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!