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Old 01-27-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Portland, other times LA
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Is the annual pass for Disneyland really worth the money? And I am guessing the figure they give ($180 for 170 days) is per person right? Are there any other discounts or deals for residents to other parks or activities that are good for kids? Looking for places to take our son (he is 2) on some weekdays and weekends.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:07 PM
 
Location: CA
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The Disney pass is great, we love ours and use them often but we are big Disney nuts. That price is per person but your son would be free. It is only at age 3 that you have to buy them an entrance ticket. That pass you are talking about is the Southern CA Select one, I presume? That one does NOT include weekends, the summer or major holiday periods like Spring Break (but those are always times I want to avoid being there, anyway). Read the blackout dates carefully. I suggest adding on parking - at $11 or $12 a visit, it can add up.

Other great places for kids his age: Natural History Museum. Annual membership fee is tax deductible. With a membership there, you also get the La Brea Tar Pits. Check out Kidspace in Pasadena. Travel Town is also a lot of fun, that is in Griffith Park. There's a lot to explore in Griffith Park: the Zoo, the merry go round, different playgrounds. My kids always loved The Grove at that age. The musical fountain and the trolley ride was like a mini-Disneyland for them.

There's a great book called Baby's Day Out (I think) about all the myriad of things to do around LA with kids.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Portland, other times LA
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Weekdays, the local park, moms groups outings, just local, story times at librarys or barnes and noble, - don't drive.

Weekends: Beach, Santa Monica Pier (depending where in LA you are), beach, petting zoos, simple things that are visually stimulating, Disneyland is probably overkill for a two year old. Sort of a drive but Legoland in Carlsbad would be about right for two year olds. At two years old it really isn't necessary to drive too far or spend loads of money to keep them happy.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Weekdays, the local park, moms groups outings, just local, story times at librarys or barnes and noble, - don't drive.

Weekends: Beach, Santa Monica Pier (depending where in LA you are), beach, petting zoos, simple things that are visually stimulating, Disneyland is probably overkill for a two year old. Sort of a drive but Legoland in Carlsbad would be about right for two year olds. At two years old it really isn't necessary to drive too far or spend loads of money to keep them happy.
Agreed, Disneyland will be for you not for him. He will never remember it. But some parents are more into Dland than their kids. Just remember the rides you'll be able to go on will be very limited w/ a 2 y/o. And Mickey and Tiger actually scare little ones sometimes - been there done that.

The beach is the best free entertainment in SoCal. I agree with keepin' it simple with the little ones. Get a bicycle seat for him and take him on a bike ride at the beach.

When the're older you can get the pass and then you can actually enjoy the rides together.

Long Beach Aquarium is great for the younger ones as well.

Derek

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Old 01-27-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: SELA
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My mother had an annual pass to Disneyland when I was two or three, but I was apparently big enough to look four or five, and they would just raise eyebrows at her at the entrance (I'll have to ask her sometime if we she was ever actually charged extra). Something to keep in mind, I guess.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:25 PM
 
Location: RSM
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Knotts is inexpensive and Camp Snoopy is awesome for little ones. Many of my childhood memories were made at Camp Snoopy
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:56 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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California Science Center and Museum of Natural History are great.

Disneyland, Natural History Museum and Griffith Observatory have always been my favorite places ever since I was a wee tiny kid.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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California Science Center and Museum of Natural History are great.

Disneyland, Natural History Museum and Griffith Observatory have always been my favorite places ever since I was a wee tiny kid.

For a two year old?
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:25 AM
 
Location: CA
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My kids at 2 loved Disneyland and there was plenty for them to do there. They rode on tons of rides, loved the characters and just liked having the freedom to run around. We went often and it wasn't just for us parents. With the annual pass, we'd go in the morning, stay through lunch and then leave when the after school crowds came in.

My kids also loved the Natural History Museum at that age. The dioramas with all the animals were fascinating to them.

The CA Science Center has lots of hands-on exhibits that a small child would enjoy. Most of it is for older children but there are things for smaller kids. When my son was just 3, they had the Super Heroes exhibit and we took him more than once to that.

So, yes, I think those are appropriate for a two year old.
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