while perusing pinterest and other pockets of the internet for interesting things to do with kids in california, a little town called solvang kept popping up. basically, from what i understand, it was settled/invented/created by some danish folks from the midwest, who wanted a winter retreat in warm and sunny california. its now pretty much a bustling tourist town, with tons of restuarants, wineries and bars, bakeries and gift shops. we decided it was worth checking out, so on our weekend in oceano, we packed up the lidkids and headed inland…
our first official stop was into a little shop that had lots of lego stuff. there was other cool stuff too, but since everything we ever do revolves around our kids, it was the lego stuff we focused on. we used to actually have this lego head. wish i had thought of using it as a plant pot.
in the back, there was a little room FILLED with old minifigure packs. we were pretty excited until we saw that some of the most wanted series were going for $10 and $15 each. yikes. but we still had fun looking at all of the old series and we picked out a few, using our expert packet groping skills.
we spent a lot of time in the bookstore, picking out books and games and using the bathroom more than one time per person on average. then, we had to make good on a promise to get the kids a treat from a bakery. isaac actually opted for plain old ice cream, but the girls were game for a pastry or two. this display of cupcakes was tempting, but i stuck to my stupid no sugar diet.
when we came out of the bakery, we saw folks lining up on the street, like people are prone to do when a parade is in the forecast. we asked them and sure enough, a parade was coming. so, we camped out and waited. soon enough, hundreds of rancheros began to march and ride down the street.
pretty much at this point, we had done what we came to do. a bit of shopping. a bit of eating. a bit of sight seeing. the kids were tired (it was hot). and we strolled back to the car and concluded our day in little denmark. it was cute and cool and a good little day trip, but without wine tasting or stuffing your face with sugary baked goods, there’s not a ton to do. 🙂