Recently, my family and I did a week-long stay-cation. I have been saying for the longest time that I wanted to take some time to be a tourist in our city. This was the perfect opportunity. It has never been more clear that we take so many things for granted. Living in Los Angeles sometimes means you forget how cool living in Los Angeles really is. It’s easy to forget that people come here for vacation for a reason.
We started our week at the Downtown Disney district. It’s an outdoor shopping center just outside of the gates of Disney Land. Our son loves going there because he’s all about anything related to Disney. We hadn’t decided yet if we were actually going to try and make Disney Land that week so we figured we’d do Downtown Disney to give him a little Disney experience in case we decided against hitting up the actual amusement park.
The next day we spent some time in Redondo Beach. There is an attraction called Fun Factory there and I’d never been inside for some reason. It was so much fun! There were rides and games. It’s pretty much an indoor carnival. My favorite ride, the Tilt-A-Whirl, took me back to my childhood! I took my son along for the ride.
After leaving the Fun Factory we walked around and checked out glass bottom boats and paddle boats. There was also a gondola for rent. I let my husband know that we would be checking that out for a date night! After spending the day there, we decided to play it by ear for the rest of the week. While the time in Redondo was fun, we also kept it simple with a trip to Krispy Kreme so the kids could see how donuts were made. My son was a fan and kind of fascinated by the whole process. At the end of it, they give you a free donut. Win-win!
We also spent some time in Santa Monica. I always see the amusement park on Santa Monica Pier in movies and as I drive by but I’d never been there. This week, I figured why not? I’m glad I did. We had a great time. It was almost like we had started this whole amusement park theme. My son rode his first real park ride by himself. His sister cheered him on.
She looks amused, right? While on the pier, we saw Mickey and Minnie. It was weird. They wanted you to pay to take a picture with them. We passed on that. My son thought they were suspect, anyway! It’s as if he knew that we’d decided that Disney Land was definitely a must-do and he was gonna wait for the real thing!
The next day, we got up and hit the road to Anaheim! We didn’t tell the little guy where we were going. Once we got there and he started seeing Mickey everywhere, he said (in the cutest happy voice ever) “Are we at Disney Land?” That joy on his face was priceless. The tickets to get into Disney, were not. Ahem…
And then he saw Mufasa… If you don’t know why this is the biggest deal EVER, see this post!This face alone, was probably worth the price of admission! Pure Disney magic!
After the excitement that is Disney, nothing could top that. We decided to make it a beach day to end the week. We hung out at the super popular Venice Beach and had lunch. That was the perfect end to a fabulous week.