Exploring California With Kids
California has so much to offer both tourists, and it’s residents. From famous cities to National Parks, it’s easy to overlook smaller spots that you never knew we’re there. The sheer amount of things to do in Southern California can be overwhelming. If not for our blog, Trang and I may never have found some of California’s best-hidden gems.
With two kids, international travel isn’t as easy as it once was. Thankfully California is a prime tourist location in its own right. With more things to do within the state than most countries can offer around the globe.
We’re fortunate to call California home and can’t wait to undercover even more great things about it.
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Los Angeles County
We’re always on the lookout for unique parks in the greater Los Angeles area. Arlington Garden in Pasadena is one of those places. The three-acre garden feels a lot like a mini arboretum that’s broken up into many different plant communities, with each area having its own distinctive feel and atmosphere. Opened in 2005, Arlington promotes well-being and relaxation.
The Wildlife Learning Center has provided care for displaced, rescued, and zoo-born wild animals for many years. At the time of our visit, the Wildlife Learning Center was only offering private tours so we opted for their Adventure Tour. We initially thought our 4-year-old would enjoy the tour the most, but everyone in the group loved the experience.
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Adventure Playground Irvine’s hands-on design allows kids of all ages to get dirty and show off their creative side. Large Lego Blocks enable kids to make life-size versions for whatever they can imagine. We highly recommend a visit if you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids in Orange County.
For a roadside attraction, the Cabazon Dinosaurs is a must-visit if you’re driving through. Initially opened in 1975 by Claude Bell, the Dinosaurs were initially built to attract travelers to his now-closed restaurant. Still, the dinosaurs were made famous in classic 80’s movies like Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and The Wizard.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
Lytle Creek was a great activity for our family. With the pandemic in full swing, we’ve had to try more isolated activities. While It’s still possible to go out, safe options are getting even harder to find. Lytle Creek is nice because you don’t have to hike far to enjoy nice clear water coming down from the mountain.
In December, families from all over SoCal visit Logan’s Candies to watch them make their signature peppermint candy canes. The 45-minute presentation goes from boiling the sugar into bending the candy into its iconic shape. At the end of the demo, you can even form your unique candy cane!
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EVENTS
The FUNBOX LA Pop-up selfie museum in the Westfield Santa Anita Mall is a colorful Instagram playground that any selfie-loving person can enjoy. FUNBOX LA is a family-friendly pop-up and well worth a visit if anyone in your family is addicted to Instagram. Learn more about this limited time pop-up in the Post
We drove down to San Diego for a day of fun and relaxation. In addition to a full day of eating, we headed south to visit the Wonderspaces San Diego popup exhibit located inside B Street Pier.
We had a blast visiting Happy Place at LA Live in Los Angeles. While it’s LA run in nearly over, Happy Place will be reopening in Chicago this Summer! The pop-up is excellent for more than just people addicted to Instagram. We brought our 20-month-old daughter, and she loved it!
The awe-inspiring atmosphere is the result of blending nature & special effect lighting. The blend delivers an experience, unlike anything we’ve seen before. The Enchanted: Forest of Light is an event that shouldn’t be missed.
For over 25 years The Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights has been wowing visitors of all ages. Located in Riverside California, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa goes all out every holiday season.
Down an alley in the Art District of LA lays a pop-up ice cream museum that’s been selling out of tickets as fast as they put them up. The Museum of Ice Cream Pop-up has been wildly popular in its limited run.
We visited the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana to watch some pizza making. It was 6,333.30 feet of continuous pizza to be exact. An official record certified by the genius book of world records.