Providing local insight into the best schools in and around where you want to live on Los Angeles' eastside.

Family Fun

Silver Lake / Los Feliz / Downtown

Barnsdall Art Park: 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 485-2116

Website: http://www.barnsdallartpark.com/

Programs include the adult and youth art classes at the Barnsdall Art Center and the Junior Arts Center, the Barnsdall Art Center and the Hollyhock House; museum education and tours programs at the Municipal Art Gallery, the Junior Arts Center Gallery and the Hollyhock House; theater programs at the Gallery Theater; and, numerous festivals during the year that celebrate the cultural diversity of the community.

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Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 1345 W. 1st St., Los Angeles (213) 250-9995

Website: http://www.bobbakermarionettes.com/

Bob Baker Marionette Theater is the longest running children’s theater in Los Angeles. All of the marionettes, puppets, props, and costumes are made on-site. Shows are performed Tuesday- Friday at 10:30 AM, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. General admission for children and adults is $20, children under 2 are free.

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Sew LA: 1637 ½ Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake (323) 665-7097

Website: http://www.sew-la.com/

Sew LA is a sewing studio that offers small-sized classes for children and adults who want to learn how to sew. A variety of fabrics are available for purchase in the studio.

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Secret Headquarters: 3817 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake (323) 666-2228

Website: http://www.thesecretheadquarters.com/

Secret Headquarters offers a sophisticated take on the traditional comic book store. Specializing in comic book culture, Secret Headquarters features the best in graphic novels, trade paperbacks and monthly titles.

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Reform School: 3902 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake (323) 906-8660

Website: http://www.reformschoolrules.com/

Reform school is a quaint shop in Silver Lake that sells home décor, cards, and stationery. The support local artists and offer art classes.

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Downtown Art Walk: Locations vary

Website: http://www.downtownartwalk.com/

The Downtown Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of the many art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles – commercial art galleries, museums, and non-profit arts venues. It is held on the 2nd Thursday of ever month from noon- 9PM and admission is FREE. Please visit the website for a printable map of the Downtown Art Walk.

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Studio A Dance: 2306 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake (323) 661-8311

Website: http://www.studioadance.com/about/about.shtml

Studio A Dance is a neighborhood studio that offers classes in several forms of dance — Ballet, Jazz, Hula, Belly, and Modern. They also have ongoing classes in cardio workout, stretch, capoeira, acting workshops and children’s dance.

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Silver Lake Recreation Center: 1850 W. Silver Lake Dr., Silver Lake (323) 644-3946

Website: http://www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/silverLakeRC.htm

The Silver Lake Recreation Center offers classes for children, adutls, and seniors, including aerobics, arts and crafts, yoga, drill team, story writing, line dancing, needle work, painting, and tai chi. The Rec Center also offers summer day camp and sports teams for children. Sports include ballet, baseball, basketball, flag football, and soccer.

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Griffith Park

L.A. Zoo: 5333 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park (323) 644-4200

Website: http://www.lazoo.org/

The L.A. Zoo is a great place for children to explore animals from around the world and the habitats they live in. The Zoo also offers animal tours and shows. A great place to spend a fun-filled family day!

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Travel Town: 5200 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park (323) 662-5874

Website: http://www.traveltown.org/index.shtml

Kids can go aboard and explore dozens of old time railroads and locomotives. Exhibits offer information about travel in the olden days. A step back in history and lots of hands-on fun!

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Griffith Park Observatory: 2800 East Observatory Ave. in Griffith Park (213) 473-0800

Website: http://www.griffithobs.org/

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

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Gene Autry Museum: 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park (323) 667-2000

Website: http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/

Through innovative exhibitions, a broad range of programs and extensive collection of art and artifacts, the Autry National Center explores the distinct stories and interactions of cultures and peoples, and their impact on the complex, evolving history of the American West

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Griffith Park Pony Rides: Crystal Springs Drive near Los Feliz Blvd., Griffith Park (323) 664-3266

Website: http://www.laparks.org

Here’s where to go for your childen’s first pony ride. And the second, third, fourth, and fifth! The Griffith Park pony rides are designed to carry children from when they’re toddlers (strapped to the saddle), to when they’re old enough to trot around by themselves on a big pony

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Glendale / Burbank

Pickwick Gardens: 1001 West Riverside Dr., Burbank (818) 845-5300

Website: http://www.pickwickgardens.com/

Spend a day of family fun, skating to music and relaxing in our lounge which is equipped with a full-service snack bar and video arcade. Pickwick Bowl offers a friendly & courteous environment with all the necessities to have a great time.  They have 24 synthetic lanes, computerized scoring system, automatic bumper system, fully-equipped Pro-Shop, full-size snack bar, full-size bar, and a rockin’ arcade.

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Moonlight Rollerway: 5110 San Fernando Road, Glendale (818) 241-3630

Website: http://www.moonlightrollerway.com/

Moonlight Rollerway is a historic landmark offering roller-skating classes, parties, and recreational skating. Call for open skate hours and how to host a birthday party there!

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Los Angeles Equestrian Center: 480 West Riverside Dr., Burbank (818) 840-9063

Website: http://www.la-equestriancenter.com/main.htm

The Equestrian Center is a 75-acre property that hosts horse-riding events and meets and offers horse-riding classes to all ages. A beautiful, lush, and quiet place to watch an event or learn how to ride a horse!