With Summer just days away, I am gearing up for the going out! I am blessed beyond all measure to live in this amazing City. Los Angeles offers so much culture, geography, food and free activity’s that there’s no way boredom can strike.
No, lie. I’m never bored! Not to mention the weather is literally always 75 degrees. ((Sorry, not sorry.)) But this post isn’t just for my local natives. It’s intended for everyone! If you are visiting LA with children, make sure to seek out these hidden destinations. And I encourage you to seek adventure in your hometown. The beauty about this planet, is found in the diverse nature of each of our communities. So get seeking! Here’s our favorite hangouts. You can be sure to catch us in one of these 5 destination spots during the summer.
Basically a little boys dream. Trains everywhere inside of Griffith Park. There’s also a little train that takes passengers around the park. We like to throw birthday parties here. Some snacks are available but there is no diner, cafe etc. so bring lunch! They also close early so check the hours before hand by clicking here.
$9 per child over 12 months
$7 per sibling or child 6-12 months
With two locations in Bel Air or Eagle Rock, Peekaboo Playland is an upscale version of Chuck-E-cheese ((Minus the smell, crazy kids and giant rodent dressed in only a tee-shirt.)) It’s often quiet and the kids are mostly well behaved. That’s because there’s a strict policy on play. It’s great for during the week when its rainy outside or just too hot. The hidden destination makes it so charming and almost like a little getaway. I love how there is an infant’s only room upstairs with baby toys. It’s a must visit for any Momma.
Right next to the Science Center ((which is also free to visit)) the Rose Garden is a gorgeous way to spend the day outdoors. There are rows and rows of beautiful flores and a water fountain in the center of it. I let the kiddos run around and drain their energy before riding the train back home. We ride the Metro to skip the parking and it stops just feet away from the Rose Garden. If you fancy taking fotos like me, you will love this landmark in central LA.
Although this isn’t really a park, it IS a landmark destination that is often sought out but never found. You really have to poke around to find the Silverlake stairs. Thankfully, these heart stairs are located across the street from Alfred’s Coffee making it easier to spot. So grab a Coffee and let your littles explore a unique neighborhood nestled in the hills of Silverlake.
Lastly, when the temps raise above comfortable, we head west to the beach. But often times, that’s what 50 billion other Mom’s decide to do therefore making the beach crowded and no es divertido. But the Annenberg Beach House is a great second option. It’s right off PCH and North of all the hustle-N-bustle of Santa Monica. The water fountain in particular is where we hang. The pool can be a bit intimidating for littles and babes so the spouting water provides a cool way to spend an otherwise un-bearable hot day. They do however charge for parking. I usually pay $6 for two hours. I like how they provide free sunblock from a dispenser just in case you have Mommy-Brain and forget yours!
“If you are going to own something, own the experience.” Where do you like to go when the weather is nice?