This is a great trampoline place for all ages. First it has a dedicated toddler/little kids play area. No trampolines in this spot but slides, ball pit, swings, climbing structure, etc. Then there are four different jump options for everyone else--little ones included. There is a foam pit (3 and up), a good sized trampoline area with a designated 6 and under jump spot, Dodge Ball and then Basketball hoops. Its clean and lots to do for all ages. There is limited arcade games--compared to other places--which is nice if you have a kid who gets distracted easily. :) Also there is a place to eat, a concession stand and free wifi. They also have many specials from toddler jump, teen nights, party rooms, etc. We really love it here!
My family hiked this trail in early July when the kids were still strapped to our backs. The trail still had quite a bit of snow but we managed just fine, as did many other families on the trail. Views are beautiful as you climb up the hill and over into the Bumpass Hell area filled with bubbling mud pots, plenty of (stinky) sulfur steamworks. It is very important to keep kids on the boardwalk because the steam is hot (obviously) and the crust on the ground is very thin in spots. If your kids can't be trusted, hold their hands. The total hike is 3 miles round trip and has an 300 foot elevation gain. This hike is definitely not to be missed!
The Third Street Promenade is filled with shops, restaurants, coffee houses, booths, and a movie theater.
Parking is hard to come by since the three blocks that make up the Third Street Promenade are completely free of cars, but we parked in the mall parking garage. Parking in the mall parking garage is not free, but is affordable. The first 2 hours are free, and only $1 for each additional hour.
The Good: I visited the Third Street Promenade with my teenage daughter. With so many shops that she loves (think Forever 21, H&M, Hot Topic, and Pac Sun), she was in heaven! These three blocks are jam-packed with shops! We also loved the array of restaurants to choose from. I found my new favorite coffee here (yes, even better than Starbucks), The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. This chain originated in CA and can be found almost anywhere, but it’s the first time I tried it (they are not located in IL) and I loved it! The Original Vanilla Iced Blended was delish!
We also loved the many street performers that do their thing on the Third Street Promenade. I even saw one of The Voice’s former contestants, Naia Kete, performing some songs on all three times we visited the Third Street Promenade. Very cool!
The Bad: Beware of some of the scammers here, though. A booth merchant warned us of people collecting cash for their “charity”. She told us that if they don’t accept checks, it’s likely a scam artist.
Overall: If you’re in Santa Monica, you must visit the Third Street Promenade…there’s just so much to do!
Sushitto is conveniently located in the indoor food court at the Santa Monica Place shopping mall.
Parking in the mall parking garage is not free, but is affordable.
The Good: I ordered the California roll and it was topped with fresh salmon (I never had a California roll with salmon on top before). It tasted ok, but the rice on the roll was a little crunchy.
The Bad: Their menu is hard to figure out and the cashier behind the register wasn’t much help. I ended up ordering a California roll because I knew what that was.
Overall: The sushi was as to be expected from a food court, even an upscale food court like this one. Not the greatest, but just ok. Great for a quick bite to eat though.
Sweet! is a new candy store in the historic strip of Roswell. It is billed as a candy store, advertised as a candy store, and the website is all about the candy. BUT, the candy is not the best part -- the ICE CREAM is the reason we keep going back!!
Frankly, the candy selection is large but not inspiring. M&Ms and skittles in bulk (by color), some gummies and runts, chocolate bars and such. The best selections are the old fashioned candy necklaces, candy cigarettes (yes, yes, I know it isn't cool - but it reminds me of selecting candy as a kid), and the larger than life moon pies.
There are a few handmade gift items like travel mats for kids and monogrammed cups. Not too much, but cute to look at while they make a milkshake. Mmmmmmm. Thinking about it now and I am trying to stop myself from jumping in the car and heading over there.
I have no idea why the ice cream is not marketed better. There are incredible flavors - superman, raspberry choco chip, brownie, peanutbutter. And the staples - choco, vanilla, mint choco, etc. Overall there abut 10 - 15 different flavors at a time. Get a scoop or three. Or do what I do and have them make it into a super thick milkshake -- so good you have to use a spoon!
There is coffee, tea and homemade lemonade to wet your whistle, too. And a lovely antiqued picnic table to eat your yumminess. If you have cooperative kiddos, you can even stroll the historic square/main street while you savor your sweets!