Family Fun Adventure: Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

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Hey Lovelies, today’s post covers our family outing to the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum in July. We have been wanting/trying to visit this local museum for a couple of years now. They have a free Sunday at the beginning of the month, except four months in the summer. Call ahead to make sure it’s free if you are interested in this option and save yourself a long drive for a picnic ūüôā Yes, we did that…twice! Once cause it was a Sunday, but not the first Sunday of a full weekend or we had gone on the first full weekend (can’t exactly remember) but not the first Sunday of the month and the next time it was September (or May?) and that was considered ‘summer’ and therefore not included in the free day. Point of long story? Call ahead!

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Our son Azure visited this museum on a field trip in 1st grade with his class and the museum gave each child a free family pass to be used within a certain amount of time. Scientist that he is, he made sure we went again. I found this small museum to be really well put together with a surprising amount of exhibits to see

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We brought the whole gang for this outing and we thought spending about 1 1/2 hours would be our max, it was closer to 2 1/2-3 hours. Daddy took Azure and 2 of the more interested older boys to see a 30 minute space show (it was $4.00 a person, since we didn’t pay for admission we were happy to pay for this)

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I thought this museum was perfect for elementary school aged kids and 2-3 hours a good amount of time to wander and discover. Littlest brother at 4 years, just wanted to run around and visit the stream they have as part of an exhibit outside. The only room inside the museum he actually liked was an interactive hands on room and mostly he was interested in building blocks in the play area. Easy to please. Older boys (high school) were fine to wander, but weren’t really interested in anything

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Build a Tepee and try not to whack any brothers with a giant pole

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This hand pump was an awesome feature that kept our little one very happy

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There is a nice shady Backyard area to walk/run around in, which we enjoyed

Here is the regular pricing: Under 2: Free, 2-7: $7, 8-17 and seniors: $8, Adults 18+: $12 So not the cheapest outing for a large family. I think its certainly worth it if you only brought the ages/kids that would really enjoy it. If were paying full price, we probably would have taken Azure with a parent or made it a special occasion (like a birthday outing) and gone with the parents and 2 littles. If we lived closer an annual membership would be a nice thing to do as well. I certainly would suggest this place to other families and its definitely worth a visit too. I’ll sign off with these gorgeous photos Hubbs snapped in the Gem exhibit

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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!


 

Family Fun Adventure: Tomol Interpretive Play Area

Family Fun Adventure: Tomol Interpretive Play Area

Hello Lovelies, Lately we have been sticking close to home for our mini adventures and here is one from November 2013. The Tomol Interpretive Play Area in Carpinteria, California which is between Santa Barbara and Ventura. Short off topic note … Continue reading