We recently visited Funtopia for rock climbing and boy did Audrey have fun. For $22 ($17 for climbing + $5 extra for the slide and jump pass), she got to spend an hour climbing several different walls, get pulled up really high on a vertical slide and then dropped, and also do 3 jumps from a center contraption. For one of them, she put on a jumpsuit that had Velcro on her body and then she jumped and hit a soft wall that her Velcro suit clung to, splat, like a fly. The Funtopia portion is geared towards kids and beginning climbers. There were two other rooms with much more challenging climbing walls.
What a fun day for the kids at Irvine Regional Park! We traditionally go here every year and it’s quite popular with the locals but this year was especially crowded and more fun because of the many things they had to offer. Pumpkins everywhere, bounce houses, a couple of carnival games, a small maze, a small haunted house, face painting, driving of John Deere mini tractor cars, and panning for gold. It gets quite pricey though, they charged one – two tickets per kid for a few of the activities and one ticket costs $4. I highly recommend going earlier in the morning to find parking nearby and then spend the day there having fun in the pumpkin patch area , seeing the small zoo and getting into the paddle boats if you have time.
As much as I like WordPress, I find it a bit more flexible to post my photos to a photo album at my other web site, which is not a blogging web site. If you find any of the traveling and activities information helpful here, check out my http://www.notjustatechgirl.com website. The “California Sights” section contains albums of all the California locations I’ve been to and I’ve just started posted to it so there’s more to come. The “Travels” section contains photos of locations outside of California and also the U.S. Again, I’m continuously trying to add more photos and information to it.
(Sorry, the site no longer exists, not enough time to maintain it.)
I hesitate to share this information with the public because it might get way too crowded and ruin the fun for the kids, but the City of Westminster now has a splash park and it’s right next to the traditional parks so you get two-for-one. The kids had a good time here, the only down side is they got cold after a little bit of playing since the water is not heated. (It’s recycled, by the way, in case that bothers you). They would stop, dry off to warm up, then play again. We also let them play at the regular playground for a little while and then they would be hot again and want to go back into the splash park. The splash pad has spray areas where the water shoots up from the ground or comes down from palm trees. The pelican heads were cute, when the mouth filled up with water, it would tip and dump a lot of water down, sometimes drenching any kids standing under it. There are bathrooms there, and an area where you can rinse off. The regular playgrounds outside the splash pad had a toddler play area and an area for 5-12 years old. The splash pad is only open during the summer months (I think it closes after Labor Day), and the hours are noon-5pm. The best thing is, it’s FREE, and so is the street parking by the park! I hope it doesn’t get so crowded that they start to charge.
Sigler Park information page:
I drove up to the Santa Paula Citrus Classic Balloon Festival a couple of Saturdays ago and thought I’d post this picture. It was very pretty at night time. There were 11 hot air balloons that lit up, sometimes in sequence and other times all at once. They also had an air show which was really cool to watch and some parachuters who did a great job landing in the middle of the field of audience. As far as the festival, it’s not quite as large as I expected in terms of vendors and activities, but it’s definitely worth it to go at least once to see the hot air balloons.
There is an entrance fee and rides and bounce houses also cost.
More pictures of the festival and other children’s activities and sights here on my albums:
Went to the OC Fair today. Saved a lot of money with special promotions, it was $1/ride from noon-7pm and from noon-4pm, each food vendor had samples for sale for $1 (for example, 1/2 hot dog is $1 and an extra-small soda is $1). You have to ask some of them what their special is, though, they don’t all advertise. For people with smaller kids, the Kidland area near the Green Gate is the best place to be.
The Academy of Sciences admission is included in the CityPass.
It’s a fun place for kids, with the highlight being the rainforest where butterflies flitted freely and tree frogs lived in pools of water on the leaves. There is also a large aquarium under the rainforest.
We ended the day with a bus ride and hike up to Lombard Street’s crooked road, followed by sugar overload at Ghirardelli Square.