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    Southern California Outings

    Ideas for family friendly outings and day-trips in southern California--mostly in LA/Orange Counties

    Southern California Outings

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    Autry Museum

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    Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena

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    Fort MacArthur Museum. Open 12-5 pm Tues, Thurs, weekends, & holidays. Free admission.

    The Fort MacArthur Museum Association: Welcome!

    Art Zone Hermosa Beach--looks like so much fun!

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    Knott's Berry Farm. We went there a couple of weeks ago and loved it. It was a totally new experience with kids. I only went on one roller coaster ride the whole day and had a blast just hanging out at Snoopy Land and in the western-themed Ghost Town with the boys.

    Children's Rides & Amusement Rides for Kids | Knott's Berry Farm

    Stroller friendly hikes in Los Angeles :)

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    Balboa Park--14 museums, beautiful free gardens, free tram rides around the park... we LOVED going here and can't wait to go back to San Diego and see more of this place!

    Balboa Park | A landscape of Arts and Culture

    100 Things to do in LA with Kids

    100 Things to Do in LA with Kids Before They Grow Up

    Wildlife Learning Center (in Sylmar) rescues wildlife and educates the public about the environment. It is like visiting a very small zoo but you get the chance to see and touch animals up-close. They do a "trainer talk" every hour on the hour and they let the kids touch the animal they bring out.

    Wildlife Learning Center

    George F. Canyon Nature Center, Rolling Hills Estates (free). Very small but nice area for nature walks. Open Fri-Sat-Sun.

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    Huntington Library and Gardens, free first Thursday if you get tickets online the first day of the previous month.

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    "Visions of the Empire" exhibit at Huntington Library & Gardens April 21-July 23, 2012

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    Rancho Los Cerritos, Long Beach

    Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site

    Star Eco Station, Culver City (Rescued Exotic Wildlife)

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    First Saturday in March every year is the "Whale of a Day" Celebration at Point Vicente, RPV

    Whale of a Day, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

    Zoomars Petting Zoo, San Juan Capistrano--right by the train stop if you want to ride the Amtrak, too :)

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    Kid Concepts, Torrance, monthly coupons are in the Best Buy mailers.

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    Old Station 36--Fire Station Museum in San Pedro--open Saturdays 10-3

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    Los Angeles Maritime Museum, San Pedro

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    Historic red cars in San Pedro. Only a dollar per adult for all-day rides, and kids are free! Plus there are some great museums/sites along the way.

    Pacific Electric Railway San Pedro Waterfront Red Car

    Dominguez Rancho Adobe Musem--free :)

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    Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

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    Hammer Museum @ UCLA, Free on Thursdays

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    Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a small, free museum (donations suggested). It also has a great view of the ocean and the lighthouse.

    Point Vicente Interpretive Center:

    Small museum at Torrance airport. They usually have at least one plane open that you can climb into, and they have a lot of models and pictures and other items on display.

    Western Museum of Flight - Aviation Museum