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Activity Ideas

Covid-19 Update:  Some of the listed activities may not be open at this time.

Sortable Activities List

The table below is full of suggested activities for CASAs and their kids.  You can filter the list by location, cost, age range and activity type.

Key Cost ($= Under $5 $$=$5-$15 $$$=$15+ )  Activity Type (Act= Active  Pass=Passive Food=Food)

Rancho Maria Golf
Show your CASA badge and receive a complimentary bucket of balls and club rentals for the driving range.
Rancho Bowl-
Show your CASA badge and receive free shoe rental and unlimited games.
SMFree4+Actwww button
The Santa Maria Discovery Museum:
Show your CASA badge and receive free admission.
SMFree 3-10Actwww button
Santa Maria Historial Society Museum
The Museum preserves the history and nostalgia of the City of Santa Maria and its environs with pictures, artifacts, and valley memorabilia. The displays progress chronologically from one period to another, starting with the Chumash Indian culture and progressing through the Mission, Rancho, and Pioneer periods.
SMFree 5-12Passwww button
Santa Maria Public Library:
Computer lab, planned activities, and book/media. CASAs can sign up their CASA children for a library card at any of the county ibrary offices. Bring your court order and CASA ID.
SMFree 3+Passwww button
The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria
Exhibits of local natural historical artificats. Located across the street from the Santa Maria Main Library
SMFree 5-12Passwww button
Waller Park:
Feed the ducks, play disc golf, walk the park, visit the dog park or play on the playgounds.
Fins & Critters:
Pet shop with exotic pets. Great place for curious or animal loving kids.
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McDonald’s Play Place
Three locations in Santa Maria. South Bradley (by Costco), Betteravia/ Blosser, and North Main St.
SMFree 3-10Act
Pet Smart
Pet shop with exotic pets. Great place for curious or animal loving kids.
Guadalupe Dunes
Closest Santa Barbara County beach.
Santa Maria City Parks & Recreation Department
Information on park facilities, classes, sports activities, and festivals. Check online for upcoming events.
Edwards Cinema
The cheap theater in town. ($3.50/person) During the summer they have $1 movies for kids.
The Santa Maria Museum of Flight
Airplanes and other flight related exhibits. ($2/children, $5/adults):
SM$ 5-15Passwww button
Yogurt Creations:
2415 South Broadway
Cold Stone Creamery:
4869 South Bradley Road
Paul Nelson Aquatic Center
Heated swimming pool.
SM$5+Actwww button
Kids love the games.
SM$$5+Actwww button
Chuck E Cheese
Kids love the games.
SM$$ 5-12Act
Indoor Bounce Center
($7/hour per child, adults free): 1140 East Clark Avenue- MUST have a waiver signed by the child's placement.
SM$$ 3-12Actwww button
PCPA Theater:
Live theater. Check the website for the latest shows and tickets. Children need to be able to observe "theater" decorum. Usually not appropriate for kids under 4 years.
SM$$$5+Passwww button
Home Depot-
Free kids workshop 1st Saturday of Month
SMFree 4-10Actwww button
Home Depot-
Free kids workshop 1st Saturday of Month
LPCFree 4-10Act
Home Depot-
Free kids workshop 1st Saturday of Month
SBFree 4-10Act
JoAnn's kids craft
Kids crafting classes available. Check the website for current clases and costs.
SM$$ 4-10Act
Michael's kids classes
Kids crafting classes available. Check the website for current clases and costs.
SM$$ 4-10Act
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Reserve the membership card from your Advocate Supervisor in advance.
SBFree3+Passwww button
Geocashing/ Pokemon Go
Using your smart phone you can have a scanveger hunt anywhere. There are several apps (mostly free) that provide the tool to start.
Oso Flaco Lake
Just north of the Guadalupe Dunes. It has a hiking trail with great nature and bird watching. The trail goes all the way to the beach.
Rice Ranch Open Space
Next to the park there are a series of hiking trails for all ability levels.
La Purisma Mission
The visitor center is a great place to begin your adventure into the past with a touch table, stunning exhibits and movie station depicting the layers of history found at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park.

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / Mondays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.$6 to park inside or walk from outside gate and it's FREE.
LompocFree5+Actwww button
Quicksilver Ranch Mini Horse Farm in Santa Ynez
 It's open to visitors Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
The highlight of a visit to OstrichLand is feeding the ostriches and emus. These big birds are a rare and unique sight in this part of the world and are sure to make you smile.
Solvang$3+Actwww button
Santa Maria Civic Theater Summer Fairy Tales
SMFree3+Passwww button
Pick you own produce
There are several location in the area that offer the pick your own produce experience. Check out the website for more information
$$3+Actwww button
Hike Los Flores Ranch
FREE for City of SM Residence or $3.00/person
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Monarch Butterflies
Make sure you have permission to take your child out of the county.
Pismo BeachFree5+Actwww button
Art Buzz Kids
Check the website calendar for kids classes
Orcutt$$$5+Actwww button
Lompoc Aquatic Center
It’s always Summer at the Lompoc Aquatic Center. The new dehumidification system keeps our inside temperature comfortable all year long. The Aquatic Center is made up of three separate pools. The all deep competitive pool. The Activity pool, with two 125-foot water slides, the shallow lap pool and the Aqua Play with more than 20 interactive features which includes twin waterslides, water cannons, and the famous “Bucket”. All Ages SAT and Sunday 1-3PM- Infants and toddlers M-F 10:30AM-1PM
Lompoc Parks and Recreation
Parks, classes and activities. See the Activity guide for more details
Lompoc$$1+Actwww button
Dana Adobe & Cultural CenterNipomo$5+Actwww button
Dunes CenterGuadalupeFree3+Actwww button