L.A. is a fantastic city--and we've got local's only tips to share. The next time you head to sunny Los Angeles bring this list from Bethany Winters, Editor, of L.A. Stylist Mom. She's a kindred fashion spirit and has shared Ten Unexpected Family Outings in L.A.
1. Bob Baker Marionette Theater: Having been around for 50 years, Bob Baker is an L.A. mainstay. In an old-school downtown nabe, it's the real deal and they do birthday parties!
2. Griffith Park: Home to what seems like endless kid attractions, I must say I feel fortunate to leave so close by. Be sure not to miss Travel Town, complete with real (inoperative) vintage locomotives and two tiny working train rides for $3 a pop! There are pony rides, an old-fashioned (and gorgeous) carousel as well as Shane's Inspiration, the first Universally Accessible playground in the Western United States.
3. Aloha Beach and Surf Camp: Sponsored by Billabong, this bona fide surf camp is located in one of the prettiest parts of Malibu. With programs for both little and older kids, they also have sign up on a per day basis, but hurry - space goes quickly!
4. Huntington Gardens: The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens located in San Marino near Pasadena, was found in 1919 and to this day remains one of the most beautiful spots in all of Los Angeles - perfect for a leisurely stroll or family picnic.
5. Museum of Natural History Butterfly Pavilion () I do this with my boys every year and it never gets old - for any of us! You enter into an enclosed pavilion, rife with what seems to be an endless species of butterflies. If you're lucky, they'll even land on you (if that's your thing)! Be sure to check out The Museum of Natural History itself - there's an amazing hands-on area for kids downstairs.
6. Santa Monica Pier An all around kid-fest, the pier has been a long time L.A. beach staple. Some of it's original charm remains and it's always fun to go for Skee-ball, soft serve and to dip your toes in the Pacific.
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7. L.A. ZooHaving recently undergone a face-lift and re-design, the Los Angeles Zoo remains one of my favorites. Albeit comparatively smaller than some others, they focus on conservation and hands-on kid activities (including a petting zoo where kids can brush the animals). There's an incredible state-of-the-art playground, a tram, and beautifully landscaped shady walking trails.
8.The Original Farmer's Market at 3rd & Fairfax Although now connected to outdoor shopping at The Grove, little has changed at The Farmer's Market since its inception in 1934. Packed with food stalls from B-B-Q to donuts, it's a virtual treasure trove of old-school goodies. The market part is still there and you can grab a wooden cart and shop fresh meats and produce to your heart's content. When the kids get bored, grab a chocolate dipped cone and hop the old-fashioned trolley to the movies at The Grove.
9. Universal Studios Tour: Better for school aged-kids, this tour is still the original. Although including tourist-y attractions such as a simulated earthquake, it's still pretty cool to see where JAWS was filmed, The Leave It To Beaver and Psycho houses, and (quietly) drive through 'hot' a.k.a. real-life film sets. Everyone should do it at least once!
10. The Page Museum at The La Brea Tar Pits: Yes, it's real! And amazing to see one of the world's last remaining tar pits smack in the middle of the city of Los Angeles. Home to fossils and life-size extinct mammal replicas, this tiny gem remains one of my faves in all of L.A. The kids will love it too!
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