Chris Casebeer's Favorite Activities for Kids in Santa Barbara

Kids Activities

I have raised two children here, so I know what it is that kids like to do in Santa Barbara. It used to be a struggle to find them all, but now there are some good resources for parents on the Web. I need not mention the after school programs that every school has. So we'll go on from there.

First, there are the obvious, and well worth choices, the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (think dinosaurs and whales), the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf, art classes at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and other wonderful resources. For a town of our size we are very lucky to have so much.

Another great resource for after school and summer programs is through the City of Santa Barbara's Parks and Recreation Department. I don't know what these programs are like elsewhere, but here in Santa Barbara they are terrific. Check them out.

Here are some other good things.

For those with toddlers and very young children there is the Kids Zone located at Alameda Park (Micheltorena and Santa Barbara Streets). There are great play facilities here. Lots of young children and moms.

For the skateboard rats, the City maintains a skaters bowl in Chase Palm Park on Cabrillo Boulevard called Skaters Point. It is very cool and very busy on the weekends and during the summer. But it's pretty safe and there are monitors on duty. Check out the movie clips on this link.

There are events going on all the time here. Festivals, parades, celebrations, fairs. Check out this basic guide. I have more on the Fiesta and Solstice parades back on the "Best of" page where you started.

There are lots more things for kids and families. Start with this stuff and you'll find even more.

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