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Something different for 13 &9 year olds

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Something different for 13 &9 year olds

Hi, we visited Disneyland, Universal, Knotts and Legoland last year. We are planning a trip back in Sept next year and I was looking for ideas for something fun other than theme parks for us to do this time. My boys are 13 & 9. Thanks.

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1. Re: Something different for 13 &9 year olds

There are a couple of Kids Museums in the area, Discovery Science Center and the Bowers Kidseum. Dinner Shows, there are three in the area, including themes of Pirate's and Medieval Times.

Head to the Beach/Pier areas.

Here is a good link for things to do in the area.

www.visittheoc.com

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2. Re: Something different for 13 &9 year olds

How about the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. A lot of kids their age seem to like dinosaurs. The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is actually way cool too.

They could do a half day on a fishing boat out of Davey's Locker.

Take a day trip to Catalina Island.

Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and have lunch on the Queen Mary.

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3. Re: Something different for 13 &9 year olds

How about surfing classes in Huntington or Newport? Or how about seeing the taping of a TV show? Or one of the many sporting events...baseball, hockey or basketball?

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4. Re: Something different for 13 &9 year olds

Climb the rock wall and ride the 'bicycle on a tight rope' at the California Science Center in Exposition Park (just south of downtown Los Angeles). Warner Bros, Paramount Studios and Sony all offer 2+ hour 'studio tours' in small groups (of between 11 and 30 persons) with a private guide. You go INSIDE of the sound stages, prop houses, etc (rather than simply ride by them like you do on the short 'studio tour' at Universal.

Explore Griffith Park (one of the largest Urban Parks in the U.S.) (Google it). Visit the L.A. Zoo, the Western Heritage Museum, the Greek (outdoor) Theater, the Griffith Observatory (and Planetarium).

Check out a travel guide called DK Eyewitness Guide to Los Angeles.

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5. Re: Something different for 13 &9 year olds

Our next trip we are taking a cruise down to Mexicao (out of Long Beach). The prices are fantastic compared to what we pay in Australia and they have great canyoning /zip lining excusions as well as a kids club type set up for different age groups including a special (alcohol free) nightclub type area just for the teens.

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6. Re: Something different for 13 &9 year olds

What exact area will you be visiting?? Third Street Promenade and The Santa Monica Pier are fun spots! With older children it might be nice to tour UCLA or USC? Check out a local sporting event! Enjoy a fun dinner show at Medieval Times! Head North and hit Six Flags Magic Mountain ... Although I prefer to head South and enjoy the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and Catalina Island! =)

Edited: 30 October 2011, 04:53
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7. Re: Something different for 13 &9 year olds

Thanks everyone for all your great ideas, there is so much to see and do! onesassymom we are staying in Anaheim and wont have a car.

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8. Re: Something different for 13 &9 year olds

Medieval Times and Pirates Dinner Adventure are on Beach Blvd. in Buena Park near each other andup the street from Knott's, on the same bus route that goes to Knott's, the Metro 460.

The OC Beach Tour through Anaheim Visitor's Center will pick you up at your hotel in a van made to look like a surfer's "woody" van and take you to several OC beaches, plus give you lots of time at two or three or your choice (I would recommend Balboa Pier for your family).

Yoi could take the Metrolink right to San Clemenete Beach.

Many things listed in other posts are difficult to get to without a car. If you can rent a car for at least a day, you have more options.

One note about TV show tapings, there is an age requirement of 18 and above for most, if not all. However, the Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour allows children your age and is a working studio. That is in Burbank and there is a tour that goes there through Anaheim Visitor's Center.

Regarding Knott's: If you have only been to the theme parks, you may want to spend a couple of hours in the free area of the Market Place and Independence Hall. Get some boxes of Chicken To Go and a desert at the Farm Bakery to share and have lunch at ine of the tables near the Independence Hall where there is a duck pond and lots of roosters. You might want to check to see if Knott's Soak City is still open when you plan to go (that is next to Independence Hall).

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9. Re: Something different for 13 &9 year olds

The Discovery Science Center and the Bowers Kidseum are easily accessed using the OCTA Route 83 bus, goes from the Main Disneyland bus stop to both locations in about 20 minutes. As mentioned, the Sam Clemente Pier area is a nice change, both Metrolink and Amtrak trains stop there (selected trains only). And the stop is RIGHT at the pier.

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10. Re: Something different for 13 &9 year olds

We have been taking our son to Disneyland yearly since he was 3. He's 16 now. We have driven and taken him all over the place while there and really he's just happy going on rides at the parks. He does enjoy the coasters at Knottsberry Farm which isn't far.