Fun stuff to do with kids in Los Angeles

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The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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This outdoor mall was designed to look like its own mini city. With a dancing fountain as the main attraction, and the a grassy community area for movie screenings during summer nights. The mall has its own trolley, locomoting around its "city center," stopping at the opposite sides of the mall. Trolley down "Main Street USA", in this family-friendly trolley, then watch the dancing fountain-work show. If high end restaurants are your thing, this mall offers a view, as well as its share of high end fashion stores, an Apple Store, cafe's, an ice cream store, a chocolate store, and an American Dolls Store. There is also a movie theater on site.
Sharona, 27 Cultural Ambassador
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
The Grove Drive
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225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
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The Brentwood Country Mart has been a cute and chilled out shopping spot for families and all locals since opening in 1948. It is full of great stores like Jenni Kayne, Broken English and Calypso, and has yummy casual eats like the beloved Reddi Chick (fried chicken tenders), Farmshop (restaurant and market) and one of the best ice cream places in the city, Sweet Rose Creamery. When I was a kid Reddi Chick was everything, and now I stop at Sweet Rose Creamery every time I'm on my way home from the beach!
Kristen, 40 Music Executive
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
Brentwood Country Mart
1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
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An amazing place to spend a day, visit the gardens and tour the variety of different flowers and plants that change seasonally. Pro Tip, pack your own lunch and enjoy eating outside underneath the large maple trees
Randee, 42 Lifestyle & Hospitality Publicist
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
Descanso Gardens
1840 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Sweet yoga and healing spot in Peter Shire's old studio space, nestled between echo park and Elysian Heights. I love they have a variety of several disciplines and not just one style of yoga. This is the first place I went for healing when I moved to LA. Classes to meet every type of schedule, budget and interest: early morning vinyasa, restorative, candlelight yoga, soundbaths with gong, yoga + Pilates, yoga + reiki and community acupuncture. An absolute not-to-miss is Desert Music Magic Meditation with Grammy award winner Alex Wand. Off to space land you go!
Amanda, 44 Intuitive Healer and Creative Practice
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
Yogala Studios
2700 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
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Unwind at this 24-hour Korean Spa. It’s epic. $20 admission and you can hang out as long as you want. The hot tubs are fun, but the special spa rooms upstairs are incredible. There’s one where you lay on clay balls. Another that’s constructed out of salt. Bring a book/magazine, and grab some tea and ramen from their restaurant. Massages and spa services are available for an additional fee. It’s a family-friendly social scene in the lounge area.
Annie, 27 Media Creator
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
Wi Spa
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1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
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IT’S THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH (if you go on a weekday or off-season weekend). The characters. The churros. The pickles. Just suck it up and get a Park Hopper Pass, because Disneyland is classic and California Adventure is awesome (+ serves alcohol). Seriously, it’s the American dream.
Annie, 27 Media Creator
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
Disneyland Resort
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USC School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
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Want to see an “American University”? USC’s alumni include Will Ferrell, Neil Armstrong & George Lucas. It looks like Harvard-- not surprising, since most “college movies” were filmed at USC or UCLA. Go inside Doheny Library for a treat (it looks like Hogwarts). For any Legally Blonde fans, her “Harvard Dorms” are the front of Bovard Auditorium. Eat at Morton Fig Restaurant in the center of campus. Go north of campus to 28th st. to see “The Row” with classic sorority & frat houses. Go south of USC to the LA Rose Garden (beautiful!), Nat History Museum, Science Museum & LA Coliseum (home of 1984 Olympics).
Annie, 27 Media Creator
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
USC School of Cinematic Arts
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Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Rent a paddleboat for only $10 per hour, the best value in all of LA! If you’re sneaky, you can bring along *refreshments* for the boat. You get palm groves, views of downtown, and prime people watching. Quinceanera photoshoots are common. Expect to see lots of joggers and birthday picnics. Support the food vendors-- I live for the cheesy corn and fruit with chili! If you’re tired, the Echo Park boathouse has a cute cafe.
Annie, 27 Media Creator
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
Echo Park Lake
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403 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
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If you want a quiet place to read, study, or just chill out this is the right place. This is a family-owned neighborhood shop that comes complete with a library, a study, board games, free wi-fi, and outdoor seating. They're even dog friendly! You can take a book, if you leave a book or just read the book while you're enjoying the atmosphere. This is the introvert's dream in such a busy city.
Shauna, 30 Copywriter
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Bricks and Scones
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5110 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204, USA
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Moonlight Rollerway is a blast from the past. It's an old-school roller rink that plays mostly 80s and 90s music. It's cheap, and super fun with the right group of friends. A lot of people dress up (my friends did a Bob's Burgers theme the night we went) and they even have Blue Raspberry slushies! $9 admission, $5 skate rental, Priceless fun.
Shauna, 30 Copywriter
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Moonlight Rollerway, Inc
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5200 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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A great place to bring the kids, it's a train museum with several trains parked outside for them to climb in and on. You can even have a birthday party here and eat inside one of the old train's dining cars. Kids just love this place!
Todd, 40 Entrepreneur
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
Travel Town Railroad
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200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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I note this park not for it's events, of which there are plenty: weekend fitness boot camps, weekend concerts (June-Sept), holiday fireworks, and the most popular 'Summer Sunday Sessions' Dance Parties, but for the fact it is lined with the Best Food Trucks for lunch during the week! If you follow it's Twitter: @GrandPark_LA you'll get the daily list. Some of my faves: @RiceBallsOfFire @Boba_ni_Taco
Patricia, 55 Director of Right2Left
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
Grand Park LA
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285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA
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Okay. This place blew my mind. I've never seen anything like it before. Not kidding, probably 30,000 people were walking around at night with tons, tons, tons, of Asian foods to try. It's a festival, it's a cultural celebration, it's a market at night. I can imagine this is what the markets in Asia must feel like. The music was crazy, the people were colorful, the experience was amazing. Here's the problem, this only happens during the summer on certain weekends. But I swear—if you are in the LA area this summer, you m*****f******* need to go to this. Google "626 Night Market" and thank me later.
Anthony, 36 Dating and Social Development Coach
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
626 Night Market
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29 Lighthouse St, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, USA
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I'm giving all my secrets away! Basically, people this Marina Del Rey is a private beach as there's no sidewalk. But that's false. You can easily find a parking spot and walk right onto the empty beach and enjoy yourself without the anxiety of being accosted, crying kids, half-nude elderly, etc. Just you and your friends. There's some volleyball nets nearby. Bonus: This is the perfect 2nd or 3rd date destination at night time. Bring a blanket, a ukulele, a camera, and some snacks. Prepare to blow-away your date. Bonus 2: There's a nearby pier where seals hang out. Yesterday I was on the beach and talking to a seal who came onto the shore.
Anthony, 36 Dating and Social Development Coach
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
29 Lighthouse St
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