The Santa Monica Airport — fun for the kids!

For most of us living in Southern California, kids + outdoor activities = the way to go. Yes, of course we have many parks and beaches (and parks AT beaches), and I definitely have my favorites, but here’s a different idea (at least to those who don’t know about it yet!) – the Santa Monica Airport. “Airplane” being one of my son’s first words, I knew that this would be a home run when I first discovered from another parent its entertainment potential (other than a possible ‘Brangelina’ sighting). This small, un-crowded, easily accessible airport is a great spot for KIDS!

Once you reach the “public view deck” of this little unassuming airpot, voilà – you have front row seats to take-offs and landings! My son was enthralled and totally mesmerized each time a little prop plane or private jet would arrive or take to the sky – or even just start to taxi on the runway.

The viewing deck has little benches where you can refuel the kiddos during and in between the action with snacks or a picnic. There’s also a little gift shop with airplane models to-go for your little pilot-wannabe, as well as clean bathrooms (always a plus in my book). If the viewing and ooh-ing and aah-ing aren’t enough to exhaust your tyke, there are actually a couple of cute parks on either side of the airfield.

On a side note for adults, there are some fabulous restaurants in the airport (check the website) as well as nearby art studios – a community of artists and exhibition spaces located right across the street. Happy landing!


6 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Dajana | June 11, 2010 | Reply

My son loves Santa Monica Airport! A MUST if you have a son. I might take mine there today:)

2. Annaka | June 11, 2010 | Reply

A great after-school destination for my grandchildren and me! Easy parking, exciting to see airplanes in action – and free. My favorite art gallery in a hanger:

3. Joanna | June 13, 2010 | Reply

I really didn’t know that you could go there just to watch!

4. Nancy | June 28, 2010 | Reply

what a great post!! you’re helping make LA better than it already is for kids!

5. Melitta | July 16, 2010 | Reply

The look of utter delight on your (?) adorable son says it all!
I have partied in the hangers there, shopped in the galleries, but I never even thought about it as a place to take the little ones to watch the planes. Such an easy, free and very fun thing to do! Thank you again for the great suggestions. I want to bring those very same smiles to my kiddies.

6. Butterfly Decorations | October 7, 2010 | Reply

Airports would never be boring anymore to kids.I am certain every time you gotta mention Santa Monica Airport to them, they will have it spelled on their mind as FUN!