Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Palm Springs with a bunch of Little Kids

We took a great family vacation to Palm Springs this spring.
Mom and Dad had fun and all the kids had fun.  

I know the line -
"There is no such thing as a vacation with young kids; just take family trips."  
While it is true that is was not pure relaxation all the time, 
we still felt like it was a great break and vacation for all of us.
It was a vacation and an adventure trip, all rolled into one.  

It did seem as if we were the only family in the canyon.
That was weird.  But, it still didn't feel anti-kid.  
Palm Springs with a bunch of little kids is a thing that really can work well.

We loved starting the morning with a walk to Koffi Coffee.  
We grabbed fantastic take out at the local Woody's Burgers.
We sat down to eat enchiladas at La Perlita Mexican food.  
The kids still talk about the salsa there.  Lappert's Ice Cream was a tasty 
and eccentric parlor.  
The owner plays chess with buddies in the front, 
and pauses the game to scope ice cream.

Some super good (and high priced) pizza was from Bill's Pizza
We also had a terrible breakfast, but I won't link them here.... 
(Elmer's, I should've known).

It was a super awesome experience for all of us at the Living Desert Garden & Zoo.

We loved it all.  
This garden park is in Palm Desert, towards the south end of the canyon.  
The drive through the neighborhoods to get to the park was pretty fun, 
checking out the mid-century modern styles.

And the Giraffe Feeding!  We didn't have to wait in a line or push through a crowd.
We just walked over and got invited to help feed.  That was sweet!

The plants were amazing, especially the cactus and agave.

We surprised the kids with the trip on the Aerial Tram up to the snow in San Jacinto park.
They were shocked that we got to have a snow adventure on our desert vacation.
This was a first for them and a big dream come true.
The snow was sparse and icy.  But, they didn't mind.  
It was incredible how cold it was up there, compared to the canyon floor.  Brrr....
I wore my flip flops.  That was a bad idea.

This snow guy was found by the kids, not made by them.  
We did manage a snowball fight, though.

The Air Museum of Flying was super cool for us.  
It's small and was a quick afternoon outing.
But, we all enjoyed it.    

Peyton was so cute pushing Kendall around.
Kendall was absolutely in love with the little umbrella stroller.
When I bought my ticket from the front desk,
the sweet old man told me to wait right there,
because he had a carriage for me.  I didn't know quite what I was waiting for.
Ah.  Yes.  Of course, a stroller.
(Would you believe we went on vacation with all the littles,
without even thinking to bring a stroller?)

We were happy at with our stay at 7 Springs Inn & Suites.  We got a two story suite.  
The kids got their own room, and so did we.
We all slept well here.  And enjoyed the daily swims, too.

We think Palm Springs is a great get away for parents and kids.


Nicola said...

How fun! It's a place I would have never thought about taking kiddos, but it looks like you all had a great time. Love all the pictures. Your children are getting so big. Every time I see pictures of them it surprises me. Love that last picture!

Nicola said...

Oh, I forgot to say that I wear my flip flops in the snow all the time when the sun is out. Crazy! I know.

Stephanie said...

Looks like a fun trip!

We always prefer suite-style rooms when we "vacation" - so nice to have a bit of extra room to spread out!