Ready, Set, Play: 10 Kid-Friendly Airbnbs in California with Playgrounds

California welcomes more than 50 million visitors each year. The Golden State not only experiences a high rate of travel and tourism, but it is also considered one of the top family-friendly vacation destinations in the world. Children in particular love visiting the region’s top attractions, including the iconic Disney California Adventure Park.

Of course, you’ll want to ensure that the place you’re staying offers ample entertainment options to keep your kids content during your visit. There are many Airbnbs throughout California that cater to children’s needs and offer fun amenities like game rooms, theaters, and great outdoor spaces. Here is a look at our top picks for kid-friendly Airbnbs in California with Playground.

1. Kid-Friendly Beach House in La Jolla

Kid-Friendly Beach House in San Diego
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Family Features: Private front and backyard, children’s bedroom, ocean views, dining table with seating for 12, fully-equipped kitchen, jacuzzi, play structure, BBQ grill, landscaping, fast wifi, flatscreen TVs, gaming system, and DVDs.

Kid-Friendly Amenities: Pack ‘n Play, high chair, and children’s books and toys.

Sleeps: 11

Rates from: $493 per night

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This newly remodeled beach home features all new appliances, flooring, and bathrooms. The four-bedroom, three-bath home offers an open floor plan with ocean views from the kitchen. The family room opens up to the private backyard which has a private jacuzzi, large children’s play structure, artificial grass, beautiful landscaping, barbecue grill, and ample seating for outdoor entertaining.

Families can enjoy access to a range of entertainment options in the home, from the Xbox 360 game system to the wide assortment of kids’ movies and board games. You’ll also find many kid-friendly attractions nearby, such as The New Children’s Museum. There are areas throughout the museum that are age-specific and span across many age groups. Children will enjoy engaging with the hands-on exhibits, artistic activities, and fun workshops designed to encourage kids to think, play, and create.

2. Luxury Family Lodge in Tahoe City

Luxury Family Lodge in Tahoe City
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Family Features: Fully-stocked kitchen, hot tub, gas fireplace, flatscreen TVs, walk-in shower, tub, outdoor games, propane grill, playground, volleyball court, bocce ball court, wifi, and Blu-ray player.

Kid-Friendly Amenities: Children’s games and books.

Sleeps: 6

Rates from: $488 per night

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Enjoy complete tranquility in this five-bedroom lodge situated on one acre. The luxurious estate offers a wide range of family-friendly features, such as a playground, fire pit, volleyball court, and access to a private Lake Tahoe beach and pier. There are five fireplaces throughout the home, a large deck with a jacuzzi, plush sectional, and a game room.

When your family is not having a barbecue or sitting around the fire pit, you’ll find plenty of things to do nearby the Airbnb. Go ziplining or brave an aerial adventure course. Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park offers a variety of incredible treetop courses that range from beginner to advanced. These courses are available to guests as young as five years old.

3. Lifeguard Treehouse Wonderland in Arroyo Grande

Lifeguard Treehouse Wonderland in Arroyo Grande
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Family Features: Flat screen TVs, game console, play structures, trampoline, sandbox, hammock, outdoor games, fire pit, outdoor seating, lifeguard tower treehouse, and bicycles.

Kid-Friendly Amenities: Pack ‘n Play, high chair, children’s books and toys, children’s dinnerware, and outlet covers.

Sleeps: 4

Rates from: $131 per night

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Your trip to the central coast will likely be a memorable one when you reserve this treehouse-style Airbnb in Arroyo Grande. A boathouse and tower sit just behind the main house on the back of the property. The boathouse has its own queen-size bed, full bath and kitchen, and full-sized couch sleeper. Guests also have access to driveway parking, wifi, gaming system, outdoor shower, fire pit, gas grill, and a private yard with patio, play structures, and kids toys.

Nearby the home is plenty of fun activities and attractions. Spend a day at Dinosaur Caves Park, an 11-acre, oceanfront park with a cool dinosaur theme. Families will discover a large play area that includes a dinosaur, concrete dolphins, vibrant dinosaur eggs, seals, a tot swing, a tire swing, and the USS Imagination.

4. Stylish Kid-Friendly Airbnb in San Diego

Stylish Kid-Friendly Airbnb in San Diego
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Family Features: Strollers, swimming pool, central AC, oversized jacuzzi, playground, playhouse, BBQ, outdoor seating, bunk beds, wifi, and cable TV.

Kid-Friendly Amenities: Baby monitor, children’s dinnerware, crib, outlet covers, baby bath, high chair, children’s books and toys, and babysitter recommendations.

Sleeps: 11

Rates from: $327 per night

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Conveniently located in San Diego, this four-bedroom property is just 15 minutes from the beach, as well as popular attractions like the San Diego Zoo. The home is fully furnished and offers an open floor plan, two full baths, an elegant master bedroom, plenty of storage space, and bunk beds for the kids.

Outdoors, the family can enjoy swimming in the pool or barbecuing. Internet and cable TV are included at no extra cost. The backyard also has many fun toys for the kids, including a playground and playhouse. There is ample seating for adults to sit by and relax as the kids play.

5. Resort-Style Property in Fullerton

Resort-Style Property in Fullerton
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Family Features: Hot tub, pool, washer and dryer units, private backyard, outdoor kitchen, BBQ, large screen TVs, tennis court, basketball hoop, swing set, and garage.

Kid-Friendly Amenities: Crib

Sleeps: 16

Rates from: $793 per night

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This expansive two-story home spans more than 5,000 square feet and contains five bedrooms and four baths. There is also a laundry room with a washer and dryer. The backyard has its own kitchen with a wood fire pizza oven. The pool and jacuzzi have a built-in slide and there is a children’s playground and matching swing set.

While staying in Fullerton, you’ll find a variety of attractions that are family-friendly. Spend a day wandering the Fullerton Arboretum, a 26-acre botanical garden that is home to more than 4,000 different types of plants from around the world. There is also a network of walking trails and a museum.

6. Dream Family Home in Anaheim

Dream Family Home in Anaheim
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Family Features: Cable TV, ping pong table, game console, swing set, arcade games, outdoor toys, kids-themed rooms, and fenced backyard.

Kid-Friendly Amenities: Pack ‘n Play, crib, children’s dinnerware, fireplace guards, high chair, changing table, baby bath, board games, babysitter recommendations, and children’s books and toys.

Sleeps: 8

Rates from: $424 per night

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Experience a dream family vacation at this fun kid-friendly home in Anaheim. Inside, you’ll discover cozy accommodations including children’s themed bedrooms and plenty of toys and games. Outside, there is a professional playground and an array of carts and scooters. Children will love driving down the actual roads with street signs.

The home is nearby many great attractions, such as Knotts Berry Farm. The popular theme park is home to the Old West Gown Town and some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever eat. There are also daily stage shows, first-class roller coasters, and other activities designed for people of all ages.

7. Jurassic Style Airbnb Resort in Anaheim

Jurassic Style Airbnb Resort in Anaheim California with Playground
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Family Features: Cable TV, ping pong table, game console, mini-golf, arcade games, play structure, kid-themed rooms, BBQ, outdoor games, and ride-on toys.

Kid-Friendly Amenities: Pack ‘n Play, children’s dinnerware, crib, children’s books and toys, high chair, changing table, baby bath, outlet covers, and board games.

Sleeps: 8

Rates from: $458 per night

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If your children love dinosaurs, then this is the Airbnb for your family. This Jurassic-themed resort-style home has been completely decked out with children’s games, toys, and custom-made, life-size dinosaurs. Families will love playing in the game room or challenging each other to a round of golf in the backyard. There is also a fully-stocked kitchen, outdoor grill, laundry room, and a fully-loaded TV with streaming channels.

For even more fun, take the kids to Seascape Kids Fun where you’ll find a variety of indoor slides, a foam shooting range, and food options. The open play area is best suited for children between the ages of 2 and 14.

8. Private Guesthouse in San Diego with Pool and Playground

Private Guesthouse in San Diego with Amazing Yard
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Family Features: Flat screen TVs, cable TV, game console, pool, central AC, washer and dryer units, jacuzzi, BBQ, playset, large yard, and gardens.

Kid-Friendly Amenities: Pack ‘n Play, children’s dinnerware, crib, babysitter recommendations, children’s books and toys, baby safety gates, high chair, baby bath, outlet covers, and board games.

Sleeps: 8

Rates from: $405 per night

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Designed exclusively for families, this private 1,100 square foot guesthouse features a fully-equipped kitchen, central AC, washer and dryer units, three bedrooms, and a nursery. Guests also have access to a saltwater pool and jacuzzi. Beach toys, chairs, and umbrellas are provided.

San Diego offers families a wide range of amazing attractions, such as the Birch Aquarium. The aquarium is home to dozens of interesting exhibits. Children will also enjoy seeing animal feedings and shows. Toddler time is available every other Wednesday at 10 AM.

9. Cozy Back House in Anaheim with Playground and Trampoline

Cozy Back House in Anaheim with Playground and Trampoline Kid Friendly AIrbnb
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Family Features: Playground, trampoline swing set, outdoor seating, fenced yard, free parking, private entrance, patio, strong wifi, TV with streaming services, free laundry, full kitchen, mini-BBQ grill, and free snacks.

Kid-Friendly Amenities: Pack ‘n Play, high chair

Sleeps: 8

Rates from: $91 per night

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Just a 10-minute drive from Disneyland you’ll find this cozy one bedroom, one bath back house. The home offers everything you need for a stress-free vacation, including free wifi, laundry facilities, a fully-stocked kitchen, refrigerator with filtered water, a BBQ grill, and free snacks like popcorn and hot cocoa.

Outside, the kids will love playing on the playground set and the large 15-foot trampoline. There is also plenty of other fun things to do while in Anaheim, such as skating at The Rinks Anaheim Ice. Rent a pair of skates or bring your own and enjoy gliding around the ice rink.

10. Family-Friendly Home in South Lake Tahoe

Family-Friendly Home in South Lake Tahoe
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Family Features: TV, wifi, jacuzzi, fireplace, playground, outdoor seating, BBQ, and fire pit.

Kid-Friendly Amenities: Pack ‘n Play and bunk beds.

Sleeps: 10

Rates from: $167 per night

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Enjoy a relaxing vacation with the family at this three-bedroom, three-bath home in South Lake Tahoe. The home is located within minutes of the beach, dining, shops, skiing, and other family entertainment. There is also a private hot tub and outdoor play structure for the kids.

If you’re looking for a nearby attraction that will keep the kids entertained for hours, head to Magic Carpet Golf. The family-operated miniature golf course offers a colorful golf course, along with a video game arcade and snack bar. The golf course is open seasonally – usually April through October weather permitting.

Liz Coyle

Liz is a Scottsdale-based writer and mom of two young children and one not so young Boston Terrier. She is a lover of cooking, travel, and any activities she can do with the kids. She loves to share her experiences of being a high-strung, type a mom in an imperfect world.

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