Disclosure: I was invited to Santa Anita Park by America's Best Racing to visit and share about all of the Family Fun.
There is never a shortage of fun stuff to do in Southern California, especially since we pretty much always have perfect weather (sorry out of towners). Here on Kindasillymommy.com, I like to share with you all the Fun Family friendly events around SoCal, so you and your family can go out and make memories too. Today I'm sharing with you how Family Friendly Santa Anita Park is.
You might think that horse racing is an adult only type of event, but at Santa Anita Park, they make it a family affair. Recently I attended the Santa Anita Carnival over Memorial Day weekend and I'm happy to say my girls had the best time! Yes, there was horse racing going on, and a beer festival, but the atmosphere was completely family friendly. If you were to ask my daughters what their favorite part of the carnival was they would absolutely tell you that it was the pony rides. It was the best 8 minutes of their lives! Haha!
You can always check their calendar ahead of time, but every weekend they have a Family Fun Zone open to their guests that features an infield full of activities for your little jockeys to enjoy, from inflatable jumpers, face painting and carnival games to pony rides, a chance to meet Seabiscuit and the Santa Anita Playground. Plus, you enjoy an exciting day of racing as the horses run around you. Seriously, the kids could spend all day on the inflatable obstacle course and the rides are just old school and fun for the kids without the stress of being overwhelming and fast.
Gates Open: 10:00am
Family Fun Begins: 12:00 Noon
Live Racing Begins: 1:00pm (Except for Opening Day, Sunshine Millions, Big ‘Cap Day, SA Derby Day – Noon)
Family Fun Ends: 4:00pm
They also offer a great value with the Family Four Pack (only available for walk ups $30):
2 Daily Racing Programs
4 Hot Dogs, 4 Chips & 4 Sodas
2 Pony Rides
2 Face Paintings
8 Carnival Games
2 Wristbands for Unlimited Jumper Time ($10 value)
One of my absolute favorite things about Santa Anita Park, is the view. The view is always so beautiful with the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance and the park itself is such a treasure. When you enter the grand stand it's like stepping into a time warp. So much of the architecture and mood is very old and authentic, of course with some of the modern amenities thrown in. And whatever you do, don't forget to visit the beautiful horses in the viewing area. They are such amazing animals, they are kind of breathtaking.