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Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach California

Things to Do with Kids in Long Beach California

Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach CaliforniaMy husband grew up in Monterey Bay and just from living there, knows more about marine biology than I do, and I studied Ichthyology in college! I grew up in a beach town also in Seal Beach, Southern California, but there wasn’t an aquarium nearby back then. But now there is!

The Aquarium of the Pacific is next door to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, one town over from Seal Beach. While the Aquarium of the Pacific can never match up to Monterey Bay Aquarium from location alone (it’s on the ocean’s edge where it dips into a deep cavern), it’s still a pretty nice aquarium to visit.

Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach California

Our trip to California was mainly centered on my mother in law’s 80th birthday …Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach California

and visiting my mother, about to turn 93, in her new independent living facility.

Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach California

Related to that, we spent two days cleaning out my mother’s house, the house that I grew up in, which is a big job as she’s a hoarder.

My kids called our California trip a “work” trip because it was not a family vacation centered around fun. Still, we managed to visit the places that they wanted to go: Muji (a Japanese design store with pens, household goods and clothes), Daiso (a Japanese $2 discount store), Jamba Juice, In-and-Out Burger, Krispy Kreme donuts, and surf stores for back to school shopping.

Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach California

In addition, we did Stand Up Paddleboard in Redondo Beach, visited the artist Victor Hugo Zayas in his studio, and saw the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The visit to the aquarium came about because we had a red eye flight and time to kill. This aquarium is near the Long Beach Airport and turned out to be the perfect diversion.

Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach California

Things to do in Long Beach with Kids

Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach California

Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach California

p.s. My posts on Monterey Bay Aquarium are on Jellyfish, Sea Horses, and Upcycled Art.

Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach California

Things to Do With Kids in Long Beach California


By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

6 Comments

  1. That’s really cool! I would like to get over to that side of the country. The closest I’ve been is New Mexico (Well, I was in the Phoenix, Arizona airport for about 30 minutes… but I don’t know if that counts). 🙂
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  2. You’re so close! I’ll have to make a list of all those neat places. Did you make it to Los Angeles? I understand the problems with your mom — I also can’t get rid of stuff. It’s bizarre but I’m working on it. I am not buried in stuff but I could be.

    Happiest of Holidays to you all!!
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  3. Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best place for kids to visit in California. Kids will defiantly going to love it. I also have been there with my kids and we had a lot of fun. There are other places as well in Monterey to visit which can help you to kill time.

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