When your usual entertainment options don’t seem quite so entertaining anymore, it’s time to shake things up. Consider giving convention a mighty heave-ho with the following out-of-the-box outings:
What the heck is a grunion, you ask? And why would I want to see it run? So glad you asked! Grunion are little silvery fish that occasionally wash onto shore by the thousands, bury themselves halfway in the sand to lay eggs, and then catch the next wave or two back to sea. Whether you’re a nature lover or just itching to veer off the beaten path of LA to-do’s, this late night spawning party, which leaves the beach shimmering with sea life, is truly something to behold. Your best chance of witnessing the phenomenon is at high tide during a full moon between March and August – make sure to check the schedule before venturing out. And don’t forget bring a flashlight and a bucket (and a fishing license if you’re over 16) if you want to collect bait…or dinner. Cabrillo Beach has a special grunion program, but they can be seen at all Southland beaches.
The Mayan Theater
1038 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Take authentic Mexican masked wrestlers, throw in some burlesque striptease, outrageous comedians and some ‘little people’ and you’ve got one of the most raucous, racy, and original events our fair city has to offer. Luchavavoom (their motto is “Sexo y Violencia) entertains thousands of fans every other month at the Mayan in Downtown Los Angeles. The high flying action-packed wrestling matches alternate with saucy stripteases. Careful with those front row tickets — regulars warn a luchadore (Mexican wrestler) will mostly likely land in your lap. The flowing tequila, jamming mariachi and souvenir photo ops with your favorite strippers and wrestlers all help channel your inner “vavoom.” Make sure to go to the website and sign up for their newsletter for details. The Halloween show is not to be missed!
Meido Kissa/Japanese Tea
Royal T Cafe
8910 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Fancy a spot of tea? Let the masses head for The Huntington or The Peninsula while you sip surrounded by Japanese pop art in this funky concept café and exhibition space in Culver City. Rocking the hipster vibe of Tokyo’s electronic district, Royal T offers high tea featuring a delicious assortment of sweets and sandwiches served by charming Japanese waitresses dressed in sexy French maid uniforms. It’s all a nod to the “meido kissa” trend catching on throughout Asia where the service staff dress as elegant maids to make customers feel at home and relaxed. If you’re hungry for more, there is a full French/Japanese/Fusion menu. Just don’t forget to check out the little gift shop with cool art, books and novelties.
Malibu Creek State Park
1925 Las Virgines Rd.
Agoura Hills, CA 91376
1750 North Altadena Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91107
When the kids start to whine about going to the beach for the gazillionth time, you know it’s time to reconsider your cool-down locale. Why not consider a good ol’ fashioned swimming hole? From shallow wading pools to dark, deep craters, they each have their own unique character and are often at the base of a beautiful waterfall. And since the majority of swimming holes are fed by underground springs, they are full, fresh and chilly all year round. The good news and the bad news is that most are off the beaten path so be prepared to hike for your little slice of paradise. Most kids can manage the trek to the Rock Pool at Malibu Creek State Park and Eaton Canyon, but there are others that intrepid hikers can find, too.
Join a Flash Mob
Show me someone who hasn’t been transfixed if not inexplicably moved to tears watching a flash mob on TV or YouTube and I’ll show you the ultimate curmudgeon. There’s just something about a choreographed routine breaking out amidst an unsuspecting crowd that says joy! Thanks to Flash Mob America, you shake your tail feather in secretly planned routines all over SoCal. Whether busting out the moves for a couple’s engagement party or at charity events supporting The Trevor Project or Japan Relief, participants rave about the chance to meet new friends, help a good cause, and of course dance like they’ve never danced before. Locations are a secret, so sign up for details.
Noelle Wright is a freelance writer and producer living in Los Angeles. When she’s not working, she’s looking for cool things to do with her 7 year old son Theo. She will not be taking him to Lucha VaVOOM.