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101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around the San Fernando Valley

**Follow each link to get details about your visit directly from your destination, since some places operate seasonally or by reservation, as well as to check each venue's COVID requirements (masks, limits, social distancing).

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from San Fernando Valley. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!


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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

123 Lavender Farm
SuihoEn - The Japanese Garden
Brand Park
Descanso Gardens
Virginia Robinson's Garden
Gardens at the Getty Villa


Get Wild on a Hike

  Brand Park
Deukmejian Wilderness Park 
Beaudry Loop
Tad Williams Loop


Time Travel Today

  Heritage Square Museum
LA Live Steamers Railroad Museum 
Fort Tejon Historic State Park
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Autry Museum of the American West
Mission Santa Barbara 


Make Life a Beach

Leo Carillo State Park
East Beach and Stearns Wharf
Santa Monica Beach and Pier
Silver Strand Beach State Park
Coronado Beaches 
Arroyo Burro State Beach
Crystal Cove National Seashore


Splash into Some Water Fun

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
  Super Silly Fun Land
Raging Waters 
Knott's Soak City 
Great Wolf Lodge


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Museum of the San Fernando Valley
Valley Relics Museum 
Discovery Cube LA 
Skirball Cultural Center
Kidspace Children's Museum


Explore These Cities

Santa Barbara 
San Louis Obispo
San Diego 


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Peterson Automotive Museum
Museum of Flying
Automobile Driving Museum
Southern California Railroad Museum 
Travel Town Museum
Visit the Queen Mary
L.A. Maritime Institute
Lomita Railway Museum 
Flight Path Museum 


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Underwood Family Farm
Tapia Brothers Farm
Forneris Farm
McGrath Family Farm
Hidden Havens Farm


Play Ball!

  Pickwick Bowl
Mission Hills Croquet Club
Castle Batting Cages
Arroyo Seco Miniature Golf
Glendale Tennis Club


Treat Yo' Self

  Kiddos Creamery
Wanderlust Creamery
Paradis Ice Cream


Connect with Nature

Garden of the Gods
Brand Park Memory Garden
  Mark Taper Life Science Botanic Garden
Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden 
Franklin Murphy Sculpture Garden
The Getty Villa


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Knott's Berry Farm


Talk to the Animals

  Santa Barbara Zoo
The Gentle Barn 
Danny's Farm
Los Angeles Zoo
Wildlife Learning Zoo
Gilchrist Farm
Moorpark College Teaching Zoo


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Bhagavad-gita Diorama Museum
Japanese Village Plaza
L.A. Chinatown 
Chinese American Museum
The Getty Villa 
USC Pacific-American Museum


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Trabuco Falls 
Big Falls
  Monrovia Canyon Park Waterfall
Solstice Canyon Waterfall


Get Active Indoors

  We Play Indoor Playground
Pump-It-Up Van Nuys
Nest Indoor Playground
The Playroom 
Sky Zone


Challenge Yourself

  San Fernando Valley Symphony
Norton Simon Museum
Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Hanson Dam Riding School
Boulderdash Indoor Rock Climbing 


Shop Your Heart Out

  MagicBeans Bookstore
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
Children's Book World
The Illiad Bookshop

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown San Fernando Valley. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away