While shopping trips can sometimes be a hassle with kids, going to the Third Street Promenade can be a fun family outing. Take them to visit this shopping mecca late in the day when this open-air mall is in the shade and you can feel the cool ocean breeze. Stop to watch the street performers, including a delightful little monkey in his hat and vest – hand the kids your spare change to drop in his hat and watch as they giggle over the cute animal. While the kids enjoy the free entertainment found all along the street, you can scout ahead for the next boutique to visit. Best of all, you can end the day by walking around the corner to enjoy a meal at Blue Plate Oysterette which overlooks the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Ocean. The adults can indulge themselves with a glass of wine while the kids go through their bag of wares from the shopping trip.