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Pirate Adventures in Long Beach

Do you have a mini matey that loves all things pirates? We’ve got the best playgrounds, events, and swashbuckling fun for the best pirate adventures in Long Beach.

It seems to be a right of passage that kids will eventually go through a pirate phase. Whether they are obsessed with riding Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, playing swords in the backyard or telling pirate jokes (Why can’t pirates learn the alphabet? Because they’re stuck at c/sea), “thar be a pirate phase ahead.”

Pirates are just fun.

Luckily, we live in close proximity to a ton of ways to have pirate fun. From parks with a pirate theme, pirate shops, and even a full-blown Pirate Invasion, you’ll find a wide variety of pirate experiences in Long Beach.

So here’s a list of all the pirate fun in Long Beach for your family to enjoy!

pirate adventures in Long Beach

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Best Kid Date Dessert Spots in Long Beach

Looking for a fun – and tasty! – place to go for a special treat with your kid? Trying to think of where to go on your next kid date in Long Beach? Check out the best dessert spots in Long Beach to take your kids!

My kids’ love language just might be chocolate. Followed by quality time. So when it came to finding ways for us to connect one on one, dessert kid dates in Long Beach were a perfect fit.

And so we began exploring our city looking for the best dessert in Long Beach.

Our kids had a fantastic time helping us do research! We loved realizing how much you can get kids to open up and share over dessert. Whether you’re looking to reconnect with your kids or just have a yummy dessert in Long Beach, we’ve got what you’re looking for.

We’ve enjoyed ice cream and cinnamon rolls, cookies and cupcakes, and are bringing you our favorite spots. Did we miss one of your favorites? Drop it in the comments so we can check it out and add it to our list!

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What Should I Do With My Kids Today in Long Beach?

We’ve all been there- a whole long day stretched ahead of you, and you’re asking yourself, “what should I do with my kids today?” You’re in luck- we have a whole list of things to do with your kids today in Long Beach.

Summer is here, and we try to keep our kids busy. Summer camps, pool days, beach days- all the good stuff.

We also try to sprinkle in plenty of “do nothing” days, letting them get bored, roaming the neighborhood and riding bikes.

But then there are those OTHER days. Where it’s clear that we’ll all be miserable if we stay home, but I have no idea what to do with my kids today.

And that’s where this list comes in.

If you also find yourself asking, “what should I do with my kids today in Long Beach?” you’re in luck- we have a whole list of super fun ways to entertain your kids (and yourself!) close to home.

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Where Do Kids Eat Free in Long Beach?

We love going out to eat with our kids (well, most of the time). But restaurant visits with kids can break the bank! So where do kids eat free in Long Beach? Read on to find out!

Look, most of the times, we really enjoy eating out with our kids.

But there are the other times- you know what I mean- when you would have had just as much fun staying home and setting $75 on fire. It would cost the same, and be just as enjoyable.

Going to restaurants with kids is a total risk, and so we’re always on the hunt to save money at restaurants with our kids.

And that’s how we found this list of places where kids eat free in Long Beach. Check them out and save some money on your next restaurant visit!

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Kid Friendly Restaurants in Long Beach

Looking for a meal out, but need a kid friendly restaurant in Long Beach? No worries- this city has tons of restaurants at all levels that are perfect for taking kids to! Read on for the full list of the best restaurants with kids in Long Beach.

Pre-kids, we LOVED going out to restaurants. Long Beach has so many amazing restaurants to choose from, and we spent lots of time checking out new spots every weekend.

We assumed this tradition would continue once we had our first baby.

And it did….kind of?

We quickly found out that not every restaurant in Long Beach is great for kids. (We’ll save Bungalow Kitchen, 555, and Saint and Second for our date nights!) But we did find a list of good restaurants to take kids to around here.

And we’re sharing it with you!

Read on for a list of the best kid friendly restaurants in Long Beach.

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Free Family Activities in Long Beach

Need some fun family activities that WON’T break the bank? Check out this list of free family activities in Long Beach, complete with both indoor and outdoor activities. If you need something to do on the cheap, this list of free things to do with kids in Long Beach is the best place to start!

Living in Southern California means that we never run out of something to do. Amusement parks, museums, plays and restuarants- there’s fun to be had around every corner.

Unfortunately, most of those super fun activities come with a pretty hefty price tag.

If you need to change it up with some free things to do with kids in Long Beach, you’ve come to the right place!

With our gorgeous weather, fantastic parks, and accessible educational resources, we’ve got you covered when it comes to free family activities in Long Beach and the surrounding areas.

long beach skyline; text: free family fun in long beach

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Things to Do Outside with Kids in Long Beach

Well, it’s been a loooong three years, and it’s still safer to do things outside with kids! And if you’re like us, family walks and bike rides aren’t doing it for us anymore. If you need ideas for things to do outside with kids in Long Beach, check out this list for ways to get outside with your family!

It’s kind of crazy that we’re saying this AGAIN, but in present times, it’s still safer to spend time outside than indoors.

Whether you are getting stir crazy inside, sick of your local park, or just need an idea for a safer meetup with friends and family, we need fresh ideas.

Luckily, we are EXTREMELY fortunate to live in mild-weather Long Beach. There are tons of ways to play outside in Long Beach, even in the winter.

So if you’re looking for fun things to do outside with kids in Long Beach, consider giving some of these ideas a try.

a family hiking outside; text: things to do outside near long beach

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Best Christmas Lights in Long Beach

We may not have snow and the full winter experience, but Long Beach has some amazing holiday lights that is sure to get even the biggest Grinch into the holiday spirit. So grab some cocoa and take your kids to one of these amazing spots to check out some of the best Christmas Lights in Long Beach.

As the holiday’s roll around, we have a ton of family traditions. We bake and decorate cookies. We watch Home Alone. And we always go looking at Christmas lights.

Long Beach has so much to offer for Christmas lights. With tons of walkable neighborhoods and houses well worth the drive, there’s something for everyone. You can even see Christmas lights by boat in Long Beach!

If you’ve been sticking to Christmas lights in your immediate neighborhood, you’re missing out! So if you’re asking yourself “where should I go to see Christmas lights in Long Beach?” We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of our favorite places to look at holiday lights in Long Beach.

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Best Pumpkin Patches in Long Beach

As soon as October hits, it’s time for all things pumpkin. Lucky for us, that means some awesome pumpkin patches in Long Beach. Whether you’re looking for an authentic country pumpkin patch or a more carnival pumpkin patch vibe, we’ve got what you’re looking for.

With birthdays in October and a general love for fall, we are unapologetically #basic. With a PSL in hand, one of our favorite fall traditions is a visit to the pumpkin patch.

While we may live in a big city, pumpkin patches are in no short supply.

Want to do a quick and easy trip to get that perfect carving pumpkin? There’s a patch for that!

Want to have that full fall carnival experience complete with rides, bounce house and petting zoo? There’s a patch for that!

Want to go old school and ride a tractor around a fantastic pumpkin patch and then get lost in a legit corn maze? Yes! There’s even a patch for that!

As certified lovers of all things fall, we’ve checked out every pumpkin patch in Long Beach (and even a few that are a bit of a drive away – but worth it!). Here’s our list of the best pumpkin patches in Long Beach.

The best pumpkin patches in Long Beach

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