Things to do in Southern California

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

Arlington Garden Pasadena
Visiting the Arlington Garden in Pasadena, CA

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. 

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Orange County

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Ventura County


Visiting the Cabazon Dinosaurs with kids
Visiting the Cabazon Dinosaurs in Cabazon, CA

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.


Lytle Creek River
Exploring Lytle Creek River in Lytle Creek, CA

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.