We have 3 active boys ages 4-9 and are planning to stay in Santa Monica on the last leg of our 2-week SoCal trip before going back to Australia. We will have 4 days remaining after Hollywood, San Diego, and Anaheim/Disney. Question is whether 4 days in Santa Monica is too much with young kids, or should we split it to 2 days in Santa Barbara and 2 days in Santa Monica? I heard Santa Barbara is beautiful and we would like to experience the drive along the coast, but I'm not sure if Santa Barbara will be exciting enough for the boys to stay for 2 days.
Are there other interesting things to do in Santa Monica besides the Santa Monica Pier & Third St Promenade? We'll have 3 days in Hollywood at the beginning of the trip so we will have gone to the Hollywood sights, Universal Studio, & probably Page Museum by then.
Thanks in advance for any advice!