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...]

Take a Family Trip to Natural History Museum of Los Angeles for Nature in the Middle of LA


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles turned out to be an awesome family trip. Friends have told me for a long time about how great it is, but I just hadn't made it there yet. The funny thing is that by training myself to keep my expectations low, I'm often pleasantly surprised by new places and experiences.  Don't expect anything and you won't be disappointed, right?  This … [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...]

Road Trip: Abalone Cove Shoreline Park in Rancho Palos Verdes

Abalone Cove

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park was a wonder-filled adventure for our family on a holiday weekend. I owe my outdoorsy friend, Cindy at, thanks for turning me on to all that Rancho Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has to offer in terms of hiking and open spaces with views of the Pacific. We've been 2 times in the past month and it was spectacular BOTH times. … [Read more...]

Fall in Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge near Pasasdena is one of my favorite places to visit in Southern California. Walking the gardens revealed visitors reading books on benches, strolling with cameras, and wondering at the rich beauty of the grounds. Location: From Orange County, take the 5 to the 57 to the 210 towards Pasadena.  Stay on the 210 and drive up the hill … [Read more...]