Kids at Terranea

family balconyAfter a year as Terranea social media ambassador, I’ve had an opportunity to see Terranea in a variety of situations at different times of the year. And although many of my friends think of Terranea as a place for a romantic getaway, it’s actually a perfect place to spend a weekend with the kids. How will you keep them occupied? It’s more like, how will you have enough time to do all of the fun things Terranea offers? Here are just a few ideas:

3 waterslidesSwimming and waterslide: The 5,000-square-foot pool gives you plenty to do but it’s the waterslide that really sets the Terranea pool apart from other hotel or resort pools. The 140-foot Peninsula Plunge, a slippery and twisting downward spiral, is guaranteed to keep the kids occupied for hours.

Bocce ball: The resort’s competition-style bocce ball court is fun in the daytime and spectacular at night with glow-in-the-dark bocce balls. Never played bocce ball before? It’s easy, and the kids can pick it up in an instant.

rock huntersCove and Tide Pools: All it takes is a hike down to the cove at low tide, and the splendor of the ocean is right at your feet. You’ll see sea anemones, sea slugs, starfish, shellfish, and plenty of rocks and crystals for your budding marine biologists and geologists to admire.

owlbertBirding: On weekend mornings at 11:00 a.m., join Joe the falconer for a free talk right outside the adventure center on the birds of prey that keep Terranea seagull-free. You can even get an up-close meeting with a peregrine falcon, a hawk, or Owlbert, the Eurasian eagle owl. If you want a more in-depth birding experience, you can sign up for a private session at Pointe Discovery.

discovery trailHiking: Discovery Trail runs all along the length of the property parallel with the coastline, so naturally the views are spectacular. But informational signs along the way offer new perspectives on the native plants and indigenous wildlife. Plus, if your kids are tickled by a good ghost story, they may want to learn more about “The Lady of the Light,” a ghostly presence seen at the nearby Point Vicente Lighthouse.

tide pool signKids’ Club: The kids’ club itself is a fun room with all sorts of toys and games. But what goes on at Kids’ Club is so much more than that. Each day, the activities may include an “I Spy” scavenger hunt around the resort; a treasure hunt; a talent show; and glow-in-the-dark activities for nighttime.

firepit boysFire pits: Want to get cozy once the sun goes down? Stop by one of Terranea’s 228 fire pits or fireplaces to roast some marshmallows, sing a few songs, or just cuddle up and watch the flames dance while the ocean crashes in the distance.

terranea kayaksBiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, horseback riding, painting, photography…: If you and your kids have these or any other outdoor-themed interests, you can arrange to have a guided tour or lesson. Stop by Pointe Discovery to learn more about availability.

Do your kids have favorite activities they like to do at Terranea? Let us know!

Two Milk Minimum

When’s the last time you heard your kids laughing really, really hard? Like, hard enough so that they fall on the floor with tears rolling down their faces…in a good way? If you’re longing to hear that sound, your best bet is to head over to Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, which has a special family-friendly comedy show on Saturdays called Two Milk Minimum.

The 90-minute show, starting at 4:30 pm, features a changing lineup of comedians, magicians, jugglers, and musicians. With the hilarious Michael Rayner serving as emcee, there is never a dull moment (Would you believe he can spin a cheeseburger on an umbrella?). At a recent show, the featured performer was magician Joseph Tran, who had the kids rolling in the aisles and then speechless in amazement with his balloon animal and ring tricks.

Michael Rayner balances a wheelbarrow on his chin…You had to see it to believe it!

The club itself is a small, intimate setting, with a front row of cushion-y chairs that are right at the foot of the stage. Kids are encouraged to come as close as they’d like, and they are frequently invited on stage to participate in tricks. Hungry? There’s a $5 kids’ menu with everything a kid could want, from burgers and fries to pizza.

With admission at $10 per head (kids under 2 are free), it’s about the same you’d pay for an afternoon at the movies but the experience is unique and intimate and will leave your kids with a real appreciation for live performance. Want to have a birthday party there? Just bring the cake to serve afterwards; there is no “cake corkage” fee.

Flappers Comedy Club is located in Burbank at 102 East Magnolia. Phone: 818-845-9721. View the full events calendar here.

Blogger disclosure: Flappers offered free admission for bloggers in our group. Many thanks to Adrienne of Adrienne’s House for coordinating the event!

Scooter’s Jungle Fun

Do your kids need to run off some excess energy? If you haven’t been to Scooter’s Jungle yet, now’s the time to head over and experience some seriously bouncy fun.

Scooter’s Jungle, which opened earlier this year, is located in a stretch of light industrial buildings in El Segundo that you would be forgiven for missing entirely if you didn’t know it was there. Once you step inside, however, there’s a completely different kind of energy. There are two gymnasium-sized rooms with custom-made huge inflatable jumpers and permanent structures. Your kids can play ball in the inflatable basketball court, jump through obstacle courses, slide down enormous slides, and zip across zip lines, landing on a soft, bouncy structure each time. There’s also air hockey, ping pong, a climbing maze, and sit-down scooters.

Scooter’s Jungle is available for private parties and gatherings, and the staff is incredibly organized in managing food and drinks (and keeping track of birthday presents!) for big groups. They also offer special toddler and all-age open play times during the week, as well as “Family Fun Night” featuring $9 admission for kids ($4 for adults), $2 pizza slices, and free lemonade and snacks. Check the calendar for details.

Did we mention that adults can go on the equipment too? We dare you to resist at least one trip down the slide. Just don’t forget socks for you and your kids.

Last, we’ll throw in a bonus tip we learned today from Scooters’ Jungle for managing little bumps and “owies”: Take a single baby wipe, fold it in half, put it in a snack-sized Ziploc baggie, and freeze it for an easy, quick, and disposable ice pack. (Yes, someone went down the slide too fast – but we’re all good.) We’re ready to go back again!