Continued post (at Universal Studios)...
We tried Butter beer, which was kind of like mixing cream soda and root beer, and we tried Pumpkin juice - pretty nasty stuff, actually. The rest of Universal Studios was fun, but the kids favourite ride was the Hippogriff ride, and the Transformers one Jeff liked the best.
We spent another day exploring LA, including Rodeo Drive, the Getty Centre and the car museum.
We timed a day at the beach perfectly - sunny and full of interesting people. Santa Monica beach kept the boys busy trying out all the "work-out" stations, and I thought it was better than "Muscle Beach" at Venice Beach
We stayed in Newport Beach for the last couple of days, and it was much more laid-back and so, so beautiful.
None of us really felt like we wanted to go home yet, so it must have been a great family holiday.