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10 January 2011

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About Me & My Family

I am an outdoorsy girl who is in love with being able to share adventures with my little ones. My husband and I met at a summer camp, and while we are now "grown-ups" we also keep the curiosity and fun in our lives as well. However, I also enjoy a comfy day of reading, writing or sewing.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, simple, energetic, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
Pismo Beach
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
All National Parks
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Favorite Vacation Memory
Ooh, it's definitely taking my little one to see the Monarch Butterflies on their migration from Canada to Mexico. The look of total awe on his face at the thousands of butterflies was priceless. (Three years later and it's still true!)
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Thin walls in the hotel where I cringed every time our little one cried. I just knew that I was causing other patrons to be awoken and it made me so embarrassed.
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317 Reviews

January 10 2017
1 family found this helpful
Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum | kids travel, kids activities
Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum
705 South McClelland Street,
Santa Maria,
California 93454
"Great museum!"
I've now been to my share of children's museums. This one has an incredible lay-out. It's a huge warehouse so parents can almost see end-to-end, a huge plus for toddler/preschoolers.

The areas were engaging. No joke, my three-year-old played with an air pressure game for an hour. We also liked the treehouse/pirate ship/reading nook, the cafe, and the Wild West area. This museum has a huge craft section in the middle of the room with lots of fun supplies.

As someone mentioned it is a cell-phone free zone. I used mine to take a couple of photos and that was it. Luckily, museums make for happy kids.

Also, at $6 per person, I thought it was a great value!
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November 08 2016
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Ottavio's Italian Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Ottavio's Italian Restaurant
1620 Ventura Blvd,
"YUM!!! This is THE place for Italian in Camarillo"
It's a bit fancier than what I usually choose for a meal, but my goodness, it is so yummy! Kids are welcome, of course and I felt that there was a nice family atmosphere to the restaurant.

It's been awhile since I've eaten here but I believe I had the baked ziti the last time and it was amazing.
November 08 2016
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Camarillo Ranch | kids travel, kids activities
Camarillo Ranch
201 Camarillo Ranch Road,
California 93012
"Historic Exploring"
I'll admit I've only been here for a wedding, but it was gorgeous! The barn, the historic home, the gardens - beautiful!
November 01 2016
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Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe | kids travel, kids activities
Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe
801 Market Avenue,
Morro Bay,
"Beautiful view, yummy food, and crayons"
We ate breakfast at Dorn's on a gloomy fall day. Every table seemed to have a view of the water and Morro Rock.

The restaurant had a kids menu with french toast, pancakes, oatmeal, and egg offerings. We adults had omelettes with pancakes as the side. They were huge. My sister and I split a meal and it was way more than enough.

While we waited for our food, my preschooler was entertained by the crayons and kids menu and looking out on the water.

We found the prices to be very reasonable given the taste and amount of food.
October 30 2016
2 families found this helpful
Pinnacles National Park | kids travel, kids activities
Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles National Monument,
California 95043
"Bring Flashlights and Glow Sticks!"
We went for a quick day trip to do the Bear Gulch Caves trail. We all thought it was well worth the drive out!

We went on a lovely fall day. Temperatures were in the high sixties. While most of the trail is in the shade, I would not choose to do this hike in the heat.

On weekends, the park offers shuttles to the Bear Gulch Parking Lot from the visitors center. It runs every 20 minutes. We waited about 20 minutes each way to be able to ride.

Bring water and flashlights. There were bathrooms at the upper parking lot at the trailhead as well as a tiny, tiny nature center.

As for the hike, it was wonderful! We felt that this was a hike for families with kiddos who are confident in their walking skills. It would be difficult to take a baby carrier into the caves due to low rocks and tight spots; it would also be a tricky spot for new walkers as much of the trail was rocky with drop-offs on either side. My 7-year-old had no trouble at all, and confidently led the family on the trail. My husband and I traded off holding our 3-year-olds hand or picking him up and carrying him over wet spots and stairs. He was able to complete most of the hike on his own power, it was mom and dad's fear of a misstep that kept him close to us.

That said both kids LOVED this hike. They loved walking with flashlights (headlamps were an even better idea because then they would have both hands free for handrails etc.). They loved trying to spy the bats, and spotting rock climbers, lichen and moss as we walked through the canyon.

Entrance fee is $15 for a week pass unless you have an annual NPS pass.

Note: this is a remote location. The closest gas station was about 45 minutes away. We were without cell phone coverage once we left the freeway in Kings City. There were no services in the park.

Camping was available at a very beautiful campground at the base of the park. It even has electricity for RVs, a pool open in the summer, firewood for sale, and flush toilets and showers - something almost unheard of in National Parks.

It would be worth camping if possible, and we will make a return trip to camp and check out some of the other hikes. My kids really want to spot a condor after learning about their comeback in the nature center. The Valley was gorgeous in the fall with bright yellow and orange leaves (and red from the occasional poison oak plant).