About a month ago I read about this beach house in Santa Monica that opened a few years ago. I've been dying to go check it out but we've been so busy this summer and we were sort of reluctant to go on the weekends since Santa Monica can get so crowded. Since the weather has been in the high 80's I told my husband that we should make a family date this week. What a fun afternoon we had together! I told Mila this morning that we were going to head to the beach and go to a pool at the beach and she was so excited all day. She even skipped her nap in anticipation of my husband returning home so we could go down to the beach. It is such a fun family place to visit and we didn't spend much money at all. Parking for the day is $8 and the cost to get into use the pool facility is $10 for adults and $4 for kids. The facility was super clean (which was a nice surprise) and the pool wasn't extremely cold so Mila was able to enjoy being in the pool for longer than 5 minutes. They also have a little water splash area outside of the gated pool for kids to come and play (which is free) and a great little sand play area too. Even though we didn't eat at the restaurant, there is a little cafe call Back at the Beach which had outdoor seating and looked like it could be a great place to just hang and have dinner.
I highly recommend taking the whole family to the Annenberg Community Beach House. It's a great spot to hang for the day and it allows you to have the best of both the pool and the beach. If you want to find out more check out their website. http://beachhouse.smgov.net/
Happy Sunny Days to you!