Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Memorial Day Events 2019

Are you looking to honor memorial day with your kids? Santa Barbara does not have very many events, but here are a few:

Monday May 27, 2019

The Goleta Cemetery has a ceremony at 9 am.

Santa Barbara Cemetery has a ceremony at 10 am at 901 Channel Dr with a speaker and a fly-over.

The Carpinteria Valley Cemetery has a ceremony at 10 am at 1501 Cravens Lane.

You can also remember those who has lost their lives defending our country by walking the Eling's Park Veterans Memorial Walk. There are plaques for the different wars and those from Santa Barbara County who lost their lives.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Museum Quest 2019

This blog started 4 years ago today! I know a few of you have been wondering what the 2019 quest is and it is Museums! We have so many great outdoor locations we have covered and this quest takes us indoors.

This year's quest has been one that as a former teacher I have wanted to do for years, but didn't feel that my kids ages would work for it.  I start this quest with some question as to how it will work for my kids, but we are up for a challenge. Some of these are places we go often and have memberships for but many places are new to us. My goal is to visit some new places and share about others. We won't make it to all the ones on the list, but we will share what we do find.

I have included a list of resources where we found these at the bottom. As I get more information, it may not be practical to get to some of them because of time or cost.

Main Museums
MOXI Museum of Exploration and Innovation
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Rancho La Patera & Stow House
Santa Barbara Carriage and Western Arts Museum
Santa Barbara Historical Museum (El Presidio)
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara Sea Center
South Coast Railroad Museum

Lesser Known in Santa Barbara
Ablitt House
Bellosguardo Estate
Casa del Herrero
Casa Dolores
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Reagan Ranch Center
Ridley Tree Museum of Art (Westmont College)
Santa Barbara Art Museum (UCSB)
Santa Barbara Surfing Museum
Santa Barbara Veterans Museum
Susan Quinlan's Doll & Teddy Bear Museum
UCSB Multicultural Center

Farther Away
Carpinteria Valley Museum of History
Elveroj Museum of History and Art
Guadelupe-Nipomo Dunes Center
Guadelupe Cultural Arts Center
La Purissima Mission
Neal Taylor Nature Center (Lake Cachuma)
Santa Maria Discovery Museum
Santa Maria Museum of Flight
Santa Maria Valley Historical Railway Museum
Wilding Art Museum

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Goleta Mom Give Away

In anticipation of the 2019 Quest (keep your eyes open--it's coming soon), we have a giveaway!!

We have family passes for the Maritime Museum, the Art Museum and the Natural History Museum. To be eligible to win a pass, do one of the actions below (or double your chances by doing both!):

1. Like Goleta Mom on Facebook. Write an honest review of Goleta Mom on the page (Click Reviews > Click an answer to 'do you recommend Goleta Mom' > write a review). When you're done (follow+review), be sure to comment "done" on the Facebook post to be eligible!

2. Follow Goleta Mom on Instagram. Share a screen shot of your favorite blog post, tag @GoletaMom and comment how you use the Goleta Mom site. When you're done (follow+screenshot), be sure to comment "done" on the Instagram post to be eligible!

Those of you who have already written a review of Goleta Mom on Facebook are already eligible!

I will use the random number generator at Random Name Picker to choose the winners on or after June 3rd!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Top 15 Posts So Far

I was wondering recently which posts are the most read on the blog and (not surprisingly) that data is tracked in the blogger platform. Here are the top fifteen posts of the past (almost) 4 years. These posts all have hundreds of reads--amazing!
Note: I took out the time sensitive posts like Easter Events 2018, Kid Friendly Fiesta Events 2018 and Patriotic Events 2018.

1. Birthday Freebies

2. Parks with Baby Swings

3. Summer 2018 Quest (Easy Day Trips)

4. Santa Barbara Blueberries

5. Parks with 2-5 Play Structures

6. Parks with Bathrooms

7. Extensive List of Santa Barbara Area Parks (Part of Summer 2015 Quest)

8. Nojoqui Falls

9. Kid Friendly Hikes and Nature Walks (Summer 2017 Quest)

10. Where to Go First

11. Parks for Siblings

12. Toddler Friendly Parks

13. Tierra de Fortuna Park

14. Sunnyfields Park (Solvang)

15. Bella Vista Open Space

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Vacation Bible School 2019

Vacation Bible School is one of my kids favorite weeks each summer! A friend suggested I compile a list as a blog post, so here's for you Marissa! This is what I have found online so far. All ages are the ages children will be in this fall. If your church plans to do VBS this summer, forward me the info so I can add it! (I will add Trinity Lutheran and Living Faith when I see the info come out.)

June 10-14 9am-12pm  Calvary Chapel SB at 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez #21
Phone: 805-730-1400 Ages: 4 years to 6th grade  Price: $75 for the week  Register at:

June 10-14 8:30-12 CEF Adventure Club at various trails in Santa Barbara
Ages: 5th and 6th grade Price: Free Register at:

June 24-28 8:45-12 Montecito Covenant Church 671 Cold Spring Rd, Montecito
Phone: (805) 969-0373   Ages: K -6th grade Price: $45/$55 per child Register at:

June 24-28 9am-12pm CEF Soccer Camp Hope School 3970 La Colina Rd
Ages: 1st-6th grade Price: Free Register at:

July 8-12 CEF Lego Camp 9am-12pm CEF Soccer Camp at Calvary Baptist 736 W Islay St
Ages: 1st-6th grade Price: Free Register at:

July 22-26 at East Beach (through Ocean Hills Covenant)
Ages: K-4 Price: $100/$150 Register at:

July 22-July 26 9am-12pm CEF  Drawing Club Westside Boys and Girls Club 602 W Anapamu St, Ages: 1st-6th grade Free Register at: 

July 29-August 2 9am-1pm Coastline Christian Academy 5950 Cathedral Oaks Road
Phone: (805) 967-5834 Ages: k-6th grade Price $75

August 5-9 9am-3pm at La Mesa Park (through Calvary Chapel SB) Phone: 805-730-1400
Ages: 1st through 6th grade Price: $175 Register at:

I am sure I missed something so feel free to comment below or message me through Facebook at