With Spring Break vastly approaching, I’ll first be crossing my fingers that the sun will be shining and that we can hit up the beach A LOT. However, the weather lately has been less than cooperative. So, we’ll be taking advantage of our yearly memberships– which I cannot express enough how much i LOVE them.
We have memberships to Knotts Berry Farm / Soak City, The Discovery Cube, The Natural History Museum, and the Long Beach Aquarium. We’ve been to all of these more than 3 times since December. They are WELL worth it. I feel like the more kids you have, the better the investment it is. With that being said, we’ll be doing some of these things for sure, but I also wanted to give you guys some other ideas if you are staying in town and want something fun to do.
I am on the fence about taking the kids to Vegas for a couple of nights because it’s so inexpensive and all they want is a hotel room and a pool– so that’s always an option. When booking these last minute getaways, I find that I get the best deals using the app Hotels Tonight. It literally is my favorite place to book outside of airbnb.
Griffith Park is amazing. Being here in the South Bay, there just isn’t a whole bunch of space so, being outdoors and letting the kids run and explore is one of our go to’s! I can’t go far without a picnic packed but the kids would love the observatory and the Old LA Zoo.
Santa Monica Pier might be a bit busy, but I have yet to take the kids. I’m not sure how well they’d do as they’ve been spoiled by Knotts Berry Farm, but it’s on the water and just a completely different vibe. I LOVE the hit the balloon with the dart games and all that food. YUM.
The Getty- I haven’t been in years. I feel like the kids would enjoy it. I guess when I say kids, I mean the girls. The parking is $15 and you can spend the day. The views are incredible, they get to ride the tram, explore the grounds and see a ton of amazing artwork. They have an app that you can do a mobile scavenger hunt which is super fun for the kiddos and they also have a family room– BONUS. It’s not too far from us and plenty of places to stop off at on the way back.
Kidspace in Pasadena is somewhere I wish we had a membership to! It’s a hike to get there but it is completely hands on. It’s $14 a person and you can purchase on their website. I took the girls last spring break, and I’m thinking that I’ll have to pull T out for school for the day so that he can enjoy it as well. You can bring in your own snacks or pack as there’s an awesome park right outside of the rose bowl that the girls absolutely love. There are a ton of different exhibits, rooms, and exploratory options. Bonus, depending on the way that you look at it– there is a water feature !! I also love that it’s close to Old Town Pasadena. We’ll usually pack a snack that’ll be sufficient enough for the duration of the museum and then go to a late lunch in town.
Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. OK, I get it, it’s far for shopping but they just don’t make shopping centers like this in our area. There are a ton of outdoor spaces for kids to take a break, romp around and the real reason to drag your kids out here is for is The Mug Shake. The most visually pleasing and delicious milkshakes! Dragging the kiddos shopping deserves an award! We have friends in the IE, so I’ll probably see if they can join us for a treat and make a day out of it. Another thing that we may do while we’re out that way is to stop off at Ontario Mills. As a kid, my mom would always take us to the outlets .. now I know why. We need a lot of shoes, socks and jackets!
Redondo Beach Pier- glass bottom boat, Fun Factory & whale watching! We used to come to the pier all the time, but with my major bird phobia, visits have been less and less. I remember when Nat turned 3 and Brendan was on tour I was home for 3 months with both babies we did a Birthday Week and we did the submarine ride! It is so neat for kiddos to hop on to a glass bottom boat and see actual fish! The tour guide lets the kids throw fish food into the water and you can see a swarm of fish! They’ll take you out to the break wall to see the sea lions (plug your nose) and bring you back. While you’re at the pier, you can also sign up for a whale watching tour as well as hit up the Fun Factory! It’s an old school arcade that has been there forever, if you’re interested, get in there soon because I’m pretty sure their lease will be up soon. I love me some skee ball!
So, suffice to say, I think I’ll get to squeeze in ONE mandatory errand day and the rest of the time we’ll be doing the above. If anyone is in the area and wants to join, please don’t hesitate to reach out!