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Kids at Knott's Berry Farm
  Knott's Berry Farm – Not a farm at all, and the only berries are in jars sold at the gift store, Knott's Berry Farm is a theme park. "The Farm," set on 160 acres, has its own special delights. Like Disneyland, Knott's Berry is divided into six sections: Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, The Boardwalk, Indian Trails, Wild Water Wilderness and Camp Snoopy. There are also special events at the park, which change every few weeks.
      Independence Hall – The first thing you see when you get to Knott's Berry is a recreation of Independence Hall in Philadelphia: the building includes a reproduction of the Liberty Bell and exhibits about the founding of the United States. Because it's just outside the gate to the park, you can visit Independence Hall for free.
      Rides – As you'd expect, there are lots of roller coasters here, each taking its theme from its location in the park, and there's something for every thrill level. Older kids may also want to try "the world's tallest descending thrill ride" (the 30-story Supreme Scream) and everyone will have fun on the Bigfoot Rapids (my daughter screamed in delight at 5, even though we got thoroughly soaked).
Knott's Berry Farm
    Theme areas Even locals get a kick out of exploring the west in the different theme areas of the park. You can pan for gold or ride a stagecoach in one area, taste a little of Mexico in another, listen to Native American legends in a teepee, pet animals at Camp Snoopy (where everything is geared for little ones)…just exploring everything here will be a full day.
    Knott's Soak City – Next door to to Knott's Berry Farm is Soak City, a large water park. So bring your swim suits and float down the lazy Sunset River, ride the waves on the giant wave pool, or race down the speed slides. Little kids can play in the Greemie Lagoon water playground.
    Camelot Golfland miniature golf – There are five 18-hole courses here, with the whole range of challenges available (even water hazards). You’ll see all the cutesy buildings (windmills, castles) you could want and an arcade with over 200 games. You also get a four tube waterslides so you can cool off after a tough day on the course.
    The Movieland Wax Museum – Right next door to Knott's Berry Farm on Beach Boulevard, this spot has been a local landmark for almost 40 years. The museum boasts of having “more stars then there are in Hollywood” (at last count over 300 celebrities have been caught in wax). Perennially popular exhibits include the Wizard of Oz, Star Trek and Bonanza sets. Expect to spend a little more time and money at (or else steer clear of) the video game arcade and a great candy store with over 150 types of candy!
Flightdeck Air Combat Center – Looking for something for teens? Step into a flight suit and try flying a F-16 jet fighter. Authentic flight simulators let kids experience take off, landings, and aerial maneuvers. For ages 13 and up.
Discovery Science Center (Santa Ana) – Need amusement for the mind? The Discovery Science Center has over a 100 hands-on science exhibits, including Virtual Volleyball, Wind Tunnel, Musical Floor, Rocking Climbing Wall, and the Laser Beam Harp. Special events include the BubbleFest in April and Spooky Science in October. You can't miss the giant 10-story solar cube. Click here for directions to the museum and calendar of events.
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