mcfam's Passport


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About Me & My Family

My husband and I have 4 kids... 3 boys and then our girl. We homeschool them all and travel when possible. We just started letterboxing and are finding ourselves a little obsessed with it.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, structured, relaxed, simple, independent, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
White Stallion Guest Ranch in Arizona
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Camping in Kings Canyon or Yosemite
A Place We'd Love To Visit
The Redwoods in Northern California
Favorite Vacation Memory
Walking the meadows of Yosemite with my family. The quiet, the sparkling water, the rustling grasses, and a dip in the river made for an amazing day.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Anytime throw up is involved. Especially when one kid triggers another. And when we are in the car. And when they choose to use the box that is holding all their library books and toys.
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August 13 2014
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Heritage Park | kids travel, kids activities
Heritage Park
18600 Bloomfield Ave. ,
California 90703
"History at a public park"
It's the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere brought to life at a public park. It's incredible to see bridges, statues, and buildings all based on the historical story of Paul Revere and set in a way for kids to enjoy them and play in them.

The park is an island (open during the day and locked at night) with paths over bridges and buildings based on historical locations. The Old North Church is at the top of the hill in the island and is filled with stairs, climbing structures, and a slide coming down out of the church.

We loved checking out all the locations, climbing through the structures, going "out" on an old ship, and running around. There are plaques of the poem of "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" which we read to the kids (who kind of listened a bit.) Apparently there are field trips that can be arranged for the area as well. Our kids loved it and wanted to come back again very soon!
August 12 2014
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The Last Bookstore | kids travel, kids activities
The Last Bookstore
Los Angeles,
"Could spend hours here"
This bookstore is unique and worth a visit. It is located in the heart of downtown LA in the historic district and is in an old building itself. The first floor has top notch books like a bookstore but at discount prices. The children's section had a great selection of classics, new lit, Hardy Boys, and old hardbound books. There is a vaulted room with old books with a classic vaulted door the kids were fascinated by.

On the second floor is a variety of art displays with books as the central feature: a book arch, book frame, and flying books. The labyrinth of used books for $1 was a fantastic and overwhelming room.

We could have spent hours especially without kids looking at books all afternoon, but it was fun to look through the children's books and see the art displays and fantastic things they did with books.

* There is a bag check station in the entrance at 5th street.
* You can't take merchandise upstairs, but there is a check station near the stairs on Spring Street.
* There are no public restrooms
* There are several pay parking lots nearby. Check their website for details.
* There were some shady characters wandering the streets outside but we felt relatively safe. Keep kids close due to busy streets and pedestrians.
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August 12 2014
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Los Angeles City Hall | kids travel, kids activities
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St.,
Los Angeles,
"Take the tower to the top!"
Visiting City Hall was one of the highlights of our day trip to Downtown LA. We made sure this time to visit during the week (closed weekends) so we could go up to the tower on the 27th floor. We entered on the 1st floor on Main Street and actually had to wait to go in because there was a meeting up in the tower that was happening so we went to the park across the street and killed 30 minutes making up games and taking pictures.

After going through a security checkpoint (X-ray scanner for bags, metal detector for humans), we checked in at security (showed ID and signed in), were given visitor badges and then were told what floors we could visit.

TIP: There are 8 elevators. 4 go to only floor 10, the other 4 go to floor 22. The floor you want to go to is 26. So, take the elevator to floor 22 and then transfer over to the elevator on that floor that goes to floor 26. That floor has a set of stairs and a separate elevator that go to floor 27 where the observation deck is located.

We took the elevators up to the 26th floor and walked around it, looking at the paintings of past mayors. Then up the stairs we went to the observation deck. We loved looking through the arches (well protected by bars so it is safe for kids) at the city below on all 4 sides of the tower. There are old displays where you can mostly make out what buildings and areas are below you.

On our way down the elevator, we met the Deputy Mayor of Finance, Rick Cole. He was so kind and helped us find the Olympic torch on the 3rd floor.

Make sure to stop on the 3rd floor and visit the ornate rotunda with symbols and images on the ceiling. There is a Spanish Galleon in metal on the floor in the center that is also beautiful. Near the entrance to Spring Street in a little rotunda on the side is the Olympic torch from the Olympics held in LA in 1984 set into the wall. The kids thought that was pretty cool. On the 3rd floor towards Main Street was a display of artifacts from Japan that were also interesting to see.

We exited out towards Spring Street (not the side we came in on) and found it beautiful out there because it was originally the main entrance. There are quotes from Lincoln and Cicero on the facade of the building as well as arched porticos and flags that give City Hall quite a distinguished look.

We headed across Spring Street to Grand Park which will have a playground in 2015? and had flags on display and a great water splash pad (plus Starbucks) to make for a great after activity for City Hall.
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August 11 2014
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Grand Central Market | kids travel, kids activities
Grand Central Market
317 South Broadway,
Los Angeles,
California 90013
"Busy yet delicious"
It was like a crowded food court at a local mall except the food was authentically from other countries and regions.

It felt a little crazy to find food for our family of 6 since we all have different preferences in taste and the lunch time rush meant long lines and a hunt for a table. We figured out a way to split up and purchase separate meals (pizza and papusas) and then we met up at a table near the front.

The pizza was thin crust and wood fired and the kids loved it. The papusas (from El Salvador) were incredibly delicious but we found the carne asada to not be very flavorful and to have a lot of grizzle. The cabbage dish it came with was very spicy, however.

There were lots of options for lunch that would be fun to try another time: Texas BBQ, German sausages, seafood, sticky rice, and more. There were lots of fruits and veggies plus a variety of spices for sale. It was a busy and hopping place filled with tourists and business people.

Tip: restrooms are downstairs on the first floor and require a quarter to enter the room (which had many stalls.)
Tip: BRING CASH for food.
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August 11 2014
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Bradbury Building | kids travel, kids activities
Bradbury Building
304 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles,
"Gorgeous interior"
The interior of this building is gorgeous with a huge skylight, intricate iron works, and soaring birdcage elevators.

I'm glad we opened the doors and went in because the outside of the building doesn't say much. We walked the first floor and climbed the stairs to the first landing, but all the rest of the building (including the elevators) was closed to the public unless you are there for business.

It was worth a 10 minute stop and was located right across the street from the Grand Central Market where we ate lunch.
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