Orange County

Compared with other children's museums, this one is intimate and pretty mellow, with mostly low(ish) tech, hands-on art and cultural exhibits to keep the preschool and early elementary set entertained: drumming, dress-up, play kitchen, art projects and face-painting.

General admission tickets to the Bowers Museum include entry to the family-focused Kidseum.

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1. Bowers Museum

0.14 MILES

From its stately, Spanish Colonial–style shell, the Bowers Museum explodes onto the scene every year or so with remarkable exhibits that remind LA-centric…

2. Discovery Cube


Follow the giant 10-story cube – balanced on one of its points – to the county's best educational kiddie attraction. About 100 hands-on displays await,…

3. Plaza Square Park

2.02 MILES

This attractively landscaped traffic circle forms the crossroads of Old Towne Orange.

4. Christ Cathedral

2.54 MILES

This glass monolith was built in the shape of a four-pointed star and boasts 10,661 windows, seating capacity for 3000 and an organ with 16,000 pipes…

5. Radiator Springs Racers

4.21 MILES

This race-car ride bumps and jumps around a track painstakingly decked out like the Great American West. FastPass accepted.

6. Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters

4.22 MILES

Italian roadster Luigi from the Cars films orchestrates a dance in his back yard. Humans ride inside cars choreographed to classic retro tunes like Mambo…

7. Cars Land

4.24 MILES

This land gets kudos for its incredibly detailed design based on the popular Disney Pixar Cars movies. Top billing goes to the wacky Radiator Springs…

8. Hollywood Land

4.27 MILES

California’s biggest factory of dreams is presented here in miniature, with soundstages, movable props, and – of course – a studio store. A Guardians of…