Southern California Aquarium Trips & Touch Tanks

Southern California Aquarium Touch Tanks

Southern California aquarium trips and touch tidepools are almost rites of passage for California kids. Most feature local sea life, and some include tropical highlights from Mexico or the South Pacific. Southern California Aquariums Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla My very favorite and more manageable with small children. Outdoor views of La Jolla Cove with touch … [Read more...]

Birch Aquarium at Scripps for Seahorses and Leopard Sharks

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla, in my opinion, is the best Southern California aquarium for families.  If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you know I'm rather crowd-averse. The bigger aquariums just make me nervous because there are usually large field trips and it's easy to lose sight of the kids in the darkened exhibit halls. This hasn't happened … [Read more...]

Discovery Science Center Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition


Discovery Science Center, or the "The Cube," as it's affectionately known for it's architectural accent features Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition through September 7th, 2014. If you are already a fan of the Mythbusters show, you have to go because you'll be able to match the exhibits to shows you've seen and try the experiments yourself. You'll also get to see … [Read more...]

The Autry: Pioneers, Saloons, Western Movies and a Waterfall


It took us one hour to drive to the Autry Museum in LA -- officially named the Autry National Center which houses the Museum of the American West. I had heard good things, but wasn't prepared for how much I loved it! Directions to The Autry in Los Angeles: It's directly across the street from the LA Zoo -- off Zoo Drive in Griffith Park. We took the 405 to the 110 to the 5 … [Read more...]

Dana Point Tide Pools: Marine Protected Area (MPA) – State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA)

Dana Point Ocean Institute

Dana Point tide pools are a designated Marine Protected Area (MPA) - State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) - accessible from the beaches and trails surrounding the Ocean Institute. Tide pools are the most amazing little universes to me. I have fond memories tidepooling as a child and I think that's why I'm so conscious about protecting and conserving them. Location:  I … [Read more...]