As part of my resolution to spend more quality time with Josh and Eleanor I decided we should start having more family outings on weekend evenings, rather than our usual sitting around the house. Our first Family Date Night was to the Santa Monica Pier. We intended to do a picnic on the beach and then hit the carousel. But neither of those things worked out.
We arrived later than we planned so it was almost dark and had grown pretty cold and windy. So instead we decided to grab a hot meal at Bubba Gump. It was decent, nothing to rave about. After dinner we headed to the carousel only to discover that they had just closed, at 7pm! On a Saturday Night! Ridiculous! Of course, Eleanor was very disappointed, and the screaming fit rather than sulking kind of disappointment. To appease her we found something more fun to do, a night time walk on the beach.
It was so cold, but Eleanor was thrilled! And it was actually a lot of fun to dip our toes in the water by the light of the ferris wheel. Lovely!
We ran from the incoming waves for a while then headed back to the car. We were parked on the opposite side of the pier, right near the beach so we decided to walk underneath it rather back up the beach and around. It was very dark and creepy under the pier at night! But we used our iphones to light our way! Spooky fun!
Fun was had by all and we even made it home by Eleanor’s bedtime! A successful first family date night!