Happy summer to all of our followers in the northern hemisphere! If you live in California, you are aware of the current “heat wave” which is just typical summer weather. To fight the hot and stickys, Jenna and I took a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific with our children this past Saturday. As a child, I loved going to the Aquarium! All of the sea life and fun facts always aroused my little mind. Now that is a joy that I would like to share with my baby.
The first thing that caught my attention was the massive reconstruction project. They are remodeling the front portion of the aquarium, unfortunately. The construction took away from the amazing structure but luckily it is temporary. The second ‘Woah’ was the entrance fee. For adult, child(3-17), and senior respectively, the prices were $29.95,$17.95,$26.95. I was not expecting those prices at all! But for a experience with my daughter, I’ll bite bullet.
The first stop that we made was lunch! We stopped in to the Scuba Cafe to see what they had to offer. The menus was fantastic; not too complicated and just the right amount of items. I tried the fish & chips. Definitely try the fish & chips! The kids options were tasty as well.
After lunch, we headed to the exhibits. Jenna was our tour guide for the day. We were lucky to catch the end of the scuba diver show in the large tank in the main hall. It’s not very accessible for us stroller baring parents but there is a nice parking area for strollers on the first level if you are willing to live on the wild side.
The new Frogs exhibit was nice for the 8 and up crowd. The exhibit hosts a large number of frogs, many too small for our toddlers to see. Our favorite exhibits were the Shark and Jellyfish, for obvious reasons. The kids loved being able to touch animals!
Before you leave, don’t forget to validate your parking! It will save you so much money with the parking structure
Aquarium of the Pacific: A Member’s Perspective
Birthdays have always been a bit of a let down for me. This past year, I knew exactly what I wanted; a gift that keeps giving. I wanted a membership to the Aquarium of the Pacific so I could visit throughout the year. Our children are still under three, so we were able to get the dual membership, which is two adults for $110 a year. It has only been 6 months and I have already gone enough times to make it well worth the money!
This weekend, me and the kiddos got to take an adventure with Leigh and her lovely family! Parking wasn’t as hard as I expected. Since there are constantly people coming in and going out, there were parking spots available while driving around the structure. I felt confident in passing a few spots further away for a spot closer to the elevator. Once Leah and her SO got to my truck, we let the other adults in our party care for our littles while we took a quick toke!
While Leigh got her tickets, I went through the Member’s entrance. Since I have been to the Aquarium of the Pacific a few times this year already, I was able to map out all the exhibits and stops we wanted. I did manage to get us lost once though, but I covered it up with a restroom break. We ate a quick, but delicious, meal at the Scuba Cafe before heading to the Sea Lions. We also got to touch the sharks and moon jellyfish! We explored the tropical climate aquatic life including the Frogs exhibit! I couldn’t leave without watching the sea otters cuddle and play though!
On our way out we got our ticket validated so we only paid the $8 fee instead of the higher rate the structure offers. The kids ran around and admired all there was to see. I was surprised when my youngest showed so much more interest than my older had shown at the same age. We had a fun filled day, and I can’t wait to get out to the Aquarium of the Pacific again! Since I am a member, my visits can be as often as my kids can enjoy!
This year I promised that I would spend less time at home and more time in nature. With the beginning of summer quickly approaching, I feel that it is only appropriate to begin planning now. My goal is to take 1 big trip per month, through September. In doing this I hope to bond more with my family, sharing the true beauty of California outside of the city.
Our first trip will be to Amboy, California. I’d never heard of this place until I started doing research. Located in San Bernardino County, Amboy Crater has attracted visitors from near and far. Until the construction of Route 40 in 1973, this was a popular tourist spot for those traveling along historic route 66. Though born and raised in So Cal, I’ve never allowed my inner Louis and Clark to fully develop a hunger for exploration.
Amboy Crater is a 10,000 year old dormant volcano. Yes, you read that right, a volcano.
“Southeast of town lies Amboy Crater, a 246-foot basalt cinder cone. The result of several explosive eruptions, it’s accessible by two main trails — one easy and one difficult — and offers a perspective not only of itself, but also of the Mojave National Preserve and beyond.” (Thanks Desert America for the info).
We will keep you guys updated as the trip gets closer. Yay for fitness!
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Our trip to the Los Angeles Arboretum was as exciting and adventurous as we were hoping. It’s nice to be able meet up with other Cannamommies and their families. This past Sunday, we drove to Arcadia for the annual exotic plant and fern sale. Though the event itself was a bit lackluster (maybe Saturday was the busier day), we had the entire arboretum to explore.
The Los Angeles arboretum is host to millions of plants organized by place of origin. You’d be surprised how many plants we see everyday are from a far region of the world that we’ll probably never visit. This is thanks to the Mediterranean climate in Southern California. Comprised of 127 acres, the arboretum is located on a remaining portion of the Rancho Santa Anita, one of the Mexican land grants of Southern California. The extensive history of the arboretum makes it that more special to the thousands of guests that visit each year.
Opened in 1947, the arboretum has become a host to a variety of animals as well. Never seen a peacock? This is the place to go. We encountered at least 30, in different stages of maturity, between the parking lot and plant sale. They are in such an abundance in the area that they have ‘Peacock crossing’ signs making drivers aware of their presence. Don’t worry, they are accustomed to humans. There was a beautiful community of jack rabbits that were patient enough to let the kids get a closer look. This is something that I loved; it was so kid friendly…minus all of the walking. This is where you want to go if you have a 10k step goal!
Baldwin Lake is dried up, which was unfortunate. The waterfall was wonderful though! It felt fresh and the short hike up the stairs was worth the view. We ate at the Peacock Cafe, the cheeseburger was surprisingly delicious. We also got a quick quesadilla for the littles and a salad for the dieting momma (who stole a bite of the cheeseburger and fries). The cafe does catering as well because there are always weddings and photo sessions at the Arboretum.
We didn’t get to cover the whole map in one day, so we get to go back a few times. Considering the price is $9 per adult, and parking is free, this is an awesome day trip! I definitely recommend taking a fat rip before heading into the Arboretum!
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