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Need a family night out? Take a look at these family-friendly activities and events in Santa Barbara! Or visit our Family Fun Trek or Santa Barbara Family Ideas itineraries for inspiration for all ages. The part about a family visit to Santa Barbara is that it’s easy to leave the car in park and get around car-free! Cruise from downtown to Stearns Wharf and the Harbor in the waterfront shuttle for a mere $.50 per ride! Jump on an open-air trolley and head to Old Mission Santa Barbara or see the area from a different perspective with a sea kayak tour, ride on the water taxi or pedicab! For a true adventure, spend the day exploring the Channel Islands—one of the country’s most unique and stunning national parks, only a short ferry ride across the Santa Barbara Channel. From beaches to parks and fun in the sun to interactive museum exhibits, the best time is sure to be had by all in Santa Barbara!
Take the Kids on an adventure they will never forget! An adventure out at sea on our 41 ft. Sailboat. Sit back and relax or help the Captain and Crew. Pack a picnic, drinks onboard for purchase. 2 Hrs. A save and stable vessel for the young. Life jackets provided. Pets are welcome.
SHARKS...Bite Size showcases some of the smaller sharks found in the Santa Barbara Channel. come face-to-face with these marine predators and visit them at the touch pool. Learn facts about their struggle for survival and the impact humans have on sharks, the oceans and our planet.
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm At ArtVenture Camps children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving.
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together. You will Design your own version of Bayer's Lonely Metropolitan in shades of black, white, and grey by sketching hands on mid-tone paper in graphite and white pastel, then collaging them onto to an urban landscape.
Meet live raptors such as Red-tailed Hawk, Western Screech Owl, or peregrine Falcon!
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum teaching artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8pm. See website for a full list of acitivites.
Fridays after 5:00 pm admission to Santa Barbara Rock Gym is only $7.50. Fun for climbers of all ages and ability levels
Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists lead 2-hour cruises that focus on bald eagles, local birds and migratory birds, local wildlife, flora, geology, and Native American and settler history.
Let Lake Cachuma's Naturalists guide you on a 2-hour Lake Cruise aboard the Osprey. Lake Cachuma is a thriving habitat for a great variety of wildlife, birds, fish, trees and plants. Fun for all ages!
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