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Kid Friendly Events

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!

 

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Tuesday Mar 03, 2015


Sharks...Bite Size

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. 

Wednesday Mar 04, 2015


Sharks...Bite Size

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. 

Thursday Mar 05, 2015


Family 1st Thursdays
  • March 05, 2015
  • Times: 5:30-7:30PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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. This week: Visual Storytelling- Use colored pencils and metallic paint to reimagine the architecture, landscape, and figures in Sandro Botticelli's The Annunciation, featured in the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition.

Children's Whale Watching Cruise
  • March 05, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:30AM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Harbor
  • Address: 125 Harbor Way #13, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-962-8222
  • Venue: Sunset Kidd Sailing, Whale Watching and Sunset Cruises

The Whales are Here!! Bring the kids out for an unforgettable moment of a lifetime! Come aboard our 41 ft. Sailboat, safe and stable for the young. Never crowded with our 15 passenger maximum. Pack a picnic and enjoy up to 2.5 hrs of fun on the Pacific Ocean!

Eyes in the Sky
  • March 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Times: 2PM
  • Address: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-682-4711
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Meet live raptors such as Red-tailed Hawk, Western Screech Owl, or peregrine Falcon! 

Family 1st Thursdays
  • March 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
  • Times: 5:30-7:30PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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. 

Sharks...Bite Size

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. 

Friday Mar 06, 2015


Cachuma Lake Eagle Cruises

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.

Children's Whale Watching Cruise
  • March 06, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:30AM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Harbor
  • Address: 125 Harbor Way #13, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-962-8222
  • Venue: Sunset Kidd Sailing, Whale Watching and Sunset Cruises

The Whales are Here!! Bring the kids out for an unforgettable moment of a lifetime! Come aboard our 41 ft. Sailboat, safe and stable for the young. Never crowded with our 15 passenger maximum. Pack a picnic and enjoy up to 2.5 hrs of fun on the Pacific Ocean!

Sharks...Bite Size

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. 

Wildlife Nature Cruise on Lake Cachuma
  • March 06, 2015
  • Times: 10AM-12PM or 2-4PM
  • Location: Lake Cachuma
  • Address: 225 California 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-568-2460

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! 

Saturday Mar 07, 2015


Princess Day/Save the Frogs at the Santa Barbara Zoo
  • March 07, 2015
  • Times: 10AM-3PM
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-5339
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty Rapunzel, and other princesses in person as they help celebrate and honor the world's many and varied frogs and amphibians. There will also be frog-inspired crafts, games and special animal  appearances. 

Cachuma Lake Eagle Cruises

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.

Cachuma Lake Junior Ranger Program
  • March 07, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 12:30-1:30PM
  • Location: Neal Taylor Nature Center
  • Address: 2265 Highway 154, , 93105
  • Phone: 805-688-4515

Kids earn a badge with the help of a Cachuma Lake Naturalist as they learn about wildlife and care about the natural environment. - Meet at the Nature Center. 

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
  • March 07, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10-11:30AM meet at Neal Taylor Lake Nature Center
  • Address: Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-688-4515
  • Venue: Cachuma Lake Recreation Area & Campground

Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists and interpretive guides lead an easy paced ½-mile walk on the Don Wimpress Nature Trail. Large groups are encouraged to call the Park Naturalists in advance.

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