A perfect family memory at Gilroy Gardens

We spent most of this weekend unpacking and organizing stuff in our new house, but on Saturday we did escape to Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, which is kind of like a mini Disneyland that just happens to be a four minute drive from our house. There’s no Mickey Mouse or anything, but it’s a beautiful little park with a horticulture theme. There are rides for the kids, gorgeous gardens to stroll through, and classical music piping through speakers around the entire property. It’s a magical little place, and if you live anywhere near the Bay Area, it’s really worth visiting. If you do plan a trip, message me and I’ll meet you there! Not kidding, I’d love to meet up. We have season passes. 

IMG_0009 IMG_0026Do you ever have a day, or a moment you wish you could linger in forever?


For you botanical lovers like myself, you’ll nerd out at how every plant in the park is labeled with its common and scientific name. I learn the names of new plants every time I go. 


This (above) is the “Artichoke Dip” ride, which is a really mild ride for little ones. You sit in these massive artichokes and wave up and down in a circle (see: horticulture theme). Baby G wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. 

IMG_0038 IMG_0039I know Pinterest is all pimped out for Christmas, but in real life it’s still FALL. And it will be until after the turkey is carved. This sunny California November day could not have been crisper or more perfect. 
IMG_0043 IMG_0047 One awesome thing about Gilroy Gardens is you can bring food into the park. There are a lot of tasty options to buy food too, but we think it’s way cheaper and healthier to pack a picnic lunch. And there are all these pretty places to enjoy your picnic like this ^^.

0518e63a560411e38214125ca684f7c2_8There are plenty of types of rides – even a few roller coasters – so there’s fun for kids of all ages. We kept it really tame this trip and put Baby G on just the “Artichoke Dip” and the carousel. 

As we strolled around that afternoon, Joe and I talked about how having a baby has totally changed our idea of fun. I laughed watching him hold Baby G on the carousel. The grown man was just beaming, like he couldn’t imagine doing anything more awesome on a Saturday than taking his 10-month-old girl on a fake horse ride that spins around in circles. I always knew he’d be a good dad, but it has been so cool to see that side of him come out this year. I think it’s one of my favorite parts about being a mom. 

IMG_0054The park is gearing up for their annual Holiday Lights festival – I haven’t been yet, but plan to go at least once this year. Beginning Dec. 6, the entire theme park will be covered in Christmas lights. I can’t wait. 



(By the way, all of the photos in this post were taken with the iPhone… Not an spokeswoman for Apple or anything, I just find that pretty amazing.)

ccc72e04560311e3836912b5a7b782b1_8 I’m always the one with the camera so I have very few photos of me with my girl. I really like this one. ^^13403c56560211e3920f0e2d1000e7b0_8

Were you able to take a break from the busyness that is your life this weekend and make some memories with your family? Sometimes I forget how important that is to do.



  1. Julia Anderson on November 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I’m so glad you wrote this post! When I read Gilroy, I knew I remembered it from somewhere. We just moved to the East Bay area and I read that this place is so nice! I would have never remembered if I didn’t read this post! Thanks for sharing! I will be planning a day there soon!

    • creatingmom on November 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Awesome, let me know how you like it. And welcome to the Bay Area.

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