little beach area to do your sun bathing. Volleyball court, picnic tables (must rent one if you bring your own food), this place has got it all. Great for all ages.
HOURS: Open from the middle of April till the middle of June on weekends only from 10am-6pm. From middle of June till Labor Day-open everyday from 10am-7pm.
COST: $10.50 for all ages; $7 for parents with children 11 years and under. After 3pm-admission is $7 for everyone.
111 Raging Water Drive, San Dimas
A great water slide park that seems like it never ends. This place has got some great slides including a six hundred foot ride of a 100 foot tower and a new ride called El Nino, but don’t worry they have a place for the younger kids to hang out at Kids Kingdom.
Great for all ages.
HOURS: Open from middle of April to May, and Labor Day through October on weekends only from 10:30am-6pm. Open Memorial Day through June; Mon.-Fri. 10:30am-6pm;Sat. & Sun. 10am-7pm. Open July & August; Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm.; Sat. & Sun. 9:30am-9pm.
COST: $21.99 for 4ft. and taller; $14.99 for under 4ft.; Children 2 and under are free; Parking is $5.
SIX FLAGS HURRICANE HARBOR
Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia
If your a dare devil then come and try the tallest enclosed speed slide west of the Mississippi! You will feel like you are on a tropical island at this park. If you’re a surfer or just want to practice come and try the wave pool. This really is a great water slide park. Great for all ages.
HOURS: Open daily from June till Labor Day from 10am-6pm; May and September on weekends only from 10am-6pm.
COST: $18 for adults; $11 for seniors and kids under 4ft. tall. Children under 2 are free. Look into combo tickets for both Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor. Parking is $6.
SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN
Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia
If you like to be dropped, spun around, and swung back and forth; then this is definitely the park for you, but they do have a place for the younger crowd or the people who enjoy Bugs Bunny and his pals! Great for all ages.
HOURS: April-October everyday from 10am-6pm. Open the rest of the year weekends and holidays from 10am-6pm. Call to find out what their extended summer hours are.
COST: $34 for adults; $20 for seniors; $17 for kids under 4ft. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $6.
Universal Center Drive, Universal City (Studio City)
What a great place if you are interested in seeing how movies are made including very cool special affects. Also some great rides are Jurassic Park, Back to The Future, and Earthquake which you will experience on the tram ride which is a tour through the back lot. Great for 3 years and up.
HOURS: hours vary all year round-call to find out times.
COST: $45 for adults. $35 for kids. Kids 2 and under are free.
10120 S. Beach Blvd., Stanton
A museum that is very similar to the Children’s Museum, except here there are a few rides for kids to go on (and adults) such as a train ride and an airplane ride. Great for kids under 11.
HOURS: In the summer: Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm; Sat. & Sun. 11am-7pm. The rest of the year: Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. & Sun. 11am-7pm.
COST: Children 1 year and older- $4.95, which includes admission, face painting, puppet shows, entrance to the petting farm, and Thomas the Tank play area. $10.95 includes all of the above and unlimited rides.
1313 Harbor Blvd., Anaheim
What can you say about Disneyland. It is definitely a place for everyone young and old. “The Happiest Place on Earth” has all the rides and games a person could ever want. You really need a full day here especially if you are going with little kids. They even have kosher food at a couple of the restaurants. Ask any of the restaurants there and they will guide you to them. Great for everyone!!
HOURS: Always call before you go because times and prices do change all the time.
COST: $38 for 12 years and older; $28 for children 3-11; $36 for senior citizens. Under 3-free. Also you can purchase tickets in advance by going to www.Disneyland.com you can even get some discounts by doing this.
KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
“The friendliest place in the west.” Another great amusement park where you should really plan a whole day to go through the whole park. Do not miss Roaring Rapids especially in the summer time it’s a nice way to cool down!! Great for all ages!!
HOURS: CALL FOR HOURS BECAUSE THEY CHANGE WEEK TO WEEK.
COST: $35 for 12 and older; $25 for children 3-11;$25 for senior citizens. 2 and under free.
WILD RIVERS WATER PARK
8770 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine
(714) 768-WILD (9453)
What a great place for the whole family to beat the heat in the summer. There are more than 40 water slides to chose from, some are more scary then others and some are actually quite relaxing! Great for all ages.
HOURS: Open from May till the end of September. Call for specific times-due to frequent changes.
COST: $19.95 for adults; $9.95 for seniors; $15.95 for ages 3-9; children 2 and under are free. After 4pm admission is $9.95 for everyone. Parking is $4.
CASTLE AMUSEMENT PARK
3500 Polk St., Riverside
An amusement park for everyone. If you want to go on roller coasters and other rides or just play miniature golf and arcades then this is the place for you. They really incorporate a family fun center with an amusement park. They have a 3 level arcade and 35 rides. Great for all ages.
HOURS: Arcade and miniature golf are open Sun.-Thurs. 10am-10pm; Fri. & Sat. 10am-12am. The ride park is open from 6pm-10pm on Fri. and 12pm-12am Sat. & Sun.
COST: Admission is free. The rides are 50 cents a piece or you can buy a ticket book; $10 for 22 tickets; $18 for 50; $27 for 100. The rides require anywhere between 2-5 tickets depending on the age of the rider. You can also buy an unlimited pass for all the rides including the pony ride: $12 for 12 years and under; $14 for 13 years and older. Parking is $3.
PHARAOH’S LOST KINGDOM
California St., Redlands
(909) 335-PARK (7275)
A fun place if you want to stay indoors or outdoors. Inside is a huge place filled with arcades, laser tag, and a children’s play area with soft toys and balls. Outside you have a race car track, bumper boats, miniature golf, and a roller coaster. Great for all ages.
HOURS: Sun.-Thurs. 10am-10pm; Fri. & Sat. 10am-12am. Hours do change so call before you go.
COST: For unlimited use of the park: $29.95 for adults; $19.95 for ages 2-11. You can also buy tickets for in smaller packages for either a single attraction or other combinations.
14011 Ridge Hill Road, El Cajon
If you like the old wild west then you will like this amusement park. Filled with rides, water slides, and 2 pools one for adults and one wading pool for children (a great way to cool off in the summer). They also have picnic tables (you can bring your own food). Great for ages 3-13.
HOURS: Hours vary due to the opening date. Please call to find out latest times.
COST: $6.50 for adults; $4 for seniors; $8.50 for ages 3-12; children under 2 are free.
161 Recreation Drive, Vista
(760) 940-WAVE (9283)
If you can’t make it to the ocean for some surfing you can catch a wave on the wave machine at this park! Also there are four 4 story high water slides. There is a special part of the park for kids 48″ and under. Great for all ages!
HOURS: Open from the end of May till June 5 from 11am-5pm and from June 6 through Labor Day from 10:30am-5:30pm.
COST: $9.25 for ages 7-59; $6.25 for ages 3-6 and seniors. Children under 2 are free. Parents who are just coming to watch there kids pay the full admission price, but when you leave the park you can get a $6 refund if your admission wristband is dry.
WHITE WATER CANYON
2052 Otay Valley Road, Chula Vista
A great water slide park in San Diego. Tons of different water slides from scary to not so scary. They also have a wave machine. They have a special sections for younger kids and toddlers all in very shallow water. There is also a volleyball court, softball field, and an arcade area. Great for all ages.
HOURS: Call for hours. Times vary every season depending on opening date.
COST: $21.99 4ft. and taller; $15.99 for kids under 4ft; $13.99 for seniors; Children under 2 are free.