Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro

I have the perfect place to head to today that is not only fun and of course educational- it will only set you back a couple (think $5 or less) of dollars and provide you and your family with a memorable experience.

My kiddos have been obsessed with marine life recently as you can probably tell. I believe that learning should be through immersion and when my kids show an interest in something, I want them to experience things hands on. This past Friday we had a couple of hours to play and decided to take them to the Cabrillo Aquarium in San Pedro.

The Cabrillo Aquarium is a smaller aquarium that is steps away from the ocean. Many people are unaware of it’s existence. It was great because even on a busy 3rd of July, the aquarium was easy to maneuver around with a double stroller and it was nice not to bump into other people or strollers.

The Susan Lawrencz Miller Exhibit hall is home to three major environments- rocky shores, beaches and mudflats and open ocean. Your kiddos will be able to learn about the different marine life that lives in each habitat and much more.

The aquarium is also home to an aquatic nursery and this was a big hit with our family. The nursery at the aquarium is staffed by the friendliest and incredibly helpful volunteers. The volunteers were able to answer all of the kids questions and also explained what was going on in each tank. There is also a fun little craft area designed specifically for the kiddos, which was also a bit hit with our family.

I would have to say however, that our favorite part of the aquarium was the exploration center. The kids loved the ecological play area. They were able to dress up as different sea life and also able to put on a sea life puppet show. My personal favorite was the crawl in aquarium. You can crawl into a real life aquarium and be surrounded by different ocean life and never get wet. It’s the perfect photo opportunity. There is also a naturalist corner where you can study the different organisms through a microscope. My 13 year old niece absolutely loved this area.

We had a fantastic time learning about the wonderful sea life found in Southern California waters. You want to know the best part- we had a great time for only $7.Admission to the aquarium is FREE but donations are suggested. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $1 for children or seniors. We had an incredible couple of hours for only a little more than $5. Parking is a $1 an hour – make sure to take cash with you.

The Cabrillo Aquarium is open Tue- Sun. The hours of operation are 12-5 Tue- Fri and 10am to 5pm on the weekends.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M White Drive
San Pedro -90731

For additional information head on here. Have a wonderful weekend!!

AMC Theaters Summer MovieCamp

I’ve been meaning to post this for some time and keep forgetting. I am always looking for a great deal and when a great deal just so happens to support a great cause – it sweetens the deal even more. If you are looking for something to do this summer make sure to check out AMC Theaters Summer MovieCamp.

Every Wednesday morning at 10 am from June 17- Aug 5 you can enjoy a fun family flick for only $1.00. The proceeds from admissions and concessions from the Summer MovieCamp will benefit Variety- The Children’s Charity and the Will Rogers Institute. It’s a fantastic deal and a sure way to keep the kiddos entertained and beat the heat. The best part is that you will be helping two great organizations.

Here is the upcoming schedule

June 17: Space Chimps

June 24:Kung Fu Panda

July 1:Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

July 8: Tale of Desperaux

July 15: Horton Hears a Who

July 22: The Spiderwick Chronicles

July 29: Nim’s Island

August 5: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

For additional info click here.

To learn more about the Regal Entertainment Group’s Free Summer Movie Deal on Tues and Wed mornings -click here

NexGen @ LACMA- Free membership and Admission

I’m always on the lookout for Free Museum Days around town and the NexGen program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)is one that can’t be missed. NexGen is a free membership to the LACMA to anyone 17 and under. The NexGen LACMA offers free general admission to the member as well as one accompanying adult. This includes permanent collection galleries and selected special exhibitions. To join, visit the LACMA box office or visit the LACMA website and print out the enrollment offer and send it in.

Among the many NexGen offerings are:

It’s a great program and if you have not had the opportunity to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art- You are missing out!! The LACMA is great for children and trust me they will love it!! For additional information click here- Have fun and explore away!!