The Santa Monica Airport is so much more than an airport. Here you can catch a performance at the Ruskin Group Theatre (yes, a theatre at an airport!), play soccer at Airport Park, and dine on scorpions and crickets at Typhoon. On the first and fourth Sundays of the month from 8 AM to 3 PM the airport parking lot becomes an Outdoor Antique Market, and on Wed-Sat from 12 PM to 6 PM you can visit the Santa Monica Art Studios.
Last but not least is the Barker Hangar, one of the Westside's premier spots for big events like the Sanrio "Small Gift" anniversary celebration that took place this past week. Now I don't worship at the altar of Hello Kitty, but curiosity got the better of Brad and I and we stopped by to check out the festivities. To celebrate 50 years of all things Sanrio, the event featured a mini golf course, carnival games, multiple photo booths, food trucks, face painting, sand art, an art gallery (my favorite part) and a gift shop. I thought it was a perfect place to bring kids (new converts!).
The airport is currently constructing a Museum of Flying which will house numerous aircrafts and feature children's exhibits. Can't wait!
Have you been to the Santa Monica Airport? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!