Things to do with kids (4-12 years old) in and around Santa Barbara 

Kids World in Santa Barbara in Alemeda Park

Kids World in Santa Barbara in Alemeda Park

Whether you refer to your little humans as kiddos, kidlets, chillins, little monsters or angels, these suggestions are sure to help you and your munchkins enjoy Santa Barbara.  These are kid-friendly and budget-conscious suggestions for your family! 


  • Alice Keck Park (Turtles!) 
  • Alameda Park – Awesome playground (best in SB) right across the street from Alice Keck Park 
Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo


  • Museum of Natural History
  1. Butterflies Alive!  
  2. Dinosaurs  
  3. Curiosity Lab
  4. Planetarium, shows for kids 


  • Ice skating and lessons
  • Carousel and playground/park
  • Zoo
  • *Summer Zoo Camps and puppet shows
  • Drive-In Theater
  • Tuesday is Family fun night $5.25 per
  • Kids 5-11 years old are only $1.25 every night
  • In n Out is only 5 minutes away; I recommend going there first to get burgers and fries to go and take it to the drive-in.  I also recommend buying movie candy at CVS (it’s all about saving money!)  Popcorn though…definitely at the theater.  Take blankets and sit in the back of your car (back of car facing big screen)
  • Art from Scrap (party in pj’s and other fun art programs) 
  • ALL Summer Camps (surf, art, sing, instruments, sports, etc) 

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