Is smactivities a word? I didn’t think so. Anyway, we are supposed to write about 5 activities in my hometown. I guess it depends. I live in So Cal. There are tons to do in the area, but in the town in which I grew up, I can’t remember there was anything to do. There was a college, a movie theater and a shut down drive-in movie theater. It’s only worse now.
I moved to my current city in 2003 (kinda… I moved around, but kept coming back here over the years).
Activities, in no particular order
In my little area, there are 29 parks. Yes, you read that right, 29. Almost every school has a park on the block, plus all of the other little parks (or big parks) situated in between. Since having children, it’s one of the main reasons that I’ve stayed here – and they are all clean and nice. Many have basketball or tennis courts to really get a workout in.
We have one beautiful outdoor mall, plus two very nice strip malls with stores from Ross, TJ Maxx, and Hobby Lobby to Macy’s. We are only missing a Nordstrom, but that’s only ten minutes away. We also have 64 movie screens… 12 at this mall, but 52 down the street. This mall also has free summer movies for the kids, Christmas tree lighting in the winter, and a few parades throughout the year. People come out in droves.
We have a beautiful playhouse that has a lot of great plays and shows – from the Nutcracker to Beauty and the Beast, and musical performances too!
We have an awesome community program from the classic AYSO, to dance and music classes through the city.
Did I mention that I’m a wine connoisseur… by connoisseur, I mean, I like to drink wine. Does that count? We have some of the oldest wineries in the state. Inexpensive tastings are abound…. $5 for 5 tastes or there about… basically $5-8 for one glass of wine, but you can drink the kind you like. It’s pretty cool.
These are some of the reasons that I’m still in expensive California… It’s really costly to stay here, but the experiences make it worth it.
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