Visiting the Museum of Tolerance is an incredibly emotional experience. I was a little worried about taking my children here due to the content and brutal nature of this period in history. However, we approached it as, "This is something terrible that happened in history. You are going to learn about some inhumane things that were done to people. We want you to grow up understanding that there is no place for hatred and bigotry in this world, because this is what can happen..." Both of my kids (who were 10 and 13 at the time of our visit) were both engaged, understood and asked insightful questions and handled the material well as presented. We were fortunate enough to be there when a Holocaust survivor was speaking and it was one of the most powerful things that I have ever experienced. Additionally, we visited the Anne Frank exhibit and it didn't disappoint.
I'm sorry to say that we didn't really enjoy our trip to Pirate's Dinner Adventure. The show was mediocre and the food was terrible. If you are deciding between this show or Medieval Times, I would definitely recommend the knights over the pirates.
You can't appreciate the enormity of the Hoover Dam until you are there and see it in person. We added this to our road trip and are glad that we did! What we planned to be a quick 20-30 minute stop, just to check it off of our bucket list, ended up being 2 hours of exploration. I was pleasantly surprised by how interested my kids were. Definitely worth the stop!
Bearizona is an incredible place to visit! The animals seem at peace and much less fearful than those we've seen at the zoo. The people who work here are awesome and happy to talk to you about the animals. Each employee that we encountered truly seem to love their job! The access to viewing the animals can't be beat. We LOVE this place and would certainly visit again!
Our visit to the Desert View Watchtower was my favorite part of visiting the Grand Canyon. Absolutely worth visiting for the great views and amazing architecture!
We had a blast at Medieval Times! We went in January and they were having a canned food drive. We got half price tickets by bringing in a non-perishable food item for each ticket. Pay the couple of extra dollars to view the "torture" devices before you go in. The show was great, the food was decent and the "knights" are all very gracious to their fans. We purchased a sword and a shield for each of our kids (reasonably priced for a touristy place) and the knights each posed for pictures with our kids and signed their "weapons." Buy a flag to cheer for your knight, it really does just add to the fun. It is loud so if your kids have any sensory issues, I would recommend bringing noise cancelling headphones for them. My kids loved this place and have asked when we can go again!
This waterpark is very small and is located on the right hand side of a large shopping center. When our GPS said turn, we didn't because we thought, "This can't be a waterpark, it's a shopping center. Shouldn't we be looking for large waterslides?" We went on a weekend. It was very busy and the main attraction, The Wave Rider, was closed. Our eyes were burning from the chemicals in the water after using the body waterslide. It was hard to enjoy the Lazy River because there were so many people in it. To be fair, we visited on a weekend in the summer and it's a waterpark. It may have been a more favorable experience if we had gone during the week and not on a school break.
I absolutely loved this place! We chose to come here on a Sunday after the adjoining church had completed their services for the day. We were the only visitors there. This place is a true labor of love by the artist, we were all very moved. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful. The small Rock Chapel was a wonderful place to whisper a short prayer. We were very happy to find this place through a travel blog and have recommended a visit to friends and family. My parents lived in this town for years and we never even knew this was there. We would definitely visit this place again!
The Griffith Observatory was a great place to take my science-loving kids. Parking was a nightmare but just park in the lower level lot, the hike up the hill is worth it and it's FREE! We went when they were hosting a public star party and my kids were able to see the moon and Mars through the telescopes that were set up on the lawn. The Observatory was recently renovated/expanded so make sure to catch the movie in the Leonard Nimoy Theater to see how it was done, very interesting! My kids enjoyed seeing what they weighed on each of the planets and also seeing real moon rocks and learning where meteorites often hit. The interactive periodic table of elements was my son's personal favorite. The view of L.A. from the top deck is unbelievable! Bring quarters so your kids can look through the observation deck binoculars and don't forget to get a photo of the Hollywood sign in the background. This stop is perfect for a day trip!
This is something you just have to check off of your bucket list. It's nothing glamorous but one of those things you just want to be able to say that you've seen. Every few steps someone will try to sell you a tour. My kids quickly learned to say no loudly and firmly so that we would be left alone. We had fun seeing the names that we recognized. Be forewarned there is a lingering urine smell in several areas. I prepared my kids ahead of time by letting them know that it could be a little overwhelming (lots of tourists), sad (lots of homeless) and stinky (see above). All in all, they were glad that we went and overall they enjoyed it. However, we don't feel the need to visit again.