Best Mommy & Me
The Mommy Center
The Mommy Center is a no-judgment zone for all things motherhood. It’s where moms can go to socialize, find support and make new friends for themselves and their little ones. The Mommy Center also offers a variety of classes, including Mommy and Me, Positive Parenting, Speech and Language BOOST Workshops, Sleep Consulting and more.
themommycenter.com | Laguna Hills
Best Party Caterer
Mendocino Farms is once again a winner with our readers thanks to its fresh ingredients and creative flavor combinations in sandwiches, soups and salads. The catering menu has quite a few options for gatherings of different sizes, from boxed lunches to mini, small, medium and large foodie packages and salads. They also have vegan and gluten-free options.
mendocinofarms.com | Multiple Locations
The drop-in facility is available for everyone. Kids can enjoy playing in a tree house, sensory garden, go on slides, climb poles and stumps or explore the kids’ fort zone. There are also natural play areas for families to create childhood memories. Pets are not allowed.
cityofirvine.org | Irvine
Best Indoor Skatepark
Vans Off The Wall Skatepark
The free skatepark has more than 35,000 square feet of rails, stair sets, rollers, bowls, gaps and more for local skaters to explore and work on their skills, making it one of the favorite attractions for our readers. The park is open every day, weather permitting. There is no skateboarding on Wednesdays, which is designated for BMX riders.
surfcityusa.com/listing/vans-off-the-wall-skatepark/401/ | Huntington Beach
Best Storytelling Time
Huntington Beach Public Library
It’s never too early to join storytime at Huntington Beach Library, which has a regular, 30-minute Baby & Me program with songs and activities for kids up to 18 months old. Storytime for older children (pre-kindergarten through third grade) is a one-hour session that includes stories as well as crafts. There’s also a Wise Owl Tween Club that meets every month.
huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/library/ | Huntington Beach
Best Party Entertainment
Creative Parties for Kids
If your child dreams of hanging out with his or her favorite princess or superhero, Creative Parties for Kids is ready to make the dream come true. Aside from known characters, face-painters, balloon artists, caricature artists and more, Creative Parties staff is open to working with you on custom themes. There’s even an option to have your child swim with a mermaid. Want to preserve the magical memories? Photographers and videographers are available for hire too.
creativepartiesforkids.com | Orange
Best Roller Rink
Fountain Valley Skating Center
Whether you want to learn how to skate or are an experienced skater looking to glide along, Fountain Valley Skating Center has an option for you. The family-friendly destination has roller-skating classes, open-skating sessions, group events, fundraisers and birthday parties. You can also join the club to save some money on your visits.
fvsc.com | Fountain Valley
Best Ice Skating Rink — TIE
Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
Aliso Viejo Ice Palace caters to kids and adults alike so the whole family can have some cool fun on the ice. Aside from public skating sessions, the Ice Palace has a skating school, hockey school and hockey for adults. You can also have a birthday party there.
avicepalace.com | Aliso Viejo
Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena
The new training facility for Anaheim Ducks and competitive skaters has four indoor ice rinks, a full-service restaurant and bar, a cafe and a gym. Programs for the public include youth and adult hockey leagues, figure skating, open recreational skating and more. It’s easy to see why it got so many votes from our readers.
greatparkice.com | Irvine
Best Batting Cage
Home Run Park
Home Run Park is one of the largest and longest running batting cage facilities around. It’s open seven days a week, doesn’t require reservations and is used by local teams as well as the public. Want to work on your game with a professional league player? Home Run Park offers hitting and pitching lessons.
homerunpark.com | Anaheim
Best Trampoline Place
Big Air Trampoline Park
Does it ever feel like your kids are bouncing off the walls? At Big Air, they actually can. The trampoline park has dodgeball courts, slam dunk courts, launch pads, a climbing wall, ninja-warrior course, foam pits and more. It’s high-flying fun for just about anyone in the family and a way for kids to burn off some energy.
bigairusa.com | Buena Park and Laguna Hills
Best Laser Tag/Virtual Reality Center
Play laser tag in a huge, two-level arena with three castles incorporated into game modes or compete against your friends in a virtual reality game. If there’s a game you’re interested in that’s not included, chances are the staff can get it for you. You can also channel your inner spy and try to get through a laser maze or hop on one of the interactive trampolines. Laser Land hosts group events and birthday parties as well.
laserlandusa.com/mv | Mission Viejo
By Magda Hernandez, Jessica Peralta and Nathan Davis