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The Huntington Library

I wanted to share only the toddler-friendly areas of The Huntington Library that I had pictures of because the area was so huge and there were so many beautiful scenes throughout that I’d be giving away too much.  So, instead I’m sharing The Children’s Garden because if you’re on this site, I’m 90% sure you’ve got a toddler and are wondering if it’s worth coming here.  Well, it is!  Max stayed in his stroller without activating “the ants in his pants” the entire time we were there.  We took a nice long stroll throughout the grounds as we made our way to The Children’s Garden.  

The children’s garden was perfect to run around in, actually if you read the sign up above it clearly states DO NOT RUN, and Max didn’t, wink, wink.

There were numerous faucets of water flowing in a perfectly circular fashion which made them look like bubbles.

 

They had a cool volcano looking thing that had actual smoke spewing from the top and the kiddos could run under it…

As well as a rainbow tunnel …

The children’s area was small but believe me, Max could have stayed for hours.  He didn’t want to leave.  If it wasn’t for promises of pizza and a cold soda, I would’ve given in and stayed but I was hungry and thirsty for pizza from my favorite pizza joint.  So, mommy won and we left but he was a happy camper after having a mouthful of pizza in his mouth 🙂

As I mentioned earlier, the grounds were huge and there were a lot of cool things to marvel at and I wanted to share just one more because it was my favorite.  It was the Cloud Forest …

And once inside this is what you saw …

Oooooh, it’s as if you’re walking through the clouds.  Keep in mind that my friend walked ahead dispersing some of the “clouds” but it was really neat to see. 

This place is a definite yes, to go place.  Max and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I suggest having a good breakfast before you go inside because food and drinks are not permitted although I’d still take snacks for the little one because seriously, who wants to see the hungry monster coming out in such a beautiful place.

Janet

L.A. County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Look at that face!  Isn’t he the cutest.  Here we are having lunch at the Peacock Cafe located inside of the park before we headed out to take a stroll around the park.

Once on our way, this is one of the first things we came across.  What a beautiful tree!  I’d never seen a tree this color, I was in awe.

I don’t think Max was too impressed though.  He found something more entertaining…

We walked and walked and walked.  I marveled at the beauty of the park.  So much nature , it was hard to believe it was in the city.  max on the other hand just kept walking and walking or I should say, pushing and pushing the stroller.  Until we got to a pond with DUCKS!  I’m amazed by the things that Max is entranced by.  He stood at this bench looking onward and just stared at the ducks that were swimming and quacking and flapping and swimming and just doing duck things.

After I was able to pry him away from the ducks we came upon a hill.  On that hill was a beautiful peacock.  Max saw that peacock and ran towards it probably thinking he was going to grab it and squeeze it and love it….  I took the picture of him running towards the peacock but then I realized what was about to happen and I ran faster than lighting to grab Max before the peacock became defensive.

All in all I think Max had a great time.  It was alot of walking and there weren’t any activities to entertain a toddler but he was entertained by the birds that roamed free throughout the park.  The walking also helped get him tired and he had a nice long nap on the way home.

L.A. County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens      www.arboretum.org