We stayed very local during the month of March, as our transit-oriented trips were limited to Downtown Santa Monica. Downtown Santa Monica is a world-renowned destination but there is still plenty of reasons to visit even if you live nearby.

Santa Monica Main Library to celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday

Each year, the library partners with our local Kiwanis club to celebrate Read Across America. Read Across America also coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In Santa Monica’s version, we welcomed a kid-friendly comic/magician, a volunteer agreed to dress up as the Cat In the Hat for photos, and Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis read her favorite Dr. Seuss book as part of her Let’s Read With Gleam! series. Our family took the Big Blue Bus to the Main Library so that we could enjoy the festivities and I could take some photos to post to social media.

Coming back, we rode the bus with my friend from work Robyn and her son. I was reminded once again that one of the benefits of riding transit with children is the opportunity to travel together with other families without the hassles of dealing with cars and car seats.

Fire Station BBQ

Juan tried to help Wilshire with an arts and crafts project.

On March 17, the Santa Monica Fire Department threw a big party, complete with an elaborate Santa Maria-style bbq, to celebrate 130 years of service to the community at its fire station in downtown Santa Monica. Juan, Wilshire and I took the Big Blue Bus to check out the festivities. The event was free, so we invited other families from daycare, including Wilshire’s bestie Arabella. SMFD was so gracious in its hospitality. Their staff was super supportive when I gathered them for some group shots (the photos later made it into the City’s Instagram feed and this blog post).

Santa Monica Pier & Pacific Park

Big Blue Bus comes through for the Matutes once again, this time for breakfast at Jinky’s Cafe on 2nd St. and some rides at Pacific Park with family friends! Wilshire loved riding the iconic ferris wheel. He also wanted to be held like a baby.