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Best Kids & Family Activities in South Pasadena

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Although South Pasadena is just 3.5 miles of area, but it packs a strong punch. South Pasadena’s city mission is to stay small, making plenty of room for mom-and-pop shops and creating the perfect family environment. There is a strong sense of community in the area, and kids are the center of that community. The South Pasadena neighborhoods are charming, and parents have plenty of opportunities to keep their children engaged. Here are some of the best kids and family activities in South Pasadena:

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Amy’s Playground

Amy’s Indoor Playground is the perfect place to take your little ones. The business was founded and continues to operate by Amy, a South Pasadena mom that always has the children’s best interest at heart. The shoe-free, carpeted indoor playground is designed to be challenging, stimulating, and a blast for anyone who joins.

What to expect: a huge bounce house with a slide, miniature houses and cars, and even a balloonist once a week that makes awesome balloon creations. And the space is also built to be just as cozy for adults: there’s a quiet reading area, free coffee, picnic tables, and a bring-your-own-food policy (though drinks and snacks are available for purchase). And at just $8 for a day pass, it’s a steal.

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 Visit Garfield Park

If the weather’s on your side, take your kids over to Garfield Park––a South Pasadena staple. This is a town where parks are the focal point of the city, and it shows when you arrive. There are six parks in total in South Pasadena, and Garfield easily ranks at the top for many residents.

This beautifully-landscaped park sits on seven acres, has plenty of picnic tables throughout, two tennis courts, a fire pit, and is even home to the Summer Concert in Parks series. Other events, (especially during the holiday) take place here, too. Keep an eye out for Eggstravaganza, an Easter egg hunt happening on March 31st, and check out the park’s website for more upcoming events. At the northern end of the park is the The South Pasadena Children’s Memorial and Healing Garden, a place reserved to memorialize young Pasadena residents who have passed away.

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Kids Klub Summer Camp

At Kids Klub, there’s an endless supply of fun. Michael Wojciechowski, CEO & President of the Kids Klub, says, “Our philosophy is a ‘Back to Basics’ approach where we provide a safe, clean, and stimulating environment for children to play, learn and grow in, while teaching the children self-esteem, respect, and responsibility.” Part of what makes the Kids Klub unique is their mission to mix fun with education by providing stimulating “Discovery Areas” that allow children to learn in a hands-on environment. There are a variety of services available: infant care, pre-school, after-school, and evening and weekend drop-off services. Prices are provided in “membership” tiers by season. Check out their site for more details.

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The Dinosaur Farm

The Dinosaur Farm is specialty toy and book store in South Pasadena, and if your children weren’t fans of these prehistoric creatures before, they just may be after they step through the Dinosaur Farm door. Everything dinosaur is found here: cups, puzzles, games, merchandise, inflatables, party supplies, and much more.

There are also other collectibles outside of dinosaurs to be found. But it’s not just about buying a handful of toy gear; what makes this place so great is the experience it offers. The store opened in 1994, and has received a handful of awards and press mentions since. Forbes Magazine listed the Dinosaur Farm as one of the Top 10 Amazing Toy Stores, alongside nationally recognized brands like FAO Schwarz.

Partake in Parade Festivities

The city puts on the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade annually, and it’s an event you don’t want the kiddos to miss. Every year, this floral-based event takes on a different theme. In 2016, the theme was “Find Your Adventure,” while 2018’s theme was “Making A Difference.” The event coincides with the Rose Bowl Tournament festivities, where several cities in the area make a float to contribute to the high-energy parade event.

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San Pascual Stables

South Pasadena’s San Pascual Stables make for an ideal day-trip during a warm day. Like many local businesses in South Pasadena, San Pascual is steeped in history. The center has been in operation since 1978 and has been offering premier horseback riding lessons ever since.

The expert instructors work with any type of rider, at all age levels. The Riding Academy also offers “Mommy (or Daddy) & Me” lessons, as well as a summer camp program for children who really enjoy horses. They also host events during the holidays, like the free San Pascual Holiday Horse Show this past December, which offered pony rides, games, and food.

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Kidspace Children’s Museum 

The Kidspace Children’s Museum is Southern California’s premier family destination, and one look at their reviews can attest to this. There are so many activities here, that you’ll have to check the lineup to see what’s happening during a particular time. It’s true that Kidspace has it all: fun physics classes, art lessons, mud to play in, science experiments, playgrounds, and tunnels galore. These sites and exhibitions allow your children to explore, have fun, and learn. Check out the Free Family Night, which occurs on the first Tuesday of every month.

Best Family Spots in Echo Park

As Echo Park real estate continues to break price tag records and more people migrate to the area, you might be wondering what family-friendly activities you can partake in. Echo Park is popular spot for young adults, with some of the best restaurants and venues in Los Angeles, but what about your little ones? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are six of the best family spots in Echo Park.

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See A Show At The Bob Baker Marionette Theatre

There’s a reason why the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre has so many stellar reviews on Yelp; it’s the perfect show for families and provides some of the most unique entertainment in East LA. The description for the company’s upcoming show, “Something To Crow About,” perfectly sums up the entire experience: “The most enchanting place on Earth… A place that exists in every child’s imagination, and is a warm glow in the secret heart of the adult.”

Originally started in 1963, it’s the oldest children’s theatre in Los Angeles and was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. Every year, the performance utilizes over 2000 handcrafted puppets for a show-stopping puppetry performance. During the holidays, the company also runs festive-themed productions like Bob Baker’s “Nutcracker” and “Holiday On Strings.” Admission to the space is free for children under two.

Echo Park Lake

Echo Park Lake has stunning views of downtown Los Angeles and serves as the epicenter of the community. Whether you’re walking along the park’s paths, having a family picnic, or pedaling across the lake on a pedal boat, there’s plenty to do here. Other activities you can indulge in include fishing, guided canoe and gondola tours, and a visit to the boat house.

See A Dodgers Game

What’s a more classic family outing than a good ol’ fashioned baseball game? Fortunately, the Los Angeles’ Dodgers Stadium is right in Echo Park, so families don’t have to go too far. Sit back and relax in the sun with a hotdog or bag of peanuts. Maybe one of your kids will even catch a ball. Before you go, check out these tips for taking your kids to a baseball game.

Visit Button Mash

Right around the corner from the Dodgers Stadium is Button Mash––an ideal family outing for your average weekend, with better than average arcade games and cuisine. With an impressive lineup of old school video games, this food-fun hybrid is ringing with energy. Classics like “Food Fight” and “Ms. Pac Man” keep the little ones entertained, and a diverse food menu ensures that everyone has their fair share of good food and leaves with a full stomach.

Buy Something at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart

For a quick trip back (or forward) in time, take the family to visit the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. Here, you can purchase magazines like “Self Defense For Time Travelers” and groceries like “Robot Milk,” “Mammoth Chunks” and “Fresh Dinosaur Eggs.” Of course, the entire thing is a gimmick, but it’s all a part of the adventure. The store was created by creative company 826, who also have other unique retail locations in Brooklyn and San Francisco.

The store also doubles as a non-profit; in the back, students are taught creative and expository writing, and all proceeds go towards funding lessons. If you’re interested in what they’re up to, you can purchase student publications in the freezer.

Cool Off at Icy Rush

Icy Rush Co creates Latin-inspired ice cream flavors from scratch. This artisan creamery originally started by catering to children’s parties, and still does––only now, they’ve expanded to provide a nostalgic ice cream experience for families everywhere. Flavors include Horchata, coffee cake, coconut flake, smores, and Mexican chocolate. The ice-cream boutique uses only organic ingredients, and also has vegan and dairy-free ice cream options. On Wednesdays, single scoops are doubled for free.

Kidspace Children’s Museum

A trip to the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena is the perfect outing for parents and children. Spend quality time with your children at the museum while they enjoy learning about science, art, nature, and more. The museum spans three-and-a-half acres and offers activities and programming for children between one and ten-years-old.

Kidspace Children’s Museum facilitates Free Range Learning in over 40 interactive exhibits in a safe space. By creating a friendly and fun environment where safety and diversity are valued, children are given the opportunity to learn about the world and develop an affinity for learning of all types. Children under one-years-old are admitted for free, gift cards are available for purchase, and events and classes are offered.

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According to the Association of Children’s Museums, “children learn through exploration and play.” Both of these are offered in multiple forms at the Kidspace Children’s Museum. It opened in 1979 at the California  Institute of Technology. The museum relocated to Pasadena in 1981 and moved to the Brookside Park location in 2002. Since 2004, in Arroyo Seco, the museum runs out of the historic Fannie Morrison Horticultural Center. As of 2009, more than one million visitors have been admitted to the museum.

The Physics Forest Exhibit opened at the museum in Pasadena, featuring 12 interactive exhibits like the Bottle Rocket, the Wheel Roll, and the Giant Lever. There are 8 more exhibits in the Arroyo Adventure in the Kidspace Gardens, which opened in 2016. The Storyteller Studio recently opened in the Roberts Pavilion. The creative space — where children play dress up, practice with puppets, act out stories, and create art — is designed for three to six-year-olds, but it is open to other ages as well.

The Early Childhood Learning Center is a space for children ages three and under to explore and learn with their parents. These younger children will encounter different textures and spaces to learn about in the Shiny Stream, Twisty Tunnels, Tinker Tables, Shapes and Shadows mobile, and Nuzzle Nests. Private nursing areas for mothers are available in designated spaces in the museum.

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Children ages four and up can use tools to build and learn about technology in the Imagination Center. In Arroyo Adventure, The Hawk’s Nest involves a fun climb; the Flood & Erosion exhibit allows children to play with sand to learn about water flow; and the Infant & Toddler Area offers sand, quiet time, and a seating area. In the Harvest Corner, children learn about food, agriculture, health, and the plant life cycle. Tricycles are available for riding with helmets on the Trike Tracks, music events take place regularly, and children in The Dig practice early introductions to paleontology.

The Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, California near the Rose Bowl. Check their website for the hours and ticket prices. Free Family Nights are available on the first Tuesday of each month between 4 pm and 8 pm in the evening. (These free nights are first come, first serve for admission.) While there, check out the Kidspace Cafe and the Busy Bee Learning Store. The space is also available to rent for events and for birthday parties. Birthdays may be held in the Celebration Center, Galvin Physics Forest, Arroyo Adventure, Exhibit Pavilion, or the Stone Hollow Amphitheater with a reservation made ahead of time. Look out for annual events like the Caterpillar Adoption Days and the Pumpkin Festival.

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Top Activities for Kids in Eagle Rock

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Eagle Rock has also become a popular neighborhood for younger couples purchasing their first homes, which means that the area is extremely family friendly. Sunny weather year round makes it easy to plan outdoor fun, and Eagle Rock’s proximity to Downtown Los Angeles means a busy events calendar. If you’re looking for exciting activities for your little ones, Eagle Rock has plenty on offer. In this post, we’ll give you the rundown on the top activities for kids in Eagle Rock!

Eagle Rock Recreation Center

The Eagle Rock Recreation Center has it all – three baseball diamonds, a basketball court, a gymnasium, two football fields, a tennis court, a children’s play zone, and two picnic areas with barbecues. Whether you’re planning a birthday cookout or just want to give the kids a chance to run around outside, Eagle Rock Recreation Center has got you covered.

Interested in learning more about Los Angeles parks?  Read our post about sculpture in Echo Park!

Peekaboo Playland

Looking for an indoor spot on one of SoCal’s rare rainy days? The Peekaboo Playland is an inventive indoor play space where your kids can run around for hours. In addition to craft tables and plenty of Peekaboo Playland’s own eco-friendly toys, the space holds a ball pit and pretend play area that will spark kids’ imaginations on even the dreariest of rainy afternoons. There’s also unlimited coffee and wi-fi access for parents hoping to catch up on work while kids play.

All Star Lanes

This family-friendly bowling alley boasts twenty-two lanes, pool tables, an arcade filled with newer and vintage games, and a cocktail lounge to provide a classy parental retreat. Staff members are happy to provide bumpers for smaller kids who need an assist.

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The Awesome Playground

Just like the name says, this indoor-outdoor playspace offers playground rides, climbing structures, hands-on learning exhibits, kid-size ride-on vehicles, playhouses, and towering bouncy slides. Kid-friendly entertainment also includes “Guitar A Tots,” a spirited weekly Friday sing-a-long, “Arts and Crafts,” and “Painting Time.” The indoor-outdoor setup is perfect for bringing your own picnic lunch.

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland

If your kids want to get crafty, there’s no better place than Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. Pint-size jewelry makers can string beads into their own unique creations, which can then be strung by staff. Kid-friendly layout trays make it easy for even small children to create colorful earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

Eagle Rock Canyon Trail

This trail offers you a winding mile-long walk through one of Southern California’s most stunning landscapes, including a perfect vista from which to see all of the Los Angeles city and skyline. Best of all, you can show your kids the neighborhood’s eponymous “Eagle Rock,” a local landmark said to resemble an eagle. Pack a picnic or some snacks and enjoy the day outdoors!

Interested in more hikes and nature walks?  Visit Elysian Park’s Wildflower Trail!

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Purple Twig

Purple Twig is an art exploration studio with a range of course offerings, including “Mommy and Me” classes for young children. At drop off classes running throughout the week, kids ages three to nine can enjoy hands-on practice with a variety of media, including painting, clay sculpture, ceramics, drawing, and collage. Saturdays from ten to four, kids can visit an “open studio” session and work one-on-one or in supervised groups with an art docent. Open studio classes focus on a new technique every week, and past entries have included mural painting, sewing, and papier maché.

The Little Beast

If you’re looking for a culinary upgrade from Chuck E. Cheese, The Little Beast is sure to please both parents and progeny – this stylish Echo Park bistro offers tasty Mediterranean fusion cuisine like sautéed scallops and braised short ribs with mustard greens for adult palates, but they’ve also got a healthy-yet-delicious kids’ menu including comfort food like mashed potatoes, roasted chicken, and tasty broccoli, as well as a Little Beast Jr. Burger and fries.

Fosters Freeze

Established in 1946, Fosters Freeze is California’s first fast food chain, and one of the oldest franchises in the nation. If you grew up anywhere in the Golden State, you’re probably already familiar with the signature vanilla soft-serve cone logo. Their famous soft-serve ice cream is available in cups, cones, sundaes, and banana splits. They also sell burgers, fries, and other drive-in fare for customers in need of a more substantial lunch.

As you can see, there’s a lot on offer in Eagle Rock for families in search of kid-friendly entertainment and activity. Check out one of these neighborhood destinations for a fun-filled excursion!

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