Your Guide To So Cal’s Best Family-Friendly Day Trips

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Does your typical Saturday go something like this? You: Run errands and fix up the house. Your kids: Watch TV and play video games.

Break that boring cycle and try something out of the ordinary with these fun, educational day trips. From interactive museums to hidden gem historical sites, explore with Chevy and find new roads. You might just make some memories along the way.

1. The Battleship USS Iowa Museum

Docked at the beautiful Los Angeles Waterfront, the USS Iowa is the most powerful warship ever built, and the only battleship of its kind on the West Coast. Take the kids for a unique hands-on experience where they can learn about life as a sailor through an interactive tour app or follow the mascot dog Victory for an on-deck scavenger hunt.

2. California Science Center

California Science Center

More than just a museum, LA’s California Science Center features hands-on exhibits on everything from space travel to the human body to underwater ecosystems. Check out how they bring these worlds to life on their seven-story IMAX screen and don’t miss your chance to see their special exhibit “The Science Behind Pixar.”

3. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

San Diego’s Old Town is a vibrant mix of culture and history, transporting visitors to the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Today, the original pueblo buildings feature museums, shops and authentic Mexican restaurants. For an extra special trip, visit on Nov. 1 or 2 and enjoy the Día de los Muertos celebration.

4. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

Reagan Library

Built on a scenic hilltop overlooking the Simi Valley just 40 minutes northwest of L.A., the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is the largest of the 13 federally operated presidential libraries. The sprawling facility features rotating educational exhibits on the president’s time in office as well an airplane hangar with the real Air Force One flown during Reagan’s administration.

5. Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park

Located in the Mojave Desert, 25 miles outside of Lancaster, this hidden gem hosts an impressive collection of Native American artifacts. Housed in a truly unique space built into a natural rock formation, this one-of-a-kind museum has earned its spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

6. General Patton Memorial Museum

History buffs and military enthusiasts will love this memorial museum dedicated one of the greatest U.S. generals of all time—George S. Patton. Located at the entrance of Camp Young, 30 miles east of Indio, this museum houses a large collection of tanks and memorabilia from Patton’s life and career. While not especially fun for younger children, older kids will be able to appreciate Patton’s important role in our country’s history.

7. Griffith Observatory

Time Out Los Angeles

Perched atop the southern slope of Mount Hollywood with breathtaking views of Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory offers much more than just stargazing. Take the little ones for a show at the planetarium or explore the exhibits where kids can try to make a seismograph needle move, watch a Foucault pendulum swing and gauge their weight on different planets.

8. Travel Town / Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum

Looking to make a full day out of your trip to Griffith Park? Stop by Travel Town, also known as a “railroad petting zoo,” where visitors can ride a miniature train around a mile of track and gaze at full-size historic locomotives from the 1800s. It’s the perfect spot for engineering buffs and fans of Thomas the Tank Engine alike!

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and make the most of your weekend in a family-friendly Chevrolet from your local Southern California Chevy Dealer.