The South Bay town of Los Gatos packs a ton of family-friendliness into its tiny streets. You’re sure to fall for the charms of this great little town, and will be raving about it to friends and family – so pack for a day-trip and hit the road!

When to go: Anytime, but avoid the peak of summer as it can get super hot there.

Travel time: Los Gatos is located 45 miles south of San Francisco.

What to see/do: Stroll through the quaint downtown area with its upscale boutiques, fine restaurants, and pretty, well-kept stores and houses, and be sure to take the kids to Oak Meadow/Vasona Lake County Park for a ride on the miniature steam train and the carousel. They’ll love the playground there too – it has a real jet plane and an old fire engine to play on. TIP: Go during the week, as weekends can get busy.

Where to have lunch: The downtown Los Gatos Café is the place to go, or enjoy a home-made picnic at the park.

How to dress: No need to bundle up – just remember the sunscreen and hats.

Bonus: Treat yourselves to ice cream at the snack bar for only $1.

Cost of trip: Inexpensive, despite the $5 parking fee. Train and carousel rides are $2 and under 2s are FREE.

Online: www.town.los-gatos.ca.us

—Annie Sheldon