Summertime Fun Ideas for Families

Posted on 05. Jun, 2011 by in For Kids

Here are some ideas for fun day trips, adventures and things to venture out with the kids this summer. They have a Southern California spin, but use them to indulge your own adventures in your area.

Observatory (Palomar in San Diego and Griffith in LA.)

Belmont Park  in So. Mission Beach, San Diego, CA. (Rollercoasters, carnival rides and games. Think Santa Cruz on a smaller scale.)

Museums (Getty Art Museum, Museum of Man in Balboa Park, Museum of Photography in Balboa Park, Maritime Museum, Chargers Hall of Fame Museum)

Amusement Parks    (Disneyland, California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios).

Nautical Museums  (Midway Museum in downtown San Diego, CA, Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.)

Santa Monica/Third Ave. Promenade. This area is a fabulous beach, amazing pier with Ferris wheel and carousal, shopping on Third and amazing restaurants. There are also fun street musicians and magicians.

Free Concerts (Check your local city calendar for free concerts in local parks.)

State Parks.In the California, due to the excessive budget cuts, there are a number of parks that will be shut down on July 1, 2011. A local one in San Diego is: San Pasqual Battlefield. Go see it, the history is amazing.

Aquariums. (Birch Aquarium in LaJolla, CA, Long Beach Aquarium, Dana Point Aquarium.)

Bowling. (Check your AMF Lanes for discounts.)

Sandcastle Competitions. (Imperial Beach, Huntington Beach and Venice Beach.)

Bike Rides.  (San Onofre has great trails all the way to Oceanside. Oceanside Harbor to Buccaneer Beach.)

Hiking. Your local rangers can help you find appropriate trials for young children to experienced hikers.

Ride the Train. (Oceanside to San Juan Capistrano – stop at Zoomar’s Petting zoo and lunch at Ruby’s Diner; North County Sprinter to Oceanside – stop for ice cream or cruise the pier and check out the fishing. Take your bike to the train station, ride it north and pedal home.)

Keyboarding/Typing Lessons.  Since children are using computers, even in kindergarten, they need to know how to type. There are numerous on line classes.  Get them started now so they don’t “hunt and peck” the rest of their lives.

County Fair/Street Fair/Food Fair.  The county fair will bring back fun childhood memories.  The street fair is always good for arts, musicians and local flair.  The food fair will be a great indulgence.

Local Libraries. There are weekly events, reading contest, gifts, prizes and great guest appearances (magicians, animal trainers, clowns, etc.).

Visit a Farm. Meeting farmers can be fascinating and fun.  Go to for a nearby farm.

Be in a Independance Day Parade.  Look to your local cities for their schedule.

Enjoy a Minor League Baseball game. For schedules and locations go to

Learn the National Anthem, especially the second verse.

Mail a Care Package to a service member. Learn what to send and where at .

Take a classic route roadtrip.  Try Pacific Coast Highway, Route 66, Great River Road, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Lakes Circle tour, Maui’s Hana Highway.  Remember lots of healthy snacks and music.

Sleep beneath the stars in your backyard or at one of hte 50 National Parks. Check the website for location, fees and hours. 

Back a real apple pie from scratch.  Ask your grandmother or go to

Do you have any to add?

2 Responses to “Summertime Fun Ideas for Families”

  1. Dana 7 June 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Here are some FREE museums in North County San Diego for the month of June.

  2. Dana 7 June 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Another great adventure for your pirates:!/pages/San-Diego-Maritime-Museum-Dancers/113535258679021

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