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About Me & My Family

Three little girls run amuck in this house, so there are days when we just HAVE to get out and get going somewhere. We love zoos, parks, beaches, and traveling around to visit friends and family. We enjoy finding awesome deals for places that are kid friendly. Taking our three girls with us as we travel around the country is by far our most favorite thing to do.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, energetic, easy_going, artsy
We Just Got Back From
Kings Canyon National Park
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
San Francisco
A Place We'd Love To Visit
France!!
Favorite Vacation Memory
After a long day of sledding and climbing through the hills in Lake Tahoe, our family sat in front of the fireplace in our hotel and roasted marshmallows. The soft glow on my girl's faces, mixed with their hazy, tired eyes made the warmth of the fire mean so much more.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Not realizing how crowded the city bus would be with my girls in San Francisco!! We had to make 4 connections and fold and collapse the stroller at each stop. It was back-breaking, frustrating and a LONG DAY!
Websites I Like:
www.inspiredtoaction.com

Southern California Military and Veterans Museums

Veteran's Day should be more than just a fun day off from school!!  If you are a parent who is interested in sharing some history and insight into what our veteran's have done for our country, look no further than these museums. There are TONS to choose from in Southern California, no doubt one is close to where you live.

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2115 Park Boulevard
San Diego, California

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Children 12 and under are free for this museum adjacent to Balboa Park; a great opportunity to peak in and teach them a bit of veteran history.



1052 North Banning Blvd
Wilmington, California

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The only remaining Civil War building still standing in Southern California. Mostly filled with historical artifact displays, older children interested in history might really enjoy this spot.


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Fort Tejon State Historic Park
Lebec, California

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A mostly outdoor display, part of the state park system, Fort Tejon houses restored adobe forts that were used to protect and control Indian groups in the 1850s.


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2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, California

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A huge museum in Balboa Park, it is full of numerous aircraft and is well funded and displayed. Even kids not interested in aviation history might be swept up by the massive size of these aircraft.


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910 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, California

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Climb on deck of the USS Midway, a gigantic aircraft carrier sure to impress; it houses over 60 exhibits and 27 aircraft in addition to lots of hands on activities and simulators for the kids.


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Berth 49
San Pedro, California

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A distinguished WWII ship, the SS Lane Victory can even be a touring ship a few times a year for a real history lesson at sea!!


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2 Chiriaco Road
Chiriaco Summit, California

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A military museum from WWI to the present, located about 30 miles east of Indio in the Palm Springs area. Children are either free or $1 depending on age, so if you are making this drive, stop in and see some historical artifacts, tanks and more.


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9786 West Pico Boulevard
Simon Wiesenthal Plaza Los Angeles, California

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Although this museum is not specifically a veteran museum, I felt that it should be included in this list as it documents so much of the Holocaust and WWII. Due to the extremely sensative nature of this museum, older and mature children are suggested. Advance reservations also recommended.



Bldg. #222, 1st Street
Fort Irwin, California

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A tiny museum, but full of history of the specific 11th Armored Calvary and a full size diorama on display. Fort Irwin is off the beaten trail quite a bit, so make sure your kids are very interested.


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Essex Circle
Ridgecrest, California

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Tons of weapons, aircraft and technology are available for close up "scrutiny" according to their website. China Lake is full of advanced military weapons research and history, and a must see for interested older kiddos.



3601S Gaffey Street
San Pedro, California

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Ft. MacArthur guarded the LA port from 1914 to 1974 and houses many buildings with walk-through exhibits full of LA military history, which I honestly didn't even know existed!!



1600 Henderson Ave
San Diego, California

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This museum touts itself as catering to kids K-12 in explaining the role of the military in our society. Worth a look!



1918 Rosemead Blvd.
South El Monte, California

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178 military vehicles on display-- The largest of its kind in the US. If your child is into military vehicles, this stop will provide no less than hours of involvement and learning.


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745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, California

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One of the nation's largest displays of WWII aircraft. Major perk: it's all inside in the air-conditioning! My playgroup, all with kids under 5, goes here yearly and the moms and kids really enjoy it.