Disneyland – click this link for the list of toddler entertainment
Legoland – make this part of your trip to San Diego
Knotts Berry Farms – close to Anaheim, its a short jaunt to these rides
Beaches and Piers
The Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica combines elements of the historic Marion Davies Estate with new amenities to create a truly unique community destination that’s open to all – no membership required. Your can reserve a parking space online for $8.00 per day or pay $4.00 per hour in the metered lot. Separate fees are required for access to the pool. A few large beach canopies are available first come first serve, or you can reserve one online for $20.00 for up to two hours to include (2) chairs and (2) tables. This is great for a group picnic! Or you can dine at the Back to the Beach Cafe right next to the playground. They also have a take-out window. Classes are offered in both buildings or you can rent out the buildings for events. Read Laura’s Review.
The beautiful Santa Monica Pier offers a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping experiences, including the thrill rides of Pacific Park; a historic 1922 Carousel, and an interactive aquarium. As you stroll the planks of the Pier, enjoy lively street performers — from musicians to artists plus fabulous vendor carts and don’t miss some of the best sunsets along the California coast. The Santa Monica Pier is open 365 days a year. Admission is free.
The Paradise Beach Cafe in Malibu offers an extensive menu in the restaurant and a To-Go Menu of soups, salads, tacos, big buckets and sandwiches outside. Have breakfast at the beach and then spend the morning! Then get lunch from their To-Go window. Parking can be a bit tough so I suggest you go early and go on a weekday.
According to The Official Guide Los Angeles Cabrillo Beach is a family favorite. Popular among travelers and locals hitting the beach with kids in tow, Cabrillo Beach is a tranquil setting near San Pedro with everything you need for the perfect family outing. Located on a thin peninsula near Point Fermin Park, the beach actually has two sides — one outside the breakwater that’s open to the surf, and one that’s open to the harbor. Depending on the activity, you can select either side and enjoy some adventure or some well-deserved relaxation. After you’re finished with the beach, head to the nearby Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and enjoy the interactive exhibits, tidepool touch tanks and other unforgettable attractions.