Activites with Toddlers in Southern California – LA Zoo

   Well it is another beautiful sunny weekend in California.  My wife and I were set to take the kids to the LA Zoo.  It was not too hot and it was a short drive.  The La Zoo is locate at Griffith Park in Los Angeles and parking is always free. Tickets to the zoo are $10 for adults (13 and up) and $5 for kids (2 to 12).  Kids under 2 are free.  After much thinking my wife and I decided to get a year pass for the family for only $75.  This pass can be used to get into other participating  zoos throughout California and the US at a discounted price.  There is a list of around 140 zoos and aquariums that offer either discounted admissions or free admissions with the LA Zoo pass.

The LA Zoo has many exhibits to enjoy.  The monkeys were quite active today as were the giraffes.  There is even a petting zoo for the little kids to enjoy.  It was funny to watch my 3 1/2 year old son scared to get close to any off the animals in the petting zoo but my 21 month year old daughter who seems to have no fear when she gets around the animals.   The zoo has many different animals to see.  My son enjoyed the zoo more than my daughter.  The zoo has an assortment of animals from zebras to apes and gorillas to camels and even a spider exhibit. 

The zoo is a fun place for the kids to see some cool animals but let me give one warning.  Be prepared to do some walking and if you have kids, I would recommend a stroller for them.  My daughter spent a lot of time in the stroller and my son spent a little time in it as well.  There is a guided tram for an additional price that will take you around the zoo and make stops at various exhibits.  The LA Zoo is great day adventure for the kids!

LA Zoo FlamingoosLA Zoo - CamelLA Zoo - ElephantLA Zoo - Zebras

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Activities with Toddlers in Southern California – Gull Wings Children’s Museum

Hi all,

 I love the weekend.  It not just two days off work, although I went to work for about 4 1/2 hours today, but it is two whole days to hang with my wife and two kids.  I have a son who is roughly 3 1/2 years old and a daughter a little over a  1 1/2 years old.  I love the time I get to spend with them at the parks and around the house but too often it seems my wife and I go stir crazy with the kids at home.  This is a series I plan to include in my blog in 2008.  Keep an eye out for updates.

——   Gull Wings Children’s Museum –  Oxnard, Ca ——————————————————-

Saturday after I came back home from work, it was time for a trip to a local children’s museum.  The plan was to meet up with some friends there.  We ran a little late due to some traffic caused by an accident on the freeway.  That’s the norm for Southern California although I tend to see more accidents on the weekdays than the weekends.  Our friends had left before we got there but I can understand because this children’s museum was quite small.

The name of the museum is Gull Wings Children’s Museumin Oxnard.   Admission to the museum is $4.00 for ages two and up.  The museum is rather small with a few exhibits.   My kids seem to have fun but both my wife and I did not like it.  It was rather basic and not too impressive and many of the exhibts seemed rundown and dirty. It is a very low budget place but what should I expect for $4.00 a person.   I would  not recommend it to anyone else or go there again.   

Goodbye to 2007

Hi all,

 Well 2007 is almost over and it has been one exciting year.  I spent over a month in Lithuania and even spent 3 1/2 days in Paris, France.  My mom celebrated her 70th birthday.  Watching my kids grow up this year has been awesome. I am blessed with the life God has given.  Both my wife and kids are awesome and so is the rest of my family.  I also enjoy watching the new England patriots go undefeated during the regular season. 

 If I can encourage anyone with just one thing, it would be to get a bible and start going to a bible teaching church.  I guess that is two.   Spend next year in the Word reading, praying, and repenting.  Need a starting point start with the gospel of John and continue with Acts.  Oh, by the way take your time and meditate on God’s words.  It is so easy to breeze right through it.  Just ponder on it.  Also learn to repent more often.

Prediction for football and basketball will come in a later post.  I must make one thing clear.  The Lakers looking like a good playoff team but not a contender for the NBA Finals.   I do not think that they can make it past  the San Antonio Spurs.  I do think that they are playing a lot better than I thought.  My apologize for raggin on Kobe Bryant.  i will try better in 2008 to be kinder to him in my blogs? :> 

What are my plans for 2008?   Watch my post tomorrow. 

Monday Woes

Is it me or are Mondays seem to be the worst day of the week.  Every Monday at work some major problem occurs and I have to fix it. The last two Mondays at work have been like a blur to me.  Usually by Wednesday everything is back to normal.  I thought about asking for Mondays off but then Tuesday would be my bad day at work.

Well, my wife and I decided to buy a play kitchen for the kids.  We brought it home and started to put it together.  Ok, hold on,  I was watching her put it together.  Ten minutes after we started we notice one of the pieces had a major dent in it.  Well I guess it is back to Toys R Us.

Pumpkin Patch 2007

Well it was another fun year at the pumpkin patch at Underwood Family Farms.  It seems every year we go we have fun.  I was bother a little by the fact that they charge the same price for kids as audults.  On the weekdays it is $3 a person, age 2 and up and weekends are $8.50 a person, age 2 and up.  Children under 2 are free.

I understand that on the weekends they have live music and some shows for the kids.  The weekdays they still have some things for the kids to do.  We like going there to take pictures anyways but we still support them by buying a few pumpkins.  But let’s get real.  Paying $8.50 for a kid to get into a pumpkin patch on the weekend is outrageous.  Many of the activities and basic rides requires an additional ticket purchase.  They do have some free activities but not worth $8.50.

As long as the kids have fun I guess I am alright with that.  I guess I will just go there during the weekday. 

Think of me

This is a great video.  As Christians do we love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves?

Recently  Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley revealed it’s plans to build a new church.  But instead of building a traditional building, they plan to build an outside amphitheater.   The goal of the church is to take half of their budget and give it way to the needy around the world.