Things To Do
Family-Friendly Events in San Luis Obispo County
December 9 - 11, 2022 (Fri - Sun) - Santa's Pop-Up Reindeer Farm from 10AM - 4PM at Charles Paddock Zoo. Two reindeers will be visiting Charles Paddock Zoo with plenty of photo opportunities. Included with General Admission. See pictures that I've taken at the Charles Paddock Zoo. Address: 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422
December 9, 2022 (Fri) - Community Tree Lighting at Los Osos Baywood Park from 4:30PM - 8PM. At 4:30PM, join at the picnic area of the Red Barn, on the corner of Los Osos Valley Road and Palisades Avenue! They will decorate the Christmas tree, sing carols, and enjoy light snacks! Bring the whole family (& an ornament for the tree if you like)! Address: 2190 Palisades Ave., Los Osos, CA 93402
December 9, 2022 (Fri) - Winter Wonderland in Downtown Atascadero from 5PM - 9PM. Free event. Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens and the entire downtown will be transformed into a magical snowy paradise! 75 Tons of snow make up will offer larger snow pile play areas and will help make way for a massive snow slide built. This year’s snow themed events include a lot of kids' activities and Santa and Mrs. Claus! Address: 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA, 93422
December 10, 2022 (Sat) - Breakfast with Santa in at Tar Creek Ranch in Arroyo Grande for $10 a person from 8:30AM - 11AM. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and picture with Santa. See my video reel of Tar Creek Ranch in a past visit on my instagram. Address: 2514 Huasna Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Dec 10, 2022 (Sat) - 2022 "Happy to Be Here" Christmas Parade in Los Osos Baywood Park from 10AM - 12PM. The route follows LOVR from Fairchild Way to Palisades Avenue. Bay Osos Kiwanis Club will have a pre-parade Pancake Breakfast in front of Bay Auto & Tire. Following the parade, the Needs & Wishes Fundraiser will be held a the South Bay Community Center. Address: 2190 Palisades Ave., Los Osos, CA 93402
December 10, 2022 (Sat) - Free Monthly Family Art Activity for kids and kids at heart from 11AM - 1PM every second Saturday at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Address: 1010 Broad Street on the west end of Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo, California 93401
December 10, 2022 (Sat) - Tree Lighting & Snow at Elm Street Park from 5PM - 7PM. This is a fun and FREE community event that will include carolers, a food and toy drive, food trucks, a s’more station, and 12 TONS of snow leading up to the main event of Santa lighting the tree at 6 p.m.! Invite your friends and family to this enchanting event. Address: 1221 Ash St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
December 10, 2022 (Sat) - Lighted Boat Parade in Morro Bay by The Rotary Club from 6:30PM - 8PM. Free. Address for GPS: Morro Bay Embarcadero or 1185 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442
December 10, 2022 (Sat) - Christmas in Cayucos Open House from 5PM - 8PM. A fun and festive Downtown Cayucos tradition of evening shopping, dining, and merriment along Ocean Ave. Local businesses stay open late to host visitors. The Cayucos Lioness Club will be providing refreshments: Christmas shopping fun, visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause in their quaint home, free horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides, crafts for kids. See my picture of Cayucos Pier last year during the holidays on my instagram. Address: Along Ocean Ave., Cayucos, CA 93430
December 10, 2022 (Sat) - Vine Street Christmas Victorian Showcase from 6PM - 9PM. Free. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Snow King & Queen and Scrooge. Address: Vine St - Between 8th and 21st Streets, Paso Robles, CA 93446
December 11, 2022 (Sun) - Santa's Workshop and Holiday Tree Lighting at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 11AM - 5:30PM. Address: 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433
December 11, 2022 (Sun) - Free Day at the Garden at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden from 9AM - 5PM. See my instagram reel of our visit here at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Address: 3450 Dairy Creek Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
December 14, 2022 (Wed) - Santa's Sleigh at Oak Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 7:30PM. Hot cocoa, candy canes and photos with Santa. Address: 901 30th St., Paso Robles, CA 93446
December 15, 2022 (Thurs) - Holiday CaliKids Class for 4-6 Year Olds from 4PM - 5PM at Elm Street Community Center. Holiday attire encouraged! Free. Pre-Register online. (Note from blogger: I've seen CaliKids classes get full a week before the event so pre-register as soon as you know you want to attend. Only register one ticket per child.) Accompanying parents do not need to register for a ticket. Address: 1221 Ash St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
December 15, 2022 (Thurs) - Santa's Sleigh in Centennial Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 7:30PM. Hot cocoa, candy canes and photos with Santa. Address: 600 Nickerson Dr., Paso Robles, CA 93446
December 17, 2022 (Sat) - Holiday Magic at Charles Paddock Zoo from 10AM - 1PM. Admission is $12 for 13 years old and older, $8 for ages 5 - 12 years old, $5 for ages 3 and 4 years old and $10 for seniors 65 and older. Children 2 years old and and younger are free. See pictures that I've taken at the Charles Paddock Zoo. Address: 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422
December 17, 2022 (Sat) - Holiday Fair & Toy Drive from 2PM - 6PM at South Bay Community Center. Craft tables, cookie decorating and more. This fun family event brings the Los Osos / Baywood community together, collects new toys for the Toys for Tots drive, and raises funds for future SBCC events and programs. Address: 2180 Palisades Ave., Los Osos, CA 93402
Now though December 23, 2022 - Cambria Christmas Market in Cambria from 5PM - 8:30PM. This requires advance ticket purchase. Weekday prices are cheaper than weekend prices. See my video reel of my visit at Cambria Christmas Market. Address: 2905 Burton Drive Cambria, CA 93428
Now through December 24, 2022 - Holiday Plaza & Santa's House at Mission Plaza. A beloved tradition, Santa’s House returns to the Plaza. Young visitors can recite their holiday wish list and pose for photos with Santa out on his front lawn before entering the house to purchase their souvenir photo package and receive free goodies! Ride the Classic Carousel, dazzling photo spots, and an animated musical light show! Address: 989 Chorro St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. See my video clip below from our visit last year at Santa's House and when we rode the carousel there when they transformed Mission Plaza to Holiday Plaza.
December 31, 2022 (Sat) - New Year's Eve Celebration at Downtown City Park Paso Robles from 7PM - 11PM. Free admission. A 9PM ball drop is set to coincide with midnight on the East Coast so attendees can enjoy ringing in the New Year and still be home before midnight. Will feature live music, a DJ, fire dancers and a bonfire. Food trucks will be on site to serve attendees who haven’t taken advantage of one of the 25+ restaurants downtown and adult beverages will be available. There will also be local beer, champagne and distilled spirits available for purchase. Address: 12th St & Park 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
January 1, 2023 (Sun) - Polar Pear Dip at 12PM in Cayucos Beach. Each year, thousands of brave individuals and teams converge on Cayucos Beach to start the new year with a dip into the Pacific Ocean! This is a favorite Cayucos Chamber of Commerce family-friendly event, in partnership with multiple county agencies. Address: Pacific Ave and 10th St Cayucos, CA 93430
January 14, 2023 (Sat) - 7th Annual Tamale Festival in Atascadero at Sunken Gardens froom 11AM - 7PM. Expect over 20 tamale vendors. Free entertainment. Vendors can participate in the "Best Tamale Contest". Participants can participate in the Tamale Eating Contest and the Chihuahua & Pet Costume Contest. Address: 5942 West Mall Atascadero, CA 93422
February 4, 2023 (Sat) - Daughter Dance in Pismo Beach at Pismo Beach Veterans Hall from 6PM - 8:30PM. Hawaiian Luau theme. Tickets will be available starting on 12/1/2022 (more details to come). Address: 780 Bello St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Through April 2023 - Sensorio (famous art light installations) in Paso Robles is open for weekends. Weather permitting only as it's all outdoors. See my most recent video clip of Sensorio during our 2022 summer visit at Sensorio on my instagram reel.
Free Things To Do in SLO
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Bubblegum AlleyAlways free to explore in downtown SLO! Address: 733 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Avila-Pismo Beach Trolley
Elephant Seals in San Simeon
Playgrounds for Kids in SLO County
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
Dinosaurs Caves Park
Avila Beach Park
Del Mar Park
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
San Luis (SLO) Lighthouse
To see more pictures of Central Coast Aquarium taken by SanLuisObispoMom.com, click here.
Avila Beach PIER
Pismo BeachThe 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 BeachDon'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. Address: 250 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Grover Beach and Sand Dunes Beach Entry
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 SanLuisObispoMom.com
Grover Beach Playground on 16th Street
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.
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
Morro Bay Trolley
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 so if you can pick and don't mind driving, between the 2, I'd recommend going to the San Luis Obispo one. Address: 623 13th St,Paso Robles, California 9344
The Ravine Waterpark (only open during summer season)
They offer active-duty military discount with valid military ID. Address: 2301 Airport Rd., Paso Robles, California 93446
California Mid-State Fair
With carnival rides, hundreds of vendors and great eats, it's fun for the whole family. Address: 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles, CA 93446
Free Story Time
San Luis Obispo County Library Story Times
Barnes & Noble Bookstore Story Times
SLO Farmers Markets (ongoing weekly as weather permits)
San Luis Obispo Farmers Market in downtown takes place every Thursday from 6PM - 8:30PM (weather permitting and excluding major holidays) on Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 between Nipomo and Osos. Seasonally, Chorro Street and Broad Street may also be in use.
Paso Robles Children's Museum
Charles Paddock Zoo
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
The Ravine Waterpark
Museum of Natural History - Morro Bay
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
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
To see more pictures of the aquarium, read our review blog entry of Central Coast Aquarium.