This playground has all the things little boys want to do but are rarely allowed: playing with nails, swimming in the mud, building a tree fort, or splashing in the fountain. It’s low-budget, get-messy fun.
A scaled down water park for younger kids, Buccaneer Bay hits the essentials without being overwhelming: lazy river, three slides for taller kids, a water play structure. It’s more of a local attraction than a family destination.
The Iowa is a fairly big battleship; it took the boys hour to comb through the decks. A brush with history and a glimpse into military life seems to ignite their curiosity. The scavenger hunt for “Vicki” was a simple way to keep them engaged.
The Getty Villa museum caters to the art and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. The architecture and grounds of the Villa are a work of art in themselves and serve as a perfect complement to the artifacts within.
The Shadowland Foundation is devoted to the preservation and education about wolves. An hour-long educational presentation is followed by a trip to the fenced enclosure where you are able to meet, touch, feed, and experience “wolves” up-close.
Santa Monica Beach is one of the “Weird California” beaches. You’re likely to spot colorful characters along the beach, and for the full experience take a walk down 3rd Street Promenade to view the street performers.