Things To Do in San Luis Obispo (SLO)

Family-Friendly Events in SLO County

(Note: Please check with direct organizer for any last minute changes and cancellations, before attending.)

Upcoming 2023 Events

March 24 - 26, 2023 (Fri - Sun) - Mid-State Fair Spring Market at Paso Robles Event Center for 3 days. Free admission and parking. Outdoor marketing features local crafters and artisans selling handmade and unique items. Find jewelry, apparel, fashion accessories, home décor, health and beauty products, art, antiques, handmade eats, used items and more. Hours are Friday: Noon - 5PM, Saturday: 10AM - 5PM, Sunday: 10AM - 5PM. Address for Parking: 2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, CA. Parking is in Lot C off Gregory Avenue and the Fair’s parking lots off Riverside Avenue

March 25, 2023 (Sat) - Donation Drive at Grover Beach Elementary from 9AM - 3PM. Event open to community. Donate your old clothing or household items and get a free raffle ticket. Enjoy a tasty BBQ lunch and hang out for some fun and games including a raffle for prizes! All the excitement will be on the blacktop by the playground. If you just want to donate and run, that's ok too - pull up along the school on Longbranch Ave and look for the drop-off signs or the big Goodwill donation truck.

Donation Drive Schedule of Events: 
BBQ Lunch: (11AM-2PM) We will be selling BBQ lunches. Hotdogs, chips and a drink for $5, or a hamburger, chips, and a drink for $10. All lunches come with a free raffle ticket!

Fun and Games: (11AM-2PM) Lots of different games & activities, some where you can even win prizes! Face Painting, Cake Walk, Bubbles, Music, Cornhole, Giant Connect Four, soccer games and much more.

Raffles and Prizes: (1:00PM) Raffle tickets are available by donations of $1 for 1, $5 for 6, $15 for 20, and $20 for 30 tickets. You can also get a free ticket with your goodwill donation or any lunch purchase. Must be present to win. All prizes donated by local businesses and individuals to help support the school. Find a list of items that you can donate and not donate in the flyer image posted hereAddress: 365 10th St., Grover Beach, CA 93433 (The truck will be on the Longbranch side of the school.)

March 25, 2023 (Sat) - Spring Market at American Legion Hall in Templeton from 10AM - 3PM. Free entry. Meet the Easter Bunny. Family-friendly shopping among local vendors. Fun activities for the kiddos! Free parking. Kids Crafts led by Camp Natoma Staff! BBQ tri-tip sandwiches with chips & a drink sold by Templeton 4-H Club!  Address: 805 S. Main St., Templeton, CA 93465

March 28 - April 11, 2023 (3 Tuesdays) - Parenting my 13 - 15 year old online class from 6PM to 7:30PM by Parent Connection of San LUIS OBISPO County. Register online

March 30 - April 13, 2023 (3 Thursdays) - Parenting my 16 - 18 year old online class from 6PM - 7:30PM by Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County. Register Online.

March 31, 2023 (Fri) - Creston City Limits Concert Series at 6PM. Free admittance. Outside venue and bring your own seating. Address: 6223 Webster Rd., in Creston, CA 93432

April 1, 2023 (Sat) - Easter Carnival at Nipomo Community Presbyterian Church from 11AM - 2PM. Activities include: Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, cake walk, bounce house, pizza trolley (for purchase), games and more! Egg hunt schedule: 11am: ages 2 & under, 11:40am: ages 3-4, 12:10pm: ages 5-7 and 12:40pm: ages 8-12. Address: 1235 N Thompson Ave., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

April 1, 2023 (Sat) - Kids Day 2023 and Egg Hunt at Nipomo Community Park from 11AM - 2PM. Free Easter egg hunt by age. Heavy rain cancels. Bring your own basket and leave pets at home. Inflatables, magic show, and more. Address: 904 W Tefft St, Nipomo, CA 93444

April 2, 2023 (Sun) - Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt by MAEVE SLO County North at Colony Park from 3:30PM - 5PM. Looking to connect with other families? Come out and join us at for the second annual MAEVE SLO County North Spring Fling! Entry cost is $5 per family and it includes Easter egg hunt, games, diaper dash and photos with the Easter bunny. Event is requesting RSVP to ensure they have enough eggs. Address: 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero, CA 93422

April 6, 2023 (Thurs) - Bunny Trail at the Farmers' Market in Downtown San Luis Obispo between 6PM - 8PM. Free family-friendly event. Collect treats from downtown businesses and meet Downtown Bunny. Free treat bags and trail maps will be available at the check-in booth at the corner of Chorro & Higuera. Address for GPS: Chorro St & Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

April 8, 2023 (Sat) - Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt at Spyglass Park from 10AM - Noon. Egg hunt starts at 10:30AM and hot dogs and bbq start at 11AM. More details about Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt. Address:  Spyglass Dr, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

April 8, 2023 (Sat) - Egg Hunt & Festival at Elm Street Park in Arroyo Grande. Free Bunny Hop Races & Egg Toss Competition. Free Easter egg hunt for all ages by age groups: 10AM for Ages: 2 and under, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 10:35AM for Ages: 7 -9 & 10 - 13 and 11:15AM for Ages: 14 - 17 and Adults. Free BBQ Hot Hot Dogs while supplies last. Address: 1221 Ash St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

April 8, 2023 (Sat) - Children's Day in the Plaza in Downtown San Luis Obispo in Mission Plaza from 10AM - 3PM. Free entry event. The event aims to connect children and families with resources throughout SLO County while embracing creativity, diversity, and individuality. Address: 989 Chorro Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

April 8, 2023 (Sat) - Egg-stravaganza at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach from 10AM - 1PM. Free event. Bounce houses, games, crafts and more. Egg hunt times: 10:10AM for Ages 3 years old and under, 10:40AM Ages 4 - 6 years old, 11:10AM for Ages 7 - 9 years old and 11:40AM for Ages 10 - 12 years old. See pictures that I took of Dinosaur Caves Park. Address: 2701 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

April 8, 2023 (Sat) - Spring Fling at Meadow Park in San Luis Obispo from 11AM - 1PM for ages 0 - 10 years old. FreeHippity Hoppity! It’s a family fun event with activities for all, including an egg hunt for young children, live music, interactive booths and a vendor fair for all. Address: 2333 Meadow St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

April 9, 2023 (Sun) - Happy Easter Day! See a list of Easter Brunches throughout San Luis Obispo County. Read about my staycations in San  Luis Obispo County and romantic dates in SLO on our blog section.

Staycation Experiences Around San Luis Obispo County:

April 14, 2023 (Fri) - Creston City Limits Concert Series at 6PM. Free admittance. Outside venue and bring your own seating. Address: 6223 Webster Rd., in Creston, CA 93432

April 15, 2023 (Sat) - Naturefest at Dana Adobe & Cultural Center in Nipomo from 10AM - 4PM. Admission is $10 per adult, $3 for ages: 6 years old - 17 years old and free for ages: 5 years old and under. Music, adobe tours, nature exhibits, local food and artisan vendors, Pacific Wildlife Presentations and hands on activities. Address: 671 S. Oakglen Ave., Nipomo, CA 93444

April 25 - May 30, 2023 (Every Tuesday) - Parenting My 0 - 5 Year Old Child online class from 6PM - 7:30PM by Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County. Register Online.

April 28, 2023 (Fri) - Arbor Day Celebration at 16TH Street Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 5PM. Celebrate the importance of trees in the community. Activities for ages 5 through 12 years old. Address: Address: 16th Street & Mentone Avenue, Grover Beach, CA 93433

April 28 - 30, 2023 (Fri - Sat) - Morro Bay Kite Festival in Morro Bay. Free event. From Friday, April 28th through Sunday, April 30th, Discover one of the most fun FREE events on the Central Coast at the Morro Bay Kite Festival! Hosted on the beach just north of Morro Rock find kites of every size and color soaring in the abundant wind. It's a family event for all ages and lifestyles.Free parking closest to the Kite Festival is available at the Rock parking lot, The parking lot north of the Coast Guard Station, and parking lot by the Maritime Museum. All other parking on the Embarcadero is free. See my pictures of Morro Bay. Address for GPS: 1275 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442

Through April 2023 - Field of Lights in Sensorio (famous art light installations) in Paso Robles is open for weekends. Weather permitting only as it's all outdoors. See my videos and photos that I took at Sensorio.

May 6, 2023 (Sat) - Tamale Festival in Atascadero from 11AM - 7PM. Nearly 30 tamale vendors for purchase, entertainment, pet costume contest, tamale eating contest, photo opportunities and fireworks. Address: Downtown Atascadero & Sunken Gardens.

May 12, 2023 (Fri) - Creston City Limits Concert Series at 6PM. Free admittance. Outside venue and bring your own seating. Address: 6223 Webster Rd., in Creston, CA 93432

May 12, 2023 (Fri) - Mother & Son Luau in Grover Beach from 6PM - 8PM. Enjoy drinks, dinner by Ribline, DJ and Photo Booth. Space is limited to 50 couples. Register with City of Grover Beach. The flyer says it is at Ramona Garden Park but their link says it's at Grover Beach Community Center. You'll have to check with the City of Grover Beach to clarify exactly where the right location is. Flyer. $59 per couple and $25 for each additional son. Address: 1230 Trouville Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

May 14, 2023 (Sun) - Happy Mother's Day! 
Mother Son Dance San Luis Obispo (SLO) County
(picture of my 2 sons playing a game at a Mother & Son Dance)
I've been to 3 different Mother & Son dances. Read my Pros and Cons Table on my thoughts on Mother & Son dances if you're on the fence about attending one:

May 14, 2023 (Sun) - Mother's Day Tea Party at Heritage House in Arroyo Grande from 1:30PM - 4PM. $30 for a couple and $10 for an additional guest in your party. Wide selection of tea, lemonade, tea sandwiches, scones and desserts will be served. Register at City of Arroyo Grande's website. Address: 201 Nelson St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

May 14, 2023 (Sun) - Mother's Day Concert at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach. See pictures that I took at Dinosaur Caves Park. Address: 2701 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

May 20, 2023 (Sat) - Active Duty Armed Forces Day at Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero from 10AM - 5PM. All Active Duty Armed Forces men, women, and their immediate families (spouses and children) receive free admission to the Zoo. Bring your valid military ID to enjoy a visit to the only Zoo on the Central Coast. Address: 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422

June - August 2023 - Grover Beach Summer Concert Series at Ramona Park in Grover Beach on Sundays from 3PM - 6PM. Free music entertainment. Bring money to buy food. Address: 993 Ramona Park, Grover Beach, CA 93433

June 16, 2023 (Fri) - Creston City Limits Concert Series at 6PM. Free admittance. Outside venue and bring your own seating. Address: 6223 Webster Rd., in Creston, CA 93432

July 14, 2023 (Fri) - Creston City Limits Concert Series at 6PM. Free admittance. Outside venue and bring your own seating. Address: 6223 Webster Rd., in Creston, CA 93432

August 11, 2023 (Fri) - Creston City Limits Concert Series at 6PM. Free admittance. Outside venue and bring your own seating. Address: 6223 Webster Rd., in Creston, CA 93432

October 21 - 22, 2023 - 77th Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival. Free admission. Every year, Pismo Beach Clam Festival attracts generations of families and visitors. Address for GPS: 100 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

October 28, 2023 - Pumpkins in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach from 10AM - 1PM. Free event. Children ages 12 and under can participate in pumpkin decorating, games, crafts, bounce houses and more. Costume contest starts at 11:30AM. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Please leave pets at home. Address: 2701 Price St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

November 4 - 5, 2023 - Paso Robles Art in the Park. 140 Artists from 4 different states. Free admission. Saturday hours: 10AM - 5PM and Sunday hours: 10AM - 4PM. Address: 1100 Spring St., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Ongoing - Every 2nd Saturday of every month, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art has a free monthly family art activity for kids from 11AM - 1PM. Free and open to the public. Address: The lawn outside SLOMA’s Mission Plaza double doors - 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Free Things To Do in SLO

Monarch Butterfly Grove

You'll find Monarch butterflies around here seasonally from late October - February (sometimes longer) but this state park is always open and free with occasional special events! The grove is located between Grover Beach and Pismo Beach and you park off the road. There are no designated parking areas. Once you walk around the grove, if you are up for it, you can actually head to the beach continuing on the trail towards the back! The trail heading towards the south side is beautiful. See pictures and blog of the Monarch Butterfly Grove and the Meadow Trail that connects to it. Address: 400 S Dolliver St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Bubblegum Alley

Bubble Gum Alley in Downtown San Luis Obispo is always free to explore! The walls are filled with bubble gum and you are welcome to add to the collection. Address: 733 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Avila-Pismo Beach Trolley

This FREE trolley service connects you from the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets all the way to Port San Luis via Avila Beach, Avila Valley (Avila Barn, Bob Jones Bike Trail, Avila Hot Springs Resort, and KOA campground) and various resort hotels in Shell Beach and Pismo Beach. Connections from the trolley are available at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets for SCT (Route 21 and Route 24) and RTA (Route 10). The trolley runs in 3 seasons with varying schedules. Regular schedule runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday. to see more info, go to the Avila-Pismo Beach Trolley website.

Elephant Seals in San Simeon

Come see the elephant seals in their natural habitat in San Simeon! Also part of SLO County and located close to Hearst Castle, any visitor can park near designated parking areas near the beach to see the elephant seals. Of course there's no admission because you're viewing them in their natural home. Amazingly, you can get close to them without them being bothered by it (but not too close!) and they seem to be so used to human visitors. There's a boardwalk and viewing area. Address: 250 San Simeon Ave, San Simeon, CA 93452. See more elephant seal pictures and a full review of San Simeon.

Playgrounds for Kids in SLO County

Mitchell Park

Located in downtown San Luis Obispo is Mitchell Park with a large playground, picnic tables and public restrooms. Address: 1400 Osos St, San Luis Obispo, CA 9340

Meadow Park
Not too far from the famous Madonna Inn hotel is a park with a playground and a trail called Meadow Park. With a lot of green grass area, families can come here and enjoy a picnic on a nice day out. Address: 2333 Meadow St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Dinosaurs Caves Park
Located in Pismo Beach is the beautiful Dinosaurs Cave Park with a playground. Right on the edge of the park are the cliffs with amazing views of the ocean! You can't miss a visit here. Like with any public parks, it is free to come here and the views are world class. To see more pictures of Dinosaurs Caves Park and the cliff view there, go to: this blog entry: Dinosaur Caves Park Cliff pictures. Address: 2701 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Spyglass Park
Spyglass Park (see my Instagram video reef of the breathtaking ocean view at Spyglass Park) is right by the bluffs too but smaller than Dinosaur Cave Park. Surrounded by homes, this park is a bit more private with a smaller parking lot and playground but still open to the public with a restroom. You'll find owners walking their pets here and people sitting on one of the benches and taking in the beautiful ocean view. See videos and more pictures of the ocean that I've taken at Spyglass Park. Address: Spyglass Dr, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Avila Beach Park
With a pirate theme, right by the beach and close to shopping, tourists with kids and local families come here for swings, slides and sand fun! See pictures of the Avila Beach Pier and the Avila Beach. Address: 50 San Juan St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

Chumash Park 
Located in Pismo Beach is Chumash Park that has a large playground with a soft ground. There's also a basketball court, trail and clean private bathrooms. Address: 156 Ventana Dr., Pismo Beach, CA 93401

Del Mar Park
Del Mar Park is a lush nine-acre park featuring an outdoor basketball court, amphitheater, roller hockey rink, children’s play area, horseshoe pits, and two great barbecue and picnic areas.  Address: Island Street & Panorama Drive, Morro Bay, CA, 93442

Hero Park

Hero Park is located in Grover Beach/Arroyo Grande area and has a playground for the smaller kids. It's located in a quiet residential area. Address: 1600 Farroll Rd, Grover Beach, CA 93433

Atascadero Lake Park

Located in Atascadero and next to the Charles Paddock Zoo is a large green park with a playground and a nice lake. The playground makes it very convenient for the kids after the zoo. They don't sell food at the zoo so you can bring a picnic here at this park (right outside the zoo) and enjoy a little a break. Address for GPS: 9100 Morro Rd, Atascadero, CA 93422

City of Arroyo Grande Parks & Recreation Park

Also known as Elm Street Dog Park, it has both a playground and dog park. There is also a Park & Recreation building there that has preschools and special programs for kids. Address:1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Rancho Grande Playground and Park in Arroyo Grande

Rancho Grande Park is one of the bigger parks in San Luis Obispo county that is very kid-friendly. Address: 500 James Way, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Oceano Playground Park
This large playground is only 2 blocks from Oceano Beach with a lot of green grass area! Address: 1330 Dewey Dr, Oceano, CA 93445

Popular Beaches to Explore in San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County is lucky to have beautiful and many kid-friendly beaches including: Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Grover Beach and Pismo Beach. Here are a few suggested activities to do by beach.

Avila Beach

One of the best well-kept beaches, this beach town covers the bases for wine enthusiasts and families. They have swings right on the sand of the beach, a small pier, a full playground nearby and many restaurants along the beach. During the spring (mid-April) through summer months, they have a seasonal Avila beach farmer's market on Fridays from 4pm - 8pm. You can also take advantage of their free beach trolley during these busy months from Pismo Beach Outlets to many stops at Avila Beach, including First Street, near the farmers market. See pictures of the Avila Beach farmer's market and Avila Beach pier.

Avila Valley Barn
Free to park and free to visit the barn animals here!
Read more details about Avila Valley Barn! Address of Avila Valley Barn: 560 Avila Beach Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

San Luis (SLO) Lighthouse
Go visit the Point San Luis (SLO) Lighthouse located on Avila Beach. This lighthouse is owned by Diablo Canyon Power Plant and runs tours on Wednesday and Saturdays year round for different times. There are more tour times during busy seasons. Costs are different for adults and children. Proceeds go towards their restoration efforts. Address: 1 Lighthouse Rd, Avila Beach, CA 93424
This aquarium is very, very small so if you're on a budget, I would consider skipping this one. However, it's right by the playground in Avila Beach so it is tempting to visit. Prices for admission is different for adults and children, and free for children 2 and under. If you have an EBT card, the admission price is significantly less. They have seasonal camps for kids throughout the year. See a list of summer camps for kids throughout San Luis Obispo County.

To see more pictures of Central Coast Aquarium taken by, click here.
Address: 50 San Juan St., Avila Beach, CA93424

Avila Beach PIER
You can find whales coming through here which makes Avila Beach so special. The Whale Trail sign is located at the entrance to Avila Beach Pier just off Front Street, adjacent to unique shops, tasting rooms, charming boutique hotels, vacation rentals and restaurants. The sign is still accessible for all to enjoy although the majority of the Avila Beach Pier is currently closed for repairs.
Address: Pier 3 Port San Luis, Avila Beach, CA 93424

Additionally, you can go on another pier at Avila Beach that is further down from the main road called Port San Luis Pier. This pier is my favorite of all the piers at Avila Beach.

Pismo Beach

The most famous SLO beach is Pismo Beach and attracts the majority of the tourists who come to this area. Come to the Pismo Beach Pier to take in some beautiful ocean views. 

With clean beaches, a lot of shops and restaurants, many tourists, local families and surfers come to Pismo Beach for a nice day out. The boardwalk is also a nice stroll along the beach in Pismo Beach.

Oceano Dunes, part of Pismo State Beach, is only 3 miles south of Pismo Beach

HotShots Billiards & Family Entertainment at Pismo Beach
Don't let the word Billiards throw you off from coming here with your kids! They have a lot of arcade games in the back with some centered on little ones! You can buy food or draft beer while the kids have some fun. 

It's very close to the Pismo Beach Pier. You can park in the beach parking lot there and walk here. We came here with the little ones around 8pm and it is still family-friendly. 
There is never an admission fee to enter the game area. Bring your quarters. Otherwise, bring cash to dispense some quarters here. Addre
ss: 250 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Grover Beach

As the smallest San Luis Obispo beach in South County of SLO County, Grover Beach is a local quaint beach area. Grover Beach is right in between Oceano and Pismo Beach and part of Pismo State Beach. The town is inviting with a lot of restaurant options. 

Grover Beach and Sand Dunes Beach Entry
There is entry to the beach from Grover Beach via Grand Ave. Limited vehicles are allowed to park pass the check point or toll road because this is where you can enter your 4x4, ATVs and trucks and cars on the beach!

If you are planning on spending a long time at the beach here, walk to this entry point by parking down the intersection where there is public parking available, behind Fin's Restaurant. See more beach pictures of Grover Beach taken by

Grover Beach Playground on 16th Street
About 16 blocks from the ocean is a residential playground that is open to the public in Grover Beach! With soft grounds, swings, slides and picnic tables, kids can roam freely with a lot of grass area. This is a great neighborhood park and there are also ADA-friendly swings. Address: S 16th Street & Mentone Avenue, Grover Beach, CA 93433


Located in the Northern part of San Luis Obispo County, this small beach town has a pier and a playground on the sand of the beach all centrally located side by side. There are many restaurants for you to dine at and the vibe is very relaxing. This town neighbors Cambria, another beautiful beach town in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County. 

Morro Bay

As one of the more popular places to visit for visitors and tourists traveling in San Luis Obispo County, Morro Bay also has a lot of activities family can enjoy. With trails, surreys and kayaks for rent, many tourists come here to enjoy some outdoor activity as well as some water fun.

Check out the weekly farmer's market here as well. Link to Morro Bay's SLO farmer's market info and other markets in SLO.

Morro Rock
An idyllic backdrop for Morro Bay, Morro Rock is the last of the (Nine Sisters)  extinct volcanic peaks along Highway 1 from San Luis Obispo. This 576' tall landmark stands at the mouth of our harbor and is home to nesting Peregrine Falcons. The Morro Rock is huge.

You can't miss it and this volcanic plug attracts many tourists. There is a beachside right by the rock too and a trail that you can walk around alongside.

Always free. See more photos of Morro Rock. GPS Address: 1300 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA, 93442

Sea Otters
See the Sea Otters for free right at the T-Pier on the bay! It's of course free to see them because this is their natural habitat! You'll see baby sea otters on the mommies. It's a cute sight to see and worth the drive coming here.

Morro Bay Trolley
Only operating seasonally and links the North Main Street and Downtown Business Districts, Embarcadero, and State Parks. Cost is only $1 per ride. Children under 5 ride free. They may have discontinued this, post-pandemic.

Paso Robles

Paso Robles, California is famous for their wineries and is located in the North County part of San Luis Obispo county. From award wining wines from dozens of wineries all over Paso Robles, it is a haven for wine enthusiasts. There are also a lot of kid-friendly things to do in this special town. Read about wineries that we've visited in Paso Robles.

They also have a nice downtown area with cool shops and delicious restaurants lined up for you to explore.

Paso Robles Children's Museum

The Paso Robles Children's Museum is a two story museum located in the downtown area of Paso Robles. It may be a bit intimidating for the smaller toddlers but it's still a great place for the kids if you're nearby. See more pictures of our visits at Paso Robles Children's Museum in this blog post. It is much smaller than the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum only open a few days out of the week, depending on their staff coverage for the season. Address: 623 13th St,Paso Robles, California 9344

The Ravine Waterpark (only open during summer season)
Open only during the hot summer months, The Ravine Waterpark is a great size for the family. Parking is free so you only pay for admission. On really busy days, the parking lot can get full so come early. You can also rent cabanas here. See hotels closest to The Ravine Waterpark in Paso Robles. See a list of hotels close to Ravine Waterpark in Paso Robles.

They offer active-duty military discount with valid military ID. Address: 2301 Airport Rd., Paso Robles, California 93446

California Mid-State Fair
Only 12 days during July, the California Mid-State Fair takes place at Paso Robles Event Center. Many famous singers come and perform!
With carnival rides, hundreds of vendors and great eats, it's fun for the whole family. Address: 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Sensorio Field of Lights

At night, there is a famous light art display  in Paso Robles that you can visit by buying tickets called Sensorio Field of Lights. It's great for families, romantic dates and tourists . See pictures that I've taken at Sensorio in Paso Robles. Sensorio Address: 4380 Highway 46 East Paso Robles, CA 93446

Check out the blog section to read about our most recent visit or activity in SLO County. 

Free Story Time 

Story times are great for little ones to get a chance to listen to stories with other little ones as well. They are always free at libraries and book stores like Barnes & Noble.

San Luis Obispo County Library Story Times

Story times at the public libraries are always free and great for the kids. They are usually located in the kid's section that has toys and computers for the kids to use. To see all story times at libraries all over the San Luis Obispo county area, go to the library story time page. They are always free.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore Story Times

In the past, Barnes & Noble usually hosted a free story time for children in the Children's area but after the pandemic, they have paused the program. There is a kids' area located on the second floor so take the steps or elevator up! They also sell toys at this level too. Address: 894 Marsh St Bldg G, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 

SLO Farmers Markets (ongoing weekly as weather permits)

San Luis Obispo Farmers Market in downtown

San Luis Obispo Farmers Market in Downtown is iconic to the Central Coast and takes place every Thursday from 6PM - 8:30PM from November - February and 6PM - 9PM from March - October on Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 between Nipomo and Osos. Seasonally, Chorro Street and Broad Street may also be in use.

San Luis Obispo Market on madonna Road

The San Luis Obispo Market near Madonna Inn is at address: 325 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 (World Market/Embassy Suites parking lot) in the middle of a large shopping center and take place on Saturday mornings from 8AM - 10:45AM.

Morro Bay Farmers Market

Morro Bay Farmers Market is located at Spencer’s Fresh Markets parking lot at address: 2650 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 93442 takes place on Thursday afternoons takes place from 2PM - 4:30PM.

Pismo Beach Farmers Market

Pismo Beach Farmers Market takes place right by the beach at Pismo Beach Pier at Pomeroy and Hinds Ave., Pismo Beach, CA 93440 every Wednesday from 4PM - 7PM between April - September only

Arroyo Grande Village Farmers Market

The Arroyo Grande Village Farmers Market takes place in old downtown Arroyo Grande at address:  193 Olohan Alley, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 takes place on Saturday Afternoons from noon - 2:30PM

Arroyo Grande Smart & Final Parking Lot Farmers Market

The Arroyo Grande Smart & Final Farmers Market is conveniently located at Smart & Final parking lot at address:  1464 East Grand Avenue, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 and takes place on Wednesday mornings from 8:30AM - 11AM

Nipomo Swap Meet & Flea Market

Nipomo Swap Meet & Flea Market is fun and takes place every Sunday from 6AM - 6PM, weather permitting. They also have train rides called Choo Choo Safari inside the vicinity! It's great for kids! You pay a car entry fee of $4 to enter the Swap Meet & Flea Market to park. They have fresh produce, awesome Mexican food options all around the area and good yard sale type finds. Address: 263 N Frontage Rd, Nipomo, CA 93444


San Luis Obispo Children's Museum

Prices: $10 for adults & children, $6 for seniors 60+, $8 for military members, $3 with EBT card for SNAP benefits and children 2 and under are free. Every once in awhile, they would have "Moonlight Hours" where anyone can come for free between 5pm - 7pm. Look out for that. See more pictures from our visit to San Luis Obispo Children's Museum. Currently, they are only open during certain morning or afternoon hours for a few days a week. Address: 1010 Nipomo St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Paso Robles Children's Museum

Located in the northern part of San Luis Obispo County is the Paso Robles Children's Museum. It's significantly smaller than the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum but the little ones will still enjoy it. It's inside a 2 story building in downtown Paso Robles, California and there are many restaurants within walking distance. They close at 4pm and are only open for selective days so make sure you plan your visit accordingly. See more pictures from our visits at Paso Robles Children's Museum in this instagram reel. Address: 623 13th St,Paso Robles, California 93446

Charles Paddock Zoo

Admission Prices are: $10 for ages 13 and older, $8 for ages 5 - 12, $5 for ages 3 - 4 and Free for children 2 and under. See more pictures of Charles Paddock Zoo taken by They also have a senior price at $9 if you're 65 and older. Charles Paddock Zoo Address: 9305 Pismo Ave., 
Atascadero, CA 93422

Hearst Castle

SLO County is home to the famous Hearst Castle! Now as a museum, the castle is open every day for the public. Ticket prices are more for adults compared to kids' prices but it's free for children under 5. Hearst Castle Address: 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452. See more pictures and a full review of Hearst Castle from 

San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum

This is a 2 story museum that's great for kids and any train enthusiasts! Children 3 and under are always free here. Regular adult admission is only $5 and $3 for children ages 4 - 15 years old. They are opening for limited hours due to the pandemic. They have special events throughout the year. Address: 1940 Santa Barbara Ave, San Luis Obispo, California 93401

The Ravine Waterpark

Located in Paso Robles, this Waterpark is only opened during the summer time from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Prices are Regular $36.99, Junior $28.99, Senior $21.99 and Children under 2 are free. Every year, they seem to have increased their prices by $2. They also sell season passes. Address: 2301 Airport Rd., Paso Robles, California 93446. Find hotels closest to Ravine Water Park.

Museum of Natural History - Morro Bay

I chaperoned for a field trip at Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay and after visiting here, this place is now my favorite museum for all of SLO County! The museum is small but still educational. You can see a wonderful view of Morro Rock. There are walking trails around it with phenomenal views. The museum is free for children who are 17 years old and under! Price for adults is only $3 each. Here's a picture that I took looking out of the window with the view of Morro Rock while inside of the Museum of Natural History.

Morro Bay's Morro Rock is one of the more famous landmarks of San Luis Obispo County. Read my blog entry about Morro Bay. Address of Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay: 20 State Park Road, Morro Bay, CA 93442

Birthday Party Ideas

Pacific Flips Gymnastics Birthday Party

Pacific Flips has two locations: Grover Beach and Santa Maria. We've planned a birthday party for our child at the Grover beach location and had an excellent experience. Their birthday packages are either for 90 minutes or 2 hours. Parents are welcome to come watch.

They set up 2 tables ahead of time per your reservation and you just bring your decoraton. For more pictures and details, read about our detailed experience in this Pacific Flips Birthday blog entry.

Central Coast Aquarium Birthday 

For a  2 hour slot, you can have a birthday party for your child at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach. They host birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays.  Their minimum birthday packages start at $250 and include 12 children for that price (additional cost for more kids).

To see more pictures of the aquarium, read our review blog entry of Central Coast Aquarium

Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab in Arroyo Grande

Located in the Southern part of SLO County in Arroyo Grande is a neat ice cream shop with a private party room in the back. If you host a party here, they have an organized timed slot with a dedicated host included. Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab Address: 114 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 

Go to the SLO family-friendly restaurants section to see restaurants with a play area. These places are great options for birthday parties.