A trip to Southern California with kids usually amounts to days spent at amusement parks, zoos, and other well-known tourist attractions. While these venues are fun, iconic, and definitely worth a visit, there are some days when your crew might enjoy a different pace. Luckily, the region is full of other exciting, memorable places that both kids and adults will enjoy exploring. The next time your family journeys to Manhattan Beach and environs, consider putting these refreshing locales on the itinerary!
Bob Baker Marionettes
Located in downtown L.A., this historic theater company puts on an unforgettable show using meticulously-crafted marionettes. Following the performance, kids get the chance to meet the puppeteers and learn a little about how it's done behind the scenes. The company tops off the experience with complimentary ice cream for all!
South Coast Botanic Garden
Take a break from fast-paced sightseeing for a stroll through these exquisite gardens. Located just 30 minutes from Manhattan Beach, the garden's serene pathways will introduce you to the lovely flora and fauna that is native to Southern California. Children will love the whimsical Discovery Garden and the Garden for the Senses, where they are welcome to touch and smell the plants and flowers. Don't miss the Japanese Garden and its pond filled with koi!
Tweens and teens will enjoy a trip to Beetle House, a restaurant inspired by Tim Burton flicks. Dine on creative selections like Franken Fries and Edward Burger Hands, while mingling with Willy Wonka and the Cheshire Cat as they wander the floor. Gothic decor and an entertaining show will keep the whole family intrigued at this venue where "Everyday is Halloween"!
Does your child dream of becoming a mermaid or merman? Make those fantasies come true at Mermaid School! Led by actors you've seen portraying mermaids on the silver screen, the fun Mermaid 101 class will have your kids performing the basic techniques and tricks of a bona fide mermaid. Safety is a priority, and they'll even provide the mermaid tail!
California Science Center
Situated near the University of Southern California, the center is home to the incredible space shuttle Endeavor. Kids will enjoy the many hands-on exhibits, and the whole family can relax while catching an entertaining film at the IMAX theater. Other attractions include a rock-climbing wall and the chance to ride a bicycle across a high wire suspended above ground.
Let the Sea View Inn be your home base as you check out these exciting, unusual places off the beaten path! Contact us to get started on your path to fun!