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California – MY Museum

MY Museum Medical play area

MY Museum is the Monterey County Youth Museum. This small museum is perfect for kids ages 7 and under. Although my kids were quite a bit older, we decided to check it out for my readers who have younger children.

There’s a special play area just for the wee little ones.

Several themed play areas offer many opportunities for pretend play. Do you have an aspiring golfer?

Or maybe a paramedic or doctor?

Or maybe a future firefighter?

Kids can learn about the farm-to-table movement by harvesting some vegetables, cooking them up, then serving them […]

California – Lava Beds National Monument

Smaller lava tube at Lava Beds NM

We recently returned from a road trip during which we saw almost a dozen national parks, and you know what? My kids kept talking about one of the parks that we visited almost a year ago, one that I hadn’t yet written about. And, technically, it isn’t a national park–it’s a national monument–but that doesn’t really matter. I’m going to dub Lava Beds National Monument “The Best National Park You’ve Never Heard Of”.

Lava Beds National Monument is located in the far northern part of California, near the Oregon border. It sits on top of the massive Medicine Lake […]

California – Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jellyfish Collage - Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an immensely popular attraction in California and is frequently named one of the best aquariums in the country. My husband and I had been there two or three other times, but before we had kids, so we very much looked forward to going back there with the kids. Our first impression when we got there was, “Wow, this is CROWDED!” So my first tip is to consider the timing of your visit. If you have preschool aged or younger children, I would highly recommend planning your visit during the school year.

The first exhibit we […]