Candytopia (Seasonal)-Santa Monica

Candytopia-Santa Monica

What: Candytopia (Seasonal)

Where: Santa Monica

For: All Ages

Yesterday, Ethan and I took the kids to Candytopia, the seasonal candy museum in Santa Monica Place.  The kids felt like they were in Willy Wonka’s factory.  After a quick introduction, guests are led into a large room where they are explained the rules.  You can look and touch, just don’t eat the candy!  The kids had the time of their lives.



Without giving away the specifics of the rooms (just see the pictures!), all rooms included a themed combination of animals, artwork and sculptures made out of candy.

A huge plus was that every room had free candy!  We thought that the kids would get hyped up on sugar, but there was so much to do that they only ate two pieces of candy the entire time.

Unanimously, our favorite place was the marshmallow pool.  There are small marshmallow-like foam pieces that the kids are allowed to toss around and swim in.   Marshmallows also fall out of a large bucket-device down onto the kids.  They were so happy after their visit to Candytopia that they couldn’t stop talking about it the entire day.

For the parents and bloggers alike, the Instagram-worthy photo opportunities are worth the price alone.  I took so many pictures and boomerang photos (@la-staycation) for memories.  If you enter your e-mail address before you go into Candytopia then you can get aerial pictures e-mailed to you after your visit.

The staff had so much energy and was helpful in throwing confetti and setting up the aerial photos.  I left with a purse full of candy.  The kids asked if we could come back every day.  Make sure to check the website for dates of operation in your city.

The Crowd

The crowd is mostly young children with their families (and bloggers looking for some photos).  There was never a dull moment for any of us.

Although it was crowded in the beginning, since you can take your time through the museum, we hung back to spend as much time as possible in each room.  One thing to keep in mind for the smaller guests is that there are no restrooms available inside Candytopia.


Adult admission is $30 per person with kids ages 4-12 costing $23.  Ages 1-3 are free.  All tickets must be purchased online in advanced and scanned from a printed document or from a mobile device.

Candytopia Information

395 Broadway Space 142, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(888) 718-4253

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Madame Tussauds-Hollywood

Madame Tussauds-Hollywood

What: Madame Tussauds

Ready to go with Cameron Diaz.

Where: Hollywood

For: All Ages

Ethan and I visited Madame Tussauds in Hollywood to see the realistic celebrity wax figures.  Since Madame Tussaud opened her first wax museum over 200 years ago, her museums have been iconic for the most realistic wax figures of celebrities in existence.

Smiling with the Legend Betty White.

The Museum

To get to Madame Tussauds, you can park in the structure on Hollywood and Highland (remember to get validation).  Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the celebrity hand and footprints are located right outside the entrance of the museum.

Laughing it up with Conan O’Brien.

Upon entering the museum, guests are instructed that they can take as many pictures and videos as you want.  You are allowed to touch the figures, but you are not allowed to touch the figures’ faces.  There are prop stations in different rooms that let you dress up for photo opportunities.  There are also seating and standing areas to help you get the best Instagram-worthy shot.

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates with Tom Hanks.

There are various themed rooms with superb wax characters.  The rooms contain celebrities corresponding to the themes, including: Spirit of Hollywood, Modern Classics, Making Movies, Pop Icons, A-List Party and Country Western.  What was surprising to Ethan and me was how short some of the celebrities were!

Fighting Crime with Spiderman.

There is a Virtual Room experience (ages 12+) where you can play video games with your friends to accomplish missions with VR for an additional price.  You can play with two, three or four people.  A Marvel Superhero’s -D experience allows for you to immerse yourself into the Marvel Universe.  At the Behind the Scenes area you can see exactly how the wax figures are made and even take home a wax mold of your hands (for an additional cost).

Honorary T-Bird with John Travolta.

The Crowd

The crowd was made of mostly older kids and adults.  We were able to walk straight into the museum and take pictures with the figures without an issue.  It took about an hour for us to go through the entire museum, but I would anticipate that if each figure and plaque was looked at then it would take an hour and a half to two hours to make your way through the entire museum.

Lining up putts with Tiger Woods.


You can save 35% by purchasing tickets online or on Groupon.  For talk-up tickets, pricing is $30.95 for standard admission (ages 13+).  Check Madame Tussauds website for pricing for additional activities and hours of operation.

Skating with Tony Hawk.

Bonus picture: Me fighting bad guys with Bruce Lee.  Note the nun chucks, flying kick and angry face.

Madame Tussauds Information

6933 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

(323) 798-1678

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The Getty-LosAngeles

The Getty Center-Los Angeles

What: The Getty Center

Where: Los Angeles

For: All Ages

We decided to spend the better part of one of our staycations going to the Getty Center Museum and enjoying at all the famous artwork that was on display.  Not only does it allow its guests to experience world culture and history, but some of the exhibits are to be visited for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Getting There

Signs along the freeway and side streets lead you towards the Getty Center.  After you pay for parking, you are led to a shuttle that comes about every 5-10 minutes.  The shuttle is free and carries guests up a large hill to the entrance of the Getty Center.  Gorgeous views of the LA skyline can be seen from the shuttle.  The entrance is up a large set of steps, so expect to walk a lot during your visit.  There is no fee for admission into the Getty Center.

The Getty

Maps are provided upon entering the Getty Center.  Exhibits vary seasonally and by availability from other museums.  Famous paintings line the walls of rooms separated by century and theme.  You are allowed to take pictures inside the museum as long as you abide by the posted rules.  Tour guides are available for guests who would like more information on the artwork.  This is definitely a place that we will take the kids when they are older and able to enjoy and appreciate the artwork.

Outside the Getty

There is a central garden that contains a tree-lined walkway and contains beautiful sculptures.  A ravine leads you down a walkway to the garden.  Beautifully colorful flowers and plants are all around the gardens.  Many families were here having picnics with their families.  The view of Los Angeles is beautiful, and it’s wonderful to see how many guests were enjoying the summer sun in this picturesque venue.

The Crowd

We observed people of all ages here.  Families with young children played in the gardens.  There are some exhibits that are child friendly.  However, as with most museums, many of the rooms are quiet.  This could be hard for families with young children who want to talk and play.  The sculptures in the gardens are fun pieces of art to look at with kids while having a picnic.


Parking is $15 all day and $10 after 3:00pm.  Entrance into the Getty Center is free.  The Restaurant serves lunch ($20-$35), dinner ($25-$35) and brunch ($20-$30) and accepts reservations online.  There is also a Café available with dishes ranging from $10 to $15.  The Garden Terrace Café is a smaller outdoor café that offers food and snacks overlooking the central garden, and Coffee Carts offer coffee, tea and snacks for guests in the museum courtyard and the plaza.  The Getty Store contains souvenirs of your trip to the museum (there is a Children’s Shop in the West Pavilion and a Main Store in the Museum Entrance Hall).

The Getty Center Information

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

(310) 440-7300

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Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA (Seasonal)

Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA (Seasonal)

What: Museum of Ice Cream

Where: DTLA

For: All Ages

Ethan and I went to this Instagram-worthy museum last year.  It’s a pop-up museum that makes its way around New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Last year, they extended their dates into Los Angeles so that more guests can come enjoy the experience.  I had to jump on the website the minute ticket sales were opened to the public, and even then there was limited space available.  Next time it’s in LA, I highly suggest that families check it out for the pure joy of unlimited ice cream themed rooms.

Sprinkle Pool

Getting In

The Museum of Ice Cream is by reservation only.  This means that if you walk up, you’ll unfortunately be turned away.  In Los Angeles, there was a waiting area next to the (bright pink!) Museum.  The waiting area contained benches and ice-cream themed yard games.  There was also Top 40 music playing.  It felt as if we were at a yard party.  When your reservation time comes up, there is a tour guide that leads you to the front of the museum to give you the rules about the museum and lets guests in groups of about 20.

The Museum

Without giving too much away about the museum, let’s just say it’s a photographer’s dream. Bright colors line the themed walls that have different types of ice cream.  Every room had attendants that gave out different flavors of ice cream (and candy!).

My favorite was the sprinkle pool!  Although the sprinkles were made out of plastic, it was so fun to jump into the pool.  Fair warning: we were finding sprinkles over a week after we visited the Museum of Ice Cream.  Although we went the first time as a couple, I am definitely taking the kids with us next time the Museum is in Los Angeles.

The Crowd

Surprisingly, everyone that came here dressed up.  I can only guess that it’s for the Instagram photos.  The girls looked like they came from an Instagram Model convention.  The kids were the cutest to watch.  They were overwhelmed with the amount of ice cream they were given (can anyone say sugar high?!) and ice-cream themed rooms that they walked through.


I didn’t look for any coupons for the Museum of Ice Cream because I knew how quickly it sold out.  We weren’t able to get in during the original dates, so I set a timer on my phone to buy tickets as soon as they went on sale.  Tickets for two people were $62.50.  Although it’s a little on the pricey side, I think the experience was worth it.  At the end of the museum there is a little gift shop.  Also, private tastings are available for a much higher fee.

Museum of Ice Cream Information

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