Destination: Family Fun

I’s time for frolicking about and creating memorable family moments. Everyone is aware of the “Big Five” attractions: Disneyland, Universal Studios, Sea World, Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm. Other destinations may not be as well known, but offer great times for all ages.

You won’t find any dinosaur remains at the La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles, but there are bones from a saber tooth tiger and other extinct animals. The Page Museum offers kids an exciting look at some extraordinary fossils and if the kids are really into artifacts head over to Exposition Park and check out the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. There they will find dinosaur exhibits along with tons of other intriguing displays.

The Bower’s Kidseum provides hands on activities for pre-school and early elementary children and is part of the Bower’s Museum of Cultural Art which always has intriguing exhibits from various places. The Art Lab has drop in family art adventures and your nanny will enjoy taking the little ones for storytelling on Friday mornings.

The seafaring kids in your life will enjoy whale watching at Newport Landing. Be sure to bring you camera because Newport Landing Whale Watching is sure to provide many picture perfect moments as finback and blue whales swim by along with huge pods of dolphins.

Young scientists are going to be enthralled with over 100 interactive exhibits at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. In fact, any curious kid will find something of interest here. Whether it’s lying on a bed of nails (ouch?!) or climbing up a rock wall (whew!!) your kids will have a great time discovering all there is to do.

Griffith Park in Los Angeles is a great place to take the family for a picnic. There are many things to do in this municipal park including checking out the observatory for the stargazers or the L.A. Zoo for the animal lovers. This park also boasts pony rides for the young equestrian. Introduce older kids to a concert at the park’s historical Greek Theater.

Speaking of picnics, why not head out to Irvine Park? This historic regional park has paddle boats, bikes for rent and is home to the Orange County Zoo. There are also playgrounds, pony rides and the Irvine Park Railroad.

Southern California is full of adventure and interesting places to visit. Nannies and families will enjoy exploring new ways to create summer fun. Check out Daytrippen to get more ideas for things to do in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Or maybe you have some ideas you’d like to share with readers?


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