Dads aren’t known for their adeptness at figuring out daughters, but a little father/daughter day never hurts. From slipping out for an hour to grab a scoop of ice cream to spending the day at some of the area’s best museums, these awesome area options promise the perfect father/daughter moments.
Nine O’clock Players
1367 N. St. Andrews Place
Los Angeles, CA 90028-8529
Opened in 1929 for children, this theater was tailor made for father/daughter days. Families together can watch their favorite children’s storybook come to life on stage. Plays are based on stories that have spanned the generations. This children’s theater is a father/daughter favorite because it promotes reading, invites audience participation, uplifts audiences with music and dancing, and enchants with the magic of fun special effects.
Boone Children’s Gallery
6607 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Boone Children’s Gallery inside of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers families the opportunity to explore creative, artistic outlets together. It’s a relaxing way to enjoy quality time with your child and to learn about the arts. Fathers and their daughters can paint side by side at Boone’s Children gallery in regular classes. Every Monday families can also enjoy storytelling time together. This gallery is a free, educational, hands-on and engaging venue for families to avoid summer heat and make lasting memories.
712 N Heliotrope Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029
The child in everybody loves ice cream. Choose from your favorite ingredients for the ultimate snack during the warm summer months. Scoops is notorious for its unique ice cream, gelatos and sorbets, carrying flavors such as brown bread, green tea and ginseng — even beer. Explore the flavors, then hit the flavor board to suggest a flavor of your own, making this place perfect for any kid whose ever wanted to create a new favorite.
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
The California Science Center is filled with exhibits that will captivate both mature and young audiences, boasting more than 100 free exhibit halls. To top it off, it plays some of the most thought-provoking IMAX films that amaze viewers with the gigantic visuals, special effects and a highly sophisticated sound system. Explore foreign lands, join an adventure and learn about life, ecosystems and human inventions. The California Science Center is a fantastic way for fathers and their daughters to immerse themselves in a historical journey.
The Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite A
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Add excitement to any day by visiting this more than 100-year-old attraction. Take a mini tour, learn about this historic location and make an adventure out of the day. At the Santa Monica Pier, families can enjoy sunshine, inhale the ocean’s scent, be refreshed by the cool breeze and search for dolphins using the pier’s telescopes. Add some interactive fun to the mix by challenging kids to midway games. There are more than 18 to choose from. Next, hop on a roller coaster for some fast-moving fun. Kids will enjoy rides like the classic merry-go round, Inkie’s pirate ship, sea planes and the air lift. Another way to bond is with a good conversation starter like the Pacific Wheel Ferris Wheel, the world’s only solar-powered ferris wheel. End the day with a meal and some shopping on the boardwalk.
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Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.