Kids Have Fun in Carpinteria

Treat your children to an electric Seaside Shuttle ride around town. It’s inexpensive and adds lots of fun! Rincon Cycles (Carpinteria Ave) 684-9466 rents bikes of all types. Once you have the lay of the land, check out Carpinteria’s “World’s Safest Beach” because it’s wide, clean and perfect for families with kids.

Kid Activities

Children love to investigate the tide pools along the shoreline and the flora and fauna along the trail through the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park. Visit the Carpinteria Museum of History (on Maple Ave) to find out how and why Carpinteria was settled many years ago. Then spend time to purchase a great ‘take home’ book or gift or attend an event at the Curious Cup Bookstore (on Santa Claus Lane) or Ohana Fun Co. on the corner of Carpinteria and Palm Ave. For kids & adults visit Curtis Studio of Dance (9th St) for dance lessons.

A trip to the Harbor Seal Preserve Rookery, between December and May, is a great adventure, where kids can check out the new seal pups and their parents in the wild. Stop for an “All-American Surf Dog” at the stand near the rookery….yum! For dessert….visit Crushcakes & Café (on Carpinteria Ave) and stop at Robitaille’s Fine Candies (on Linden Ave), which is a ‘don’t miss’ opportunity to see how candies are made.

Kid Activities

Carpinteria Community Pool (corner of Carpinteria & Palm Aves) offers open swim hours for kids and parents. Reserve a City public tennis court (566-2417) or learn to kayak or surf at the Carpinteria Boathouse(684-7613) or email oceanrec@yahoo.com . The Plaza Playhouse Theatre (on Carpinteria Ave) offers plays, movies and events for the whole family.

Carp Sports (on Casitas Pass Rd.) offers a wide variety of camping and sporting goods for kids & adults and Ark Pet & Supply (on Casitas Pass Rd.) and Lemo's Feed & Pet Supply have everything you need for your pets.

In addition to the new Tomol Interpretative Play Area (on Linden Ave @ State Park), there are many great Carpinteria parks created for picnics, walking, hiking, rock climbing, or relaxing.   And…the Santa Barbara Zoo is just up the road.