Roadschooling | Los Angeles, California
We tagged along with Joe on a work trip to Los Angeles, California, last weekend. It was our first 'roadschooling' trip since starting this unschooling journey. The kids got involved in the planning--they checked the weather and researched the activities that we would all enjoy. The more trips we take, the more responsibility they will have in planning the trips.
Some of our plans panned out...some didn't. But that's the beauty of roadschooling: we go with the flow and adjust as needed.
It was also a great opportunity to try out some of my new purchases to make traveling with kids easier!
The beach was obviously a highlight. Especially when the beach is right by the Santa Monica Pier. It didn't take long for these pip-squeaks to get soaked--the lure of the (cold) water was just too strong!
I was the only one who didn't need a good rinsing as we walked off the beach. It was amazing to be back at the water's edge hearing those waves crashing and taking in the distinct smell of the ocean. Being landlocked in Denver is kind of a bummer--mama needs her some beach time!
We stayed in Century City near Joe's LA office (right across from a Ralph's grocery store! That was a big help since we could buy reasonably priced snacks and breakfast stuff for the kids :).
We were within walking distance to a new and fancy (my description) mall called Westfield. It was filled with high-end shops and the food court was like nothing we've seen in a typical mall--lots of outdoor space, unique restaurants and dessert shops, and live music.
And it was Southern California, so lots of pretty people out and about. I was reflexively sucking in my stomach while we were there LOL Even the chihuahua's were stylin' and profilin'!
And then I ate a burger at Shake Shack. It was the only place I could get Townes to agree to eat. Sigh. It was really good, so win-win in the end.
Sometimes when we are on the road, getting him a milkshake is better than nothing since it has fat and protein in it! We almost couldn't get him to eat this chocolate milkshake because of fear of peanut butter cross contamination. Poor kid! His eating 'issues' have proven to be a thorn in our traveling adventures. Something to work on, for sure.
I will do another blog post about his struggles--and how we attempt to combat them while traveling so that the entire trip is ruined. That sounds harsh--so that his trip isn't ruined.
Back to our favorite part of the trip: the Santa Monica Pier and beach. Since the kids were pretty wet, we decided to just hang out there and grab some boardwalk eats.
We also walked from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach and the boardwalk the next day.
It wasn't what I expected! Lots of little shops, street performers, and "characters" LOL Townes was in his element and we had to drag him from this Egyptian gift shop and a gem shop that claimed to have 'alien rock' that you could use to contact alien life forms :)
The highs and lows of the California roadschooling trip (according to Townes and Kate):
- beach time (collecting shells and playing in the waves)
- Santa Monica Pier
- Carnival Games
- The Skirt Man (pier performer/rapper/singer/dancer)
- The hotel room (we stayed at a Courtyard by Marriott and we got a roll-away bed, so they had their own separate room AND separate beds.
- Shopping and people watching in Venice Beach
- The kids handling a poopoo day at Disney with maturity
- Weather--one nice day and then rainy and cold (for California!)
- Disney. We don't get the hype. We should've done the Santa Monica Pier and beach every.single.day.
- Getting an Uber in the middle of a busy 'highway' and getting chewed out by the driver. Totally our bad.
- Struggling to find a restaurant/food option that everyone can agree on.
And my personal highs were the way the kids helped to research and plan the trip (#lifeskills) and getting some beach time. Seeing how much the kids loved the beach also filled me up.
Plus, doing this trip on the cheap because we tagged along with Joe on a work trip was the cherry on top.
I will be posting more travel updates as we unschool and roadschool throughout the year, so stay tuned :)