Two kids pose on hotel steps

Review of Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Beach

Overall, this hotel is a must for hotel-scouting families looking for something kid-friendly. It’s perfect for children in the hotel amenities, setup, and location. But, it’s also special because not only are your kids’ needs accounted for (and who are we kidding – they’re the bosses anyway), but the adults also feel like they’re on a pampered beach vacation.  The hotel is steps from the ocean, there are complimentary white fluffy towels in the pool area and there’s a free waffle bar with whipped cream in the morning.

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Heilmann Regional Park Splash Pad, Atascadero

The Heilmann Park Splash Pad is the only FREE splash pad in the North County. It’s located at  the larger Heilmann Regional Park and Playground at 9400 El Bordo Ave. in Atascadero.  The splash pad is situated right by the restrooms. The waterplay spot super small, but very popular with littles.Readers on my Facebook Page say the splash pad is NOW ON for summer 2019.

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Hop’s Bounce House, Atascadero

Hop’s Bounce House is one of the few real indoor play places to beat the heat or rain for families. Designed for babies to tweens, the facility features a bunch of different bounce houses to jump around in, climb on and slide down.  The setup is well thought-out with the cubby wall for shoes, toy area for babies and toddlers, TVs, the bathrooms and especially all the comfy couches and seating!

Little girl splashing in a creek

Cuesta Canyon Park, SLO

Cuesta Park has got to have the most beautiful creek in all of SLO. It also has a fun bridge to cross, a nice hiking-without-actually-hiking feel and a playground kids love.The only things I don’t like about it are sometimes there’s a lot of homeless people hanging out there, and the playground ground-cover is made of smelly black pieces of rubber. Aside from that, grab a pal and check it out because it’s really woodsy and pretty.