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We lived in California a few years (almost 4) and loved it there. There was a lot to do. We were stationed at March AFB, CA. Alas, I was pregnant and in the Air Force the first year and got out when I had the baby (worked out I had the baby and came back for only ONE last day after my maternity leave ended...just so happened to correspond exactly with my end of enlistment!). Anyway, my favorite thing there was the Swap meets on the weekends and going to the park with the kids. We did get so see a lot of stuff there too like the San Diego and LA Zoos (when you have kids, that's what you do).
We went to Knott's Berry Farm because it was close to Disney and less crowded and we heard it was even great for the little ones. Over the years it's grown. It has roller coasters, a month long Halloween event, they have some performers scheduled there, and the crowds are less thick than Busch Gardens and Disney. I think it's slightly less money as well. See official site for details on prices as well as hours and days of operation. It's called Knott's Berry Farm because it actually was once a Berry Farm owned by the Knott's. Makes sense... you can still buy jams etc there and country goods in the gift shops. The theme of this park is mostly the Old West; Indians, etc. It has rides for all ages. Characters roam the park but not Disney or Looney Tunes; other great ones like Peanuts.
Left to right: 1) Jason and mom with backdrop 2) Sitting on a bench with permanent cowboys 3) One a kids ride 4) Jason with Tortoises 5) A mud hut
Above: Dad and Jason on a kids ride
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