Fall may feel like it’s just around the corner, but we know how to stretch out summer as long as possible in Oceanside, thanks to warm evenings, cool activities, and plenty of kid-friendly perks that make family weekends in Oceanside a breeze.
Read on for how to make the most of summer’s last stand. (Want to stretch summer out even further? Book a weekend getaway even after the kids are back in school!)
Unleash Kids’ Creativity (and Snag Some Alone Time)
The Seabird Resort has long been a no-brainer choice for parents, thanks to kids programming that includes things like tie dye t-shirt making and build-a-stuffed animal activities (for a small fee), plus crafternoons of seashell rock painting and bubble parties (complimentary for hotel guests). There is always something for all ages being offered at our waterfront resort — literally, daily! — as a quick scroll through our monthly events calendar will attest. Just chat with the concierge or RSVP on the activity calendar to reserve a spot. Whether your kids opt to weave dream catchers in the Wood Library or paint mandala rocks on the beach, they’ll never forget it.
Bask in the Sun on Family-Friendly Beaches
The shores of Oceanside are stocked with gentle waves, soft sand, and close proximity to a bed for naptime…if you know where to look. All year long, but especially in the pleasantly warm days of fall, family-friendly Pier View North Beach draws in visitors from all around. Stroll the historic Oceanside Pier, and you’ll spot folks fishing for croakers and surfperch (no license required, here). Guests of The Seabird will love that the beach is just across the street from the hotel; doting staffers will even set up your loaner beach chairs and umbrellas (reserve them between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). What more could parents visiting Oceanside ask for than these tot-approved, all-natural sandboxes?
Play (and Play Some More) at Legoland
Just ten zippy miles from your guest room, Legoland is a must-visit for anyone in the toddler through tween years — and parents with fond memories of their own brick-building adventures. The theme park has on-brand rides like the “Coastersaurus,” which flies past outsized Lego dinosaurs, a thrilling virtual ride on Emmet’s triple-decker couch in an ode to “The Lego Movie,” and building stations where kids can construct all manner of their lego daydreams IRL. Brand new for 2022: the LEGO Ferrari Build and Race, where you can climb into a life-size LEGO Ferrari F40 for a photo sesh and even design your own Ferrari, then watch it hit the tracks in a digitized version of Pista di Fiorano.
Savor Meals That Suit All Palates
Wee guests of The Seabird who are 12 and under — our Little Seabirds — can enjoy two free meals at Piper, the hotel’s buzzing coastal California cuisine restaurant, where the pasta is handmade daily. Translation: You get to tuck into rigatoni bolognese with heirloom peppers and parmesan, while they treat themselves to flatbread with tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni. And did we mention that each child will also receive a plush stuffed animal as a welcome amenity? Talk about happy meals.
Spend a Spa Day With the Kids
Everyone…of every age…could use some pampering, especially in a post-2020 world. That’s why Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge rolls out the relaxing red carpet for kiddos, too. Kids 6-12 can try “little mermaid” pedicures and manicures, hair art, or even have a “Mommy/Daddy and Me” massage. Say it with us: “Aaaaaah.”
Sample Nostalgic Sweets & Treats
Set in an 1887 blue Victorian cottage where scenes from Tom Cruise’s megahit “Top Gun” were shot, High Pie is now the place to indulge in hand pies made. Flavors include local apple and cherry, and you can order yours a la mode with mascarpone ice cream and dip it in everything from sea salt caramel to lemon curd. (All pies are made with gluten-free Cup4Cup flour from star chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, making them and even sweeter treat for those with gluten sensitivities.) Donuts more your style? Just three blocks inland, you can pamper everyone in the family at Parlor Doughnuts, where the menu includes “Sandy Beach,” “Campfire” (complete with mini marshmallows), and even “Dog Donuts” for Fido.
Soak It All Up With the Summer Sun Setter Package
Soak up the last drops of summer and make your stay in Oceanside even sweeter with an exclusive offer from The Seabird Resort, including a $125 resort credit on a two-night stay from August 1 to October 2, 2022. You can use it everywhere, from Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge (CBD body wrap, anyone?) to the poolside Shelter Club.
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