Family Fun Adventure: Alice Keck Park & Kids World, Santa Barbara, CA

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 Ah, here is a rare pic of mom and dad for the record book! Today’s post is on a fabulous little park in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Introducing Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens! Located at 1500 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA. This beautiful little park, think ‘garden’ was absolutely blooming with gorgeous spring colors on this visit. This is a fun little walk around if you happen to be in the area and a great place for a photo shoot. You often see wedding parties posing here.

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A cute little gazebo and there are turtles and ducks in the pond too!  Weirdly enough we haven’t found a duck pond anywhere near us, so this one an hour away (with traffic) is the closest. Hmmm, that just doesn’t seem right. Anyhoo, my six year old scientist was all about trying to feed the wildlife. Alas, we didn’t have any food along.

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A couple more pics of the flowers. Ahhh, so restful to view. And now for the icing on the cake…

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Welcome to Kids World! A huge wooden castle park right across the street. I believe the correct name is Alameda Plaza. There is plenty of shady green space for the never ending BBQ’s and get together’s people are always having in the park. We use to take our older kids here all the time when they were little. They spent many happy afternoons getting their beans out here. Now we are bringing the two youngest ones to enjoy, in my opinion is one of the top most awesome parks.

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I apologize, my pics aren’t usually the greatest. I just run around and try to snap a few with my phone while chasing my monkeys. You can tell in the final product…but it is what I can do right now and it means I can quickly and easily upload them and get them posted, so :).

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Be warned this is a very popular play ground and there is always tons of people and kiddos, so be prepared to keep tabs on yours. There is  a bit of a fence around the play area, so if your kids are about 5 or so, they should be good. Our little guy at age 3, still needed us to chase him, keep him safe from swings/falling etc. But, he had a ton of fun!

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I couldn’t take pictures of all the fun features, but let’s just say it has all the regular stuff and then some. It’s a great place to play tag and be prepared to spend a couple hours enjoying. In the pic above is a seated hang out area for parents to chat in the middle of the play structure. There are also a few picnic tables and bathrooms located close by. This play ground is located in a neighborhood, so even though its a bit crowded and its a large play space, it feels nicely and neighborhoody, neighborhoodsy? Does my made up word make sense? There are also vendors with push carts offering ice cream and giant mangoes on a stick. Hold or not, on the sweet chili powder. Imagine a great Knight and Princesses themed play party here! Hope your summer vacation is holds many memorable adventures!


 

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