Kidtastico | Best Family Fun Children Activities in Santa Cruz, San Jose, and Monterey

Swank Farms – Pumpkin Slingshots, Corn Cannon, Gemstone Mining, Haunted Corn Maze, Go Carts, and Goat Feeding

Located near Hollister, Swank Farms is fun, piled on top of fun, with a dollop of fun on top …and maybe a spritzer of fun for good measure. What separates Swank from many other pumpkin patch maze events is that it’s a blend of authentic farming activities and contrived carnival type attractions. Like Myth Busters type contrived. Like “my buddies thought this up when we high and we decided to build it” type contrived. But don’t bother paying for everything separately – just get one of the package deals and spend a few hours. The first thing you’ll notice is...
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Sanctuary Rock Climbing Gym in Seaside – All Ages Welcome

My 5 year old daughter wanted to go rock climbing but no gym would accept her because of her age, that is except for Sanctuary in Sand City. Super family friendly with absolutely no age limits. If your kid wants to climb then they’ll suit them up and teach them how. $20 gets you a belay lesson for you and gear and shoes for you child. Afterwords  stop by Sweet Alena’s for some delicious pastry (the spinach croissant is outstanding) or run some errands at the huge shopping centers near by. Awesome! Official Website: File Under: Indoor Rock Climbing Gym Monterey, Seaside...
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DC Cemetery – Disneyland Like Animatronic Haunted House in Mountain View

Note: DC Cemetery is taking 2010 off. They will up and running again in 2011. My daughter and I went to the November 1st 2009 showing. I drove from Santa Cruz and it was worth every second of the 45 minute drive. DC Cemetery is a labor of love by one Brent Scott, with generous support of his family and friends.  2009 was the 19th year of operation and Brent’s childhood love affair with Halloween has grown into a thriving animatronics prop business. Every year he takes over his parents front yard and driveway and erects a giant graveyard and mousoleum full of moving, screaming and howling...
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Muzzi’s Ranch – (P)orn Maze Near Half Moon Bay

In October 2009, I found this place tucked away off Highway 1, a half a mile down highway 84. If you don’t look closely at the signage around the place, you’d never know it’s actually called Muzzi’s Ranch. My daughter and I got here around 9am by following some signs promising a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and fresh strawberries. The new and improved Corn Maze sign, which now reads “Porn Maze” made this funky place all that more charming in a hillbilly, slightly creepy way. When we arrive there is no one around, so we just climb the straw pyramid, do the corn maze and...
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