The El Moro Elfin Forest in Los Osos boasts a boardwalk hike for the kids.

Elfin Forest, Los Osos

In June, a friend and I took our children to the Elfin Forest in Los Osos. The 90-acre county and state park encompasses an estuary and woodlands with scenic walking trails. It also includes a pygmy oak forest and opportunities for some really awesome Instagram-worthy photography of your kids.

Blog post about petting the cats at Woods Humane Society, North County Campus in Atascadero California. From the mommy blog Two In Tow & On The Go.

Woods Humane Society, North County Campus

In September, we visited Woods Humane Society, North County Campus (formerly the North County Humane Society), in Atascadero. The cat adoption center’s staff encourages people to come pet the cats and kittens. They say it helps socialize the animals, which makes them more adoptable. That means this adventure lets you entertain your child while earning good karma points at the same time. Bonus.