Things To Do In The South Bay

From its award-winning schools to its quaint and beautiful neighborhoods, the South Bay prides itself in being a family-oriented area.  Whether you choose to enjoy the natural side of the South Bay or support one of its many bustling businesses, there is truly something for everyone in the family to enjoy.  If you are looking for homes in Palos Verdes, or homes in the South Bay, here is a great list of suggestions for fun family outings.
First and foremost, the greatest draw to the South Bay area is the ocean.  For those who long to do more than just spend a day at the beach, the area offers multiple free aquariums, such as the Cabrillo Aquarium and the Sea Lab, where families can go together to learn about ocean wildlife.  On an adventurous day, the family can go out fishing on one of the many boats in both the San Pedro and Redondo Marinas.
If you want to take your family on a local getaway, Catalina Island is the place to go.  Just hop on the Catalina Express boat and spend the day swimming and snorkeling in the beautiful city of Avalon.
Beautiful Avalon Harbor in Catalina
Beautiful Avalon Harbor in Catalina
In the Palos Verdes area, there are hiking trails that present a great opportunity to interact with nature.  Many of these trails have splendid views that overlook the entire South Bay, and some of them, such as the Abalone Cove hiking path, go straight down to the ocean.  In Abalone cove as well as other South Bay locations, families have the opportunity to interact with sea life in tide pools.
Sunset At Abalone Cove
Sunset At Abalone Cove
For the indoor type of family, both the Del Amo Mall and the Promenade on the Peninsula are great places to catch a movie, go ice-skating, or pick up some new clothes.   Another wonderful place to take the family is Sky Zone Torrance, a gym where both kids and adults alike can bounce across an entire room filled with trampolines.
There are many great activities that don’t happen all year round, but are worth noting.  In the wintertime, families can visit Candy Cane lane, a Torrance neighborhood that takes Christmas decorating to the extreme.  In the summertime, families can attend one of the many fairs in the area, from the Fiesta Hermosa to the San Pedro Lobster Festival.   Also during this time, the South Bay area offers multiple day camps for children.  Junior Lifeguards, Surf Camp, Beach Camp, Art Camp, Pony Camp and Sports Camps are just some of the many summertime programs offered to children.
A House on Candy Cane Lane
A House on Candy Cane Lane
 The possibilities for a family fun day are limitless in the South Bay no matter what your idea of fun is! All you can be sure of is that your children will cherish these little outings and activities for the rest of their lives.


Palos Verdes Horseshow Raises Money for Orthopaedic Hospital

jumping horse las amigas de las lomas show
This past weekend, the 54th annual Las Amigas de las Lomas horse show was held at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates.  This wonderful organization, for which I am honored to be this year’s President, is an auxilliary of the Charitable Children’s Guild to support Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital.  Although we don’t have final figures in yet, it appears that we helped to raise at least another $20,000 for the hospital’s wonderful programs.

The all English horse show is held each year in mid-July and is sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  The show includes hunters, jumpers, and equitation classes, with fence heights from 1 foot 6 to a Grand Prix style “mini-Prix” with fence heights of 4 to 4.5 feet.  This year’s Grand Prix was won by a local teenager, Brooke Dulce Erickson, who graduated this year from the wonderful Palos Verdes High School and was a part of that school’s Sea Kings Equestrian Team.

This show is just an example of the many great equestrian events held on “the Hill” every year.  If you like horses and horse property but still want a mostly urban life style, then the Palos Verdes area may be just the place for you.  Great shopping, restaurants, and museums are within an easy drive yet many residents, especially in Rolling Hills Estates, have horses in their back yards.

So let’s finish this post with some questions — would you have the guts to jump 4.5 feet on twelve hundred pounds of muscle and power?  Do you think that the horses enjoy this just as much as the competitors and spectators do?

South Bay Pet Lost and Found

At Fabulous South Bay, we are huge animal lovers. Between the two of us, we have 4 cats, 2 dogs, and a horse! So we know how sad it makes someone to lose their pet. We want to perform a community service to the South Bay, CA by hosting a Pet Lost and Found bulletin board right here! If you have lost a pet or found one somewhere in the South Bay areas of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Hollyglen, Torrance, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, or Rancho Palos Verdes, please sign up for an account and add a post here. You can just add the tag “Pet Lost and Found” and it will appear right on this page. We hope this helps someone reunite with their loved ones!

Gable House Bowl

gable house bowling logoYesterday for Father’s Day we rounded up our college aged daughters and headed to one of my husband’s favorite places — the bowling alley. Gable House Bowl is a huge 40 lane bowling center located right at the base of the Palos Verdes Peninsula where PV and the beach cities join, on Hawthorne just South of Sepulveda Boulevard.

The lanes are always in great condition and they have lane computers that will take the scorekeeping work away and just leave the fun. Lots of rental shoes (with free socks!) and house balls make it fun for even the very occasional bowler. They have lane bumpers too, if you have little ones with you, to keep them from getting discouraged by the gutter balls.

There are lots of leagues, too, if you are new to the area and want to make some new friends — their Vegas leagues include the price of a weekend in Las Vegas in the league fees. Garth and I were on a team for several seasons and made some really great friends there.

Seahorse Riding Club

English Equitation/Hunters/Jumpers

Devon Gibson, Head Trainer
Christy Arbuckle, Trainer
(310) 541-5921 option 1

For Beginner and Intermediate riders

Seahorse Lesson Program
Teresa Bartko, Trainer
(310) 541-5921 option 2

26411 Crenshaw Blvd, Rolling Hills Estates
Private and Group Lessons; Sale and Lease Horses Available


A fun day in Palos Verdes on horseback!

My husband, my two daughters, and the younger daughter’s boyfriend took a one hour ride leaving from the Palos Verdes Stables property and going up on the ridge above Ernie Howlett Park to see the beautiful ocean and city view.  It was amazing — we could see the South Bay coast AND downtown Long Beach, as well as the San Bernardino mountains, the Los Angeles basin, downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign — you name it, we could see it from there.

The most fun thing about a trail ride at Pat’s is that you don’t have to just walk with your horse’s nose in the other one’s tail like you do on so many commercial trail rides.  If you know how to ride and sign the correct waivers, Pat’s operation will allow you to trot and even canter a bit in the areas where the footing is safe enough for this activity (and within reason so that the horses don’t get exhausted either, of course.)    The horses are all very well trained and bomb-proof too, so you can have fun even if you aren’t the world’s greatest rider.  And since Pat has some draft cross horses, even tall, heavier people can find someone that they can ride — he does not have a weight limit of 200 pounds like so many other places do.  Our family loves horses and is pretty experienced, but my daughter’s boyfriend was very inexperienced and he had a lot of fun too!

Pat also has a big soft spot for mentally challenged and autistic folks too, and has many regular clients with autistic children or young adults. While we were there, two different young men with autism were taken out on rides.  The grins on their faces were amazing, and Pat’s staff is extremely patient with them and really want them to have a great time and experience the freedom of seeing the world from up high.

If you are looking for something unique and different as a Christmas gift or to do as a wholesome family outlet, I highly recommend Wagon Wheel Ranch.