I love Pasadena! There are so many things to do in the area and the city has so much to offer for families. Besides the array of fabulous parks, playgrounds and shopping centers there are many other places that cater to kids. Here’s a list of my favorite spots to hit up with the family.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden –  a unique 127-acre botanical garden and historical site. There are plants from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species. The Arboretum also houses outdoor historical landmarks representative of the major phases of California history, including a gorgeous Queen Anne Cottage on a lake and an old railroad depot. Kids love the peacocks, geese, turtles, herons, ducks and other creatures, as well as the waterfall and gorgeous flowers. Every third Tuesday of the month admission is FREE.

Kidspace Childrens Museum – packed with educational exhibits your kids won’t even realize their learning. There is an outdoor physics forest, greenhouse, climbing structures and lots of water play! The first Tuesday of every month is FREE Family Night from 4pm-8pm. See the website for that month’s theme.

FUn things to do for free in Pasadena with kidsDescanso Gardens – a beautiful place to walk around with the kids and enjoy the duck pond, rose gardens, Koi pond and the summer music series. There is also a 1/8-scale diesel train that takes little tykes on rides. Every third Tuesday of the month admission is FREE.

Eaton Canyon – 190-acre zoological, botanical and geological nature preserve situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Visitors can enjoy its hiking trails, picnic areas, seasonal stream, rocks and minerals, various natural habitats, native plants and wildlife. Don’t forget to stop in the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, which houses a wonderful variety of live animals, exciting displays and fascinating information. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

South Pasadena Farmers Market – known as one of the best farmers markets in Los Angeles, this weekly market has everything from ice cream to Kettle Corn and olive oil to tacos. There are so many vendors and great food the only problem will be deciding what to see first. It runs every Thursday afternoon. Visit the site for further details.

Travel Town Train Museum – a great outdoor museum where kids can climb on real trains, take a ride in a mini train around the park and see a working model train exhibit. Admission is FREE.


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