heWith Summer right here, we’re always looking for things to do. Besides the beach and our favorite local parks we are always in need of some sort of activity– or as Zoe says “something fun.” It’s not easy to try and find things that everyone enjoys or without dropping close to $100 a day for an activity for the 5 of us.
My ABSOLUTE favorite thing to do is look into yearly memberships. They are usually SUCH a great deal and we can go all the time and it really is the most bang for your buck and your kids will, hopefully, never be bored.
My favorite memberships for kids in the LA area are The Aquarium of the Pacific, The Discovery Cube, The Kidspace Children’s Museum, LA Zoo, & The Natural History Museum. I think about it like this, if we go twice, it’s totally worth it. We could probably go to all of these places twice in the summer to make it exciting. Going during the Summer may be tough as it’s crowded, but the cost factor is far less than it would be to put the three kids in camp every single week of Summer. So throw in your favorite parks, a beach day, go to the movies, visit your local library and research the best annual memberships in your area and you are set! Don’t forget to pack your snacks/lunches (if allowable) and the only cost I can’t help you with is parking. Everywhere in LA charges for parking.
Another thing I’d look into is your local calendar. Our town puts on concerts every Sunday night and everyone goes. It’s the BEST thing ever. We pack up a picnic, a ton of wine and the kids literally eat crackers & cheese for dinner but they get to play with their friends. They don’t like to miss the Sunday concerts in the park ever. If you’re in the South Bay, there are a ton of options for things like this. Hermosa does them on the sand, Redondo does them on pier twice a week and Manhattan does them at the park on Sundays. There are PLENTY of options. Check your local calendar and get connected with your community.