Things to Do in Los Angeles for Families – Our “Griswald” Christmas
Over the next several days I will be bringing you some details of all our adventures over our Christmas Holiday in the LA area. We had such a great time so I just wanted to give you a little bit of an overview of what we did this year. Before we go anywhere, I always start with a google search like, ” Things to do in Los Angeles for Families ” and see what fun I can find. TripAdvisor is another great resource for hotels and activities.
This was the first year we decided to do something different at Christmas. First- we had to get there. Wouldn’t you know it that the kiddo starts to get sick the day before we have to leave. We threw our bags (and antibiotics) in the car after work and school were out and drove over the snowy pass to get to the airport. With a sick kid in tow, we made it! Thankfully, the little ones meds kicked in and she was feeling better by night before takeoff.
We checked in at the Coast Gateway Hotel right at the airport to catch our 7:15 am flight. The airport, as expected was a madhouse- it is a good thing we arrived early as it was just getting crazier every minute right behind us. We made it to our gate with about 40 minutes to spare. Yes.. boarded and ready to go. So we thought. Turns out as we were taxiing down the runway, one of those pesky lights came on in the plane. Yep, turn around, get off the plane, change gates, reboard and try again. I am happy to say that everyone on the flight did great and we finally did meet our destination about 3 hours late. Not terribly bad for Holiday Travel!
When we arrived in Ontario, CA (35 minutes outside LA) things finally went as planned. Kia Motors had my 2013 Kia Sportage XS right there waiting for me at baggage. Yes… finally things are going right!
We met up with the family and made our plans for the week. Here are a few of the things we did during our visit:
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley: a self guided tour through Reagan’s lifetime accomplishments
Queen Mary Tours in Long Beach: Guided and self tours among the famous “Grey Ghost” with many restaurant options
Down Town Disney Shopping: Many shops and food outside the Disney Parks including Rainforest Cafe, Buid-a-Bear and Ridemakerz
Disneyland: Do you need more explanation?
Hollywood: Visit the walk of fame stars and the Grauman Chinese Theater
Medieval Times Dinner Show in Buena Park: A twist on dinner theater featuring medieval games such as jousting.
I really wanted to see Disneyland at Christmas. We had been there before, but I have heard that Christmas is especially spectacular, so we decided to do that toward the end of the week hoping it would be less busy. Well- this is where the “Griswald” Christmas once again, comes into play. Can you believe that when we got to the park it was “full”!! What? Seriously- Disneyland was closed? I knew it would be busy during the Holiday, but I never expected to not be able to get in. We stopped by again the next day, and again it was full. Thankfully, we had been before, and my kids made the very intellegant decision that it would be too full to be fun. We do that attraction another time!
We spent some time driving around. Visited a few malls and before we knew it, we had to go home. The flight back was uneventful and we made it back exhausted. Back to the cold. Back to the snow. I’m already missing the warm weather- better start planning the next trip!
Like I said before, I will be talking about all these places we went in detail so keep checking back this week for more Cali fun!