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Getting Out .................... 2Library Voice ................. 4Education ....................... 6Fun & Games ................. 9Safety ............................ 10Local History ................ 12Family Life ................... 14Self Care ....................... 15Calendar ........................ 17Family Events ............... 18Local Resources .......... 20Alt Education .............. 22
 Central Coas
Central Coast 
November 2012
Gratitude / Election Savvy / Thanksgiving Lore / Earthquake Safety / Indoor Fun
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Central Coast Family November 2012 www.centralcoastfamily.com
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Cover Photo:
Picking apples atSLO Creek Farm, San Luis Obispo
Mary Kelting Photographywww.marykeltingphotography.com
One of the great things aboutliving on the Central Coast isspring-like weather almost year round. While other parts of the
nation suer with sleet and snow,ice and cold, tornado season,hurricane season, and more,
we’re blessed with weather thatbeckons us outdoors almost everyday of the year. Almost.
Now and again, temperature dipsdrive our temperate souls inside,
or rain douses our plans for a day
at the beach or the park, or on the
trail. This can be a challenge for families with active children used
to everyday jaunts in the sunshine,
particularly during the comingholiday season. Winter vacationsand holidays bring not only cooler 
temperatures, but houses full of
visitors looking for adventure andentertainment.Children’s museums are the easygo-to for the younger set. Allof the children’s museums onthe Central Coast are works inprogress after relatively recentmoves or expansions. San Luis
Obispo Children’s Museum, 1010Nipomo Street, includes a fun
village for preschoolers who want
to play house or post oce, dressup in costume and climb on stage,or play the part of reghters or 
bankers.The Paso Robles Children’s
Museum, 623 13th Street in PasoRobles, is centered around avintage re engine, which wasdonated along with the old re
house where the museum islocated. Santa Maria’s DiscoveryMuseum on McClelland Avenue
oers an agricultural focus,while the Exploration Station,867 Ramona Avenue in Grover Beach, strives toward scientic
exploration.Active water babies of all agesstill can get in a splash on thecoolest or rainiest of days in thecomfort of the indoors. 5 Cities
Swim School in Arroyo Grandefeatures a 90 degree heated pool
and classes for all ages. Lompoc
Aquatic Center oers three indoor pools, including a cooler lap pool,
warm play pool with water slides
and climbing structures, and a
very warm therapy pool. Dressingrooms and showers are ample at
this less-expensive option, though
open hours are more limited thanthose at 5 Cities Swim School.Or try something completely
dierent: bowling. Kids love the
challenge of getting the ball to
the lane, let alone hitting the pins
down the alley. Pismo Bowl on
Pomeroy oers classic play onwooden lanes, while Mustang
Lanes at Cal Poly’s Julian McPhee
University Union oers the latest
amenities including automatedbumpers. Food is available at or near each of these alleys. Rancho
Bowl at 28 East Donovan Road inSanta Maria has an arcade, café,
and kid’s party room.
Cold, rainy days present perfect
opportunities to explore the artsby visiting any of a number ofmuseums throughout the Central
Coast. With any art museum,
parents may want to consider pre-running the exhibits. Artists are
free to express themselves, and
sometimes resulting images may
oend some visitors or frighten
young guests. And while children
are often welcome in museums,
the adults who accompany themare expected to maintain control
of youthful exuberance: visitors
should keep their voices low andtheir hands to themselves.
In San Luis Obispo, children are
always welcome at SLO Museum
 Central Coast 
PO Box 6424, Los Osos, CA 93412
Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive!
Central Coast Family
is published monthly with a readership over 40,000. Find FREEcopies throughout San Luis Obispo County and North Santa Barbara County.
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Phone: (805) 540-7100Fax: (805) 540-7101
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Claire Vogel
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Eric Woodards
Kristen Barnhart, Jennifer Best, Amanda Buechner, Guy Crabb,Jerey Cyr,
Steve Kragenbrink
Walter Reil,
Steven Smith, David Vogel
Out of the Blue
Getting Out
Stormy Weather?
 Enjoy the Great Indoors 
by Jennifer Best
Give the Gift of adventure!
Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County 
by Jennifer Best 
Your paperback guide to
Kid-Tested,Parent-ApprovedActivities inEvery Communityand Rural Area
Find a copy at your favorite bookstore or order online at 
of Art, 1010 Broad Street, justo Mission Plaza downtown.
Museum exhibits rotate regularly
and may feature any media, fromblown glass to fabric sculptures,
paintings to photography.Budding artists might also trytheir hand at the wheel at Anam-
Cre Pottery Studio, 570 HigueraStreet, #140. This working claystudio oers many classes, as well
as open studio hours for studentsand guests. Call ahead for their current schedule or to arrangeyour own group gathering.
For the more musically inclined,head to Boo Boo Records, 978Monterey St., in San Luis Obispo.
Music is always the focus at Boo
Boo, but every Wednesday for 
more than a decade the backroom has turned into a musicalplay area for the preschool set.
Take a seat on the oor and playwith stories, songs, instruments,
and other impromptu musical
oerings designed specically
for the youngest musicians andmusic fans.
The Central Coast also oers
several indoor attractions thatinclude historical education.One of our favorites is Solvang’s
Elverhoj Museum, 1624 Elverhoj
Way. Children are treated like
honored guests by volunteers,
who talk about the history ofSolvang and the Danish culturethat survives there.
Head to Santa Maria’s NaturalHistory Museum, 412 S McClelland,
to feel a shark skin or compare
seabird eggs. Across town,Santa Maria Museum of Flight,3015 Airpark Drive, shelters a
variety of aircraft and World War II paraphernalia. The hangar can
be cold, but it is protected fromthe rain and wind, and chances
are very good that the volunteer 
Getting Out
 Jennifer Best is a freelance writer,photographer and author of BestFamily Adventures: San Luis ObispoCounty and Best Family Adventures:Santa Barbara County. The paperback guides to all things family-friendlythroughout the Central Coast areavailable in stores and online at
. Jennifer can be reached at JBest@BestFamilyAdventures.com.
(805) 543-0722
795 E Foothill Blvd, SLO
Voted Best Restaurant 6 Years in a Row!
docent on hand has stories to tellif you’re willing to ask.
On the north coast, head for theMuseum of Natural History in
Morro Bay State Park for hands-on science exhibits and one ofthe best views of Morro Bay andMorro Rock.
The Pioneer Museum, at 2010Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles,oers myriad antiques and
collectibles from area farms andfamilies.
When in doubt, check in with
the local library. Central Coast
libraries oer fantastic collections
for the entire family. They’re
free! And they often oer specialevents including story times,book clubs, and performances.For your closest library location,hours, events, and activities, visit
114 West Branh St, Arroyo Grande
& Our NeW LOcAtiON:
168 West clark Avenue, Old Orutt
Old-Fashond Paloui cam Mad On-SAwad-Wnnng Qualychldn’s Book radngsi cam Lab Showsenjoy h Modl tansPas & cang
 with paid exam & necessary X-Rays
New Patients Only. Cannot be combined with any other ofer.
Convenient Evening & Weekend Hours
(805) 544-9440
878 Boysen Ave, San Luis Obispo

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