1818 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Hours: Open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Right here in this funky hipster neighborhood there are a variety of family friendly locally-owned shops and restaurants, so you don’t have to venture far and you can enjoy window shopping and strolling. Skylight Books is a great example. One of a dying breed of independent book stores, it is a short walk from the Sunset/Vermont Metro station. They offer a different sort of feel and experience than some of the bigger chains.
2230 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Hours: Open weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Families have a lot to choose from. The Levitt Pavilion offers a summer concert series that includes performances that are kid friendly. In addition the park features a lake, a children’s play center and picnic areas.
Echo Park Lake
1751 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Very popular for its perimeter trail, Echo Park Lake is a beautiful spot for exercise, relaxation, and play. The lake offers fishing, a boat house, picnic areas and more. And if you look closely, you might spot a celebrity or two!
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
The IMAX Theater
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Just a short drive away, the California Science Center is another treasure trove of activities for children. As a father I really appreciate places that offer interactive exhibits and activities. It is fun for me to watch my children engage in fun while learning something about the world they live in.
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Hours: Open to the public from 5:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bridle trails, hiking paths, and mountain roads are closed at sunset
The park is a virtual treasure trove of activities for the whole family. Consider for a moment that you can go hiking, biking or horseback riding in the park. You can ride a carousel in the morning and ride a train in the afternoon. Or maybe you’ll roam around the zoo for a few hours and then follow up with a trip to the Observatory. There is more than enough to do to fill your day.
- Joshua Wilner is a writer and father of two children.