Barnsdall Art Park
Sunday Mornings at Barnsdall Art Park are happening. No need to bring anything except the kids. Built in the 1920’s this hidden park in the middle of Hollywood was originally built to be used as a community for artists. After many years of being forgotten it was revitalized and put to use for its original function. Let your kids get dirty as they push their creativity limits through use of different mediums and art projects. Join in on the fun every Sunday from 10am-12pm – admission free.
Children’s Zimmer Museum
Imagination is the name of this game! Located in the Miracle Mile, this interactive museum ignites exploration, play, learning, and community within your little ones. Exhibits include a pretend café, a demo airplane, a make believe boat filled with plastic balls , a wall exhibit based on Jewish charity values, and so much more. It is easy to spend the whole day at the Zimmer.
Check out their monthly calendar to see which free events like sing a longs, open art studio, and story time are offered each day.
Griffith Park Observatory
Are you the kind of parent that buys math workbooks for your kids and assigns homework even though its summer? Then you are going to love the Griffith Park Observatory! This Hollywood monument explains the physics of our universe in a visual way that will make it easy to trick your kids into learning something even though it is summer.
Surprise your family and treat them to a toasty bonfire at Dockweiler Beach with a smore making grand finale. This will earn you major points with the kiddos. Feeling like a daredevil? Take a creative spin on traditional smore making by adding a few novelty ingredients like peanut butter or bacon! Check out some ideas here
Malibu Creek State Park
Go on an old fashioned hike. Who would have thought kids still enjoy romping around in the outdoors….but they do! Malibu Creek State Park is great because it’s not far from the city center, but it is still far enough that the kids will feel like they are going on a real adventure in the wilderness. Dress them up in little explorer suits and off you go into the oak covered hills of Malibu. Overnight camping is also an option for a real summer slumber party.
By Karen Queller