Take the Kids
Now that summer is here, more than a few parents have asked, “what should my kids do with their newfound free time?” And while there are countless opportunities for daytrips and adventures throughout southern California, families in Santa Clarita don’t have to travel far for a good time. Whether you are interested in entertainment, history, animals or just going out and having a good time, there’s something for all families to do in Santa Clarita.
The Gentle Barn
The Gentle Barn rescues severely abused and neglected animals, provides them sanctuary, and uses their stories to give hope and inspiration to abused children.
On Sundays, families can come to
visit the horses, cows, goats and more.
The Gentle Barn is also open during the week for private tours and field trips.
gentlebarn.org – (661) 252-2440
15825 Sierra Hwy., Santa Clarita, CA 91390
The MAIN is an excellent place for families to go for a free night of entertainment. The city-owned theatre hosts a wide variety of performances for people of various ages. Events include Note by Note, a night for songwriters to showcase their original songs, and 10 by 10, a variety night where ten entertainers perform an act of their choice for ten minutes.
atthemain.org – (661) 290-2255
24266 Main St., Santa Clarita, CA 91321
City of SCV Skatepark
If you’re looking for a fun place for your
children to go out and play this summer, regardless of their age, the Santa Clarita Skatepark is an excellent choice.
Private birthday parties can be held in the park
on select days from July to October. And for those with younger kids, junior skate time is held on Saturday and Sunday mornings for children under 12.
scskatepark.com – (661) 250-3740
20840 Centre Pointe Pkwy.,
Santa Clarita, CA 91387
The goal of Animal Tracks is to provide a safe, enjoyable home for animals that can’t be returned to the wild, and to educate the public about them. A number of exotic animals have found a home at Animal Tracks, including a baboon, kangaroo, alligator, emu and more. These animals can be seen up close by children five years and older through a guided tour.
For children interested in learning about and interacting with marine life, the Newhall Aquarium is an excellent place to visit. The non-profit aquarium is home to numerous sea creatures, such as stingrays, small sharks, and moray eels. The aquarium is open on weekend afternoons, and offers private group tours on weekdays.
24631 Arch St., Santa Clarita, CA 91321
William S. Hart Regional Park
A cowboy movie star during the silent film era, Willian S. Hart donated his vast 265-acre ranch for the enjoyment of
the public. The park features plenty of room for children to play, farm animals, a herd of bison, and Hart’s home, which has been converted into a museum. The museum is an excellent place to teach children about the silent film era,
Native Americans and the Wild West.
hartmuseum.org (661) 254-4584
24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall, CA 91321