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Hollywood’s Best Fun For Kids

August 26, 2010 11:21 AM

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Actress Emma Thompson (C) is joined by actors Hugh Laurie (back R) and Maggie Gyllenhall (back 2R) as they unveil Thompson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actress Emma Thompson (C) is joined by actors Hugh Laurie (back R) and Maggie Gyllenhall (back 2R) as they unveil Thompson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (photo credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Hollywood doesn’t have to be Holly-Weird. In fact, Hollywood offers a wide variety of fun options that will keep families watching, learning, exploring and playing together. Here are just a few.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California

Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 2002 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Grauman’s Chinese Theater

6801 Hollywood Boulevard
(323) 464-811
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A 75-year-old Hollywood landmark, Grauman’s Chinese Theater is one of the most renowned movie theaters in the world. The theater opened in 1927 with a star-studded premiere event of Cecil B. DeMille’s “The King of Kings,” and since then has been one of the most popular locales for Hollywood movie premieres. Families will enjoy seeing the hand and foot-prints of their favorite celebrities in the cement of the theater’s forecourt. And on some days they might be treated to the spectacle that is Hollywood’s elite walking down the red carpet to attend the latest movie premiere. The theater is situated next to the Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex, and is on Hollywood’s famed Walk of Fame.

The El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California

Interior view of the El Capitan Theatre from 2002 in Hollywood, Calif. (photo credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

El Capitan Theater

8838 Hollywood Boulevard
(818) 845-3110
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Originally established in 1926 as “Hollywood’s First Home of Spoken Drama,” El Capitan Theater was a center of activity for Hollywood’s live theater community in the 1920s and 1930s.. In 1941, the theater hosted the world premiere of Orson Welles’ Academy Award-winning film “Citizen Kane,” and was then closed for remodeling to re-emerge as The Hollywood Paramount – a modern movie theater. From 1989 – 1991 the theater was remodeled again – restored to its original state via a partnership between the Walt Disney Company and Pacific Theaters. Today it is the exclusive first-run theater for Disney pictures. In addition families can enjoy live performances and showings of classic Disney pictures on the big screen. Situated across the street from the Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex, the El Capitan Theater’s Spanish Colonial exterior and East-Indian design interior are stunning.

A woman stops to examine a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

A woman stops to examine a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea and Vine
(323) 869-4311
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While visiting the Mann Chinese and El Capitan theaters, families must take a few minutes to visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thousands of stars have been planted in the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk between La Brea Avenue and Gower Street, and on Vine Street between Sunset Boulevard and Yucca Street, celebrating 50-plus years of Hollywood’s finest. Additionally, children will enjoy having their pictures taken with some of their favorite characters from the big screen – including Batman & Robin, Megatron & Optimus Prime, Lightning McQueen & Mater, and Cinderella & Snow White – and everything in between. They can usually be found on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Center on Hollywood Boulevard at Highland.

Lucky Strike Lanes

Lucky Strike Lanes (photo credit: http://www.bowlluckystrike.com)

Lucky Strike Lanes

6801 Hollywood Boulevard
(323) 467-7776
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After a certain point the kids could get tired of all of the looking and walking. Good thing the Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex has Lucky Strike – accessible from Highland Avenue. Complete with 12 lanes (bumpers for the kids, too), a classic photo booth and food and beverage for all, Lucky Strike is a great place to have some family fun. At 7 p.m. the alley is 21 + only and transforms into a bona fide night spot with a DJ spinning mash-ups…in the event that mom and dad have the ability to get out for an evening of fun later.

Hollywood Toys & Costumes

Hollywood Toys & Costumes (photo credit: http://www.hollywoodtoysandcostumes.com)

Hollywood Toys & Costumes

6600 Hollywood Boulevard
(323) 464-4444
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A mainstay of Hollywood for more than 50 years, Hollywood Toys & Costumes provides costumes, makeup, novelties and more to L.A. tourists, locals and the entertainment industry. Kids will enjoy browsing for hard-to-find masks and costumes for Halloween and other occasions. And parents just might walk away inspired to dress up for Halloween themselves!

- Jennifer Vides blogs at JenniferVides.com.

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