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Heritage Square Museum – Mt. Washington

Architecture lovers, history buffs, design students, and those visiting Los Angeles would all find something to explore at the Heritage Square Museum near Mt. Washington. A museum ticket includes a guided tour of the historic homes moved to Heritage Square from different corners of the city of Los Angeles, beginning with the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument Program in 1961.

The homes at the museum are quite different from the modern architecture in other areas of Mt. Washington. In Montecito Heights, the homes at Heritage Square are examples of the Victorian architecture that was popular in Los Angeles in the 19th century and the early 20th century.

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For example, the Hale House (see picture below) was restored, including the original paint colors and interiors. George W. Morgan built the home in 1887, and it was originally located at 3800 Homer Street.

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The other homes at the Heritage Square include the Perry Mansion, which was designed by E.F. Kysor for William Hayes Perry. The Victorian Italianate home is known for the elegant stairway and the Corinthian columns. It was originally located in Boyle Heights.

An artefact from 1876, the Palms Depot brought visitors and newcomers to California via the Southern Pacific. Today, it is the museum store and visitor center.

It may sound unusual to us now, but houses with eight sides were once quite popular. The Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House (see picture below) is an example of the style. Some argued that octagon houses allowed more light and air into homes. The house was built in 1893 on San Pasqual Street for Gilbert Longfellow who was a farm owner.

Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House

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The gorgeous wood carvings at the Ford House (see picture below), built in 1887, are a sight to behold. The French Mansard roof on the Valley Knudsen House (see last photo below) exemplifies the unique architecture of the west. You’ll also be able to visit the Carriage Barn and the Lincoln Ave Church on site. A new addition to the museum is the Colonial Drug building. George A. Simmons’ family donated original pieces from his drug store, which were used in the museum’s recreation of the space.

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At the Heritage Square Museum, visitors enjoy performances, programming, weddings, parties, and learning about the history of architecture and life in Los Angeles. Heritage Square participates in the event Museums of Arroyo Day, alongside the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum and the Pasadena Museum of History.

Valley Knudsen House

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Other famous homes to see in Los Angeles include the Lummis House, the Greek Revival Nickel-Leong Mansion, and the Gamble House. Mt. Washington is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, and it is located in the Northeast region. Founded in 1909, it sits within the San Rafael Hills. Eldred Street and the Southwest Museum are historic and famous sites in Mt. Washington. While in Los Angeles, also be sure to visit the Kidspace Children’s Museum, the Time Travel Mart, and the Audubon Center.

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The Audubon Center at Debs Park

Los Angeles is home to unique ecosystems as well as a long tradition of public parklands and environmental conservation. In this post, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of one of the city’s most inventive ecological resources, the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

The Center first opened in 2003, designed as a conservation and environmental education center that would allow Los Angeles residents to visit and learn about local wildlife in their natural habitat.

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The Center is situated in Debs Park, the fourth largest public park in the city of Los Angeles. A rolling swath of grasslands northeast of downtown Los Angeles, most of the park’s sprawling acreage is covered in walnut-oak woodland and coastal sage scrub – the same flora that filled the Los Angeles Basin before it became a metropolis. The area has become a haven for birds, and over 140 separate species have been recorded in the park’s environs – the park’s shaded trails are filled with birdsong.

The Center at Debs Park is operated by Audubon California, a state-level field program of the National Audubon Society. Part of the Society’s mission is to engage young people, as well as to cultivate diverse audiences in the Los Angeles area. Designed to serve as a recreation and education venue, the Center is a unique community gathering spot and dynamic focal point for outdoor activity, hands-on environmental learning, and wildlife conservation.

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The Center’s mission is to teach the public about the unique value of nature, inspiring visitors to understand and care for the natural world by allowing them to encounter it firsthand. Community and education programs at Debs Park are engineered to engage children and their families with the outdoor world, giving them a personal stake in safeguarding the environment by showing them how environmental concerns are relevant to their own lives.

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The Audubon Center includes extensive displays about California’s extraordinary bird species, from the scurrying quail to the soaring condor. Visitors can see their feathered neighbors outdoors on monthly all-ages bird walks. Many of the Center’s activities are geared towards introducing visitors to surrounding Debs Park, and the Center’s crowded social calendar also includes guided hikes, community science projects, art classes, musical performances, film screenings, yoga, tai chi, and seasonal celebrations. Most programs are free of charge and open to the public. The park itself is mostly dog-friendly, with facilities for fishing and picnics.

The Center’s ecological mission extends to design – the Audubon Center was the first LEED platinum certified building in the country, and one of the very first carbon-neutral buildings constructed in the United States. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program developed to encourage architects, owners, builders, and communities to plan and construct energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly buildings. LEED is the most widely-used verification system of its kind, and it has become the “green standard” for ecological building innovation.

LEED certification is designed to work for all buildings of all shapes and sizes, from single-family homes to skyscrapers, and the rating system is intended to address many different aspects of environmentally-conscious design: water and energy savings, efficient use of space, renewable materials, and reduced emissions. The Audubon Center at Debs Park holds the highest possible rating, an accolade that reflects everything from its innovative architecture to its ecological advocacy.

A big component of LEED rating is strategic use of space – renewable materials and energy efficient technology can take you a long way, but cutting down on waste also means making sure that every building becomes a durable resource. The Center’s “platinum” certification is also based on its commitment to providing a multi-use public space to members of the community. Not content to rest on its laurels, the Center holds free public seminars on LEED certification and design, so that local home and business owners can learn how to make these improvements themselves.

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The Audubon Center works hard to be kid-friendly as well as environment-friendly, and a big part of its community engagement comes from local school field trips, since Debs Park is preserved as a natural space but maintained as an accessible local parkland. There’s an extensive play and exploration area located just behind the Center buildings with plenty of activities for kids, as well as a short Butterfly Trail perfect for younger hikers. The Center leads group nature walks from the center, and visitors can ask about upcoming hikes at the information desk. If you’d like to take a family or solo hike, docents at the center offer maps and route recommendations for all ages, and the Audubon Center offers backpacks and binoculars on loan for free to park visitors!

Interested in more opportunities for hiking? Check out Eaton Canyon in South Pasadena!

Visit the Debs Park Audubon Center to learn about local wildlife, and then take a stroll around the trails outside to see California’s extraordinary native birds in their natural surroundings!

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Pasadena City College Flea Market

While waiting for the 626 Night Market near South Pasadena to start this summer, get out and enjoy the California sun while visiting the Pasadena City College Flea Market. You may have never heard of a nonprofit flea market before, but this one is the largest of its kind in the state of California. For the bargain hunters out there, you will not be able to resist more than 400 vendors offering deals and the food trucks serving lunch and treats.

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The Pasadena City College Flea Market is located on the college campus at 1570 E Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. It spans both the West Side Parking Lot and the East Side Parking Lot (both of which are covered, so you won’t have to spend the entire day in the sun). The market is run by the Board of Directors, and the proceeds go to a scholarship for college students. Keep the first Sunday of the month free, and go shopping between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.

You’ll find anything you could need and more from the various vendors at the market, including carpets, potted plants and succulents, artwork, sunglasses, handmade ceramics, Halloween decorations, clothing, jewelry, kitchenware, antiques, music, furniture, collectibles, and more. Redecorate your kitchen, find the perfect vase for a bouquet of flowers, and complete your music collection in one trip.

The Record Swap event at the flea market is extremely popular, where shoppers search for and trade records, CDs, and DVDs. You’ll find it on the ramp on the fourth floor in Lot 5.

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The Pasadena City College Flea Market was pioneered in 1977 by Tom and Tim Selinske in 1977. Pasadena City College was founded in 1924; it was originally named Pasadena Junior College until it was combined with John Muir College. Admission to the market is free, and parking is a small fee of two dollars per car. There are also shuttles that take shoppers between the two parking structures.

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles, California in the San Gabriel Valley and the famous home of the Tournament of Roses Parade. While in Pasadena, visit the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Playhouse, Norton Simon Museum, and Old Town Pasadena.

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626 Night Market (near South Pasadena)

Make sure you don’t eat anything before visiting the 626 Night Market, because you’ll want to sample everything there! Originally started in Old Town Pasadena, the 626 Night Market is a huge festival that celebrates delicious and local Asian cuisine of Southern California. The OC Night Market in Orange County, California is also up-and-running this summer. The 626 Night Market was the first of its kind in Southern California, originating in the 626 area code; today, the night market trend is popular in Los Angeles.

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You can learn a lot about the night market by checking it out on Instagram.

The market is the largest Asian market to take place in the United States. The trend is common in Taiwan; the market’s founder Jonny Hwang brought the tradition over to California. To fully experience the night market, you’ll want to taste many of the different food items sold there. The possibilities are endless. Think of it as a tapas bar and sample some of everything. Small plates are usually about $2 and larger portions are $4.

You’ll find a myriad of Asian foods at the market. Chicken wings, duck tacos, fried potato spirals on sticks, ramen burgers, meat and veggies on skewers, tofu, sausages, pancakes, squid, pork belly, korean bbq burgers, sweet potato tots in a waffle cone, steak fries, pho…the possibilities are endless. If you have a sweet tooth, check out the jellies, shaved ice, boba tea, gourmet Belgian waffles on a stick, churros, macarons, etc. You never know what you’ll find.

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Last summer was the fifth consecutive year that the 626 Night Market has been celebrated. It started in 2012, and the streets of Old Town were overflowing. In 2013, the market advertised the creation of the biggest cup of boba tea seen in the U.S. More than 80,000 attendees flood the market where over two-hundred-and-fifty merchants sell food, art, and goods. At the night market you’ll also enjoy live music, dancing, and games. It’s an all-ages event, and there’s something for everyone. It goes on a for a full weekend and features local restaurants, musicians, and artists in the Los Angeles area.

What to Know Before Visiting the 626 Night Market:

-The 626 Night Market is held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California at 285 W. Huntington Drive.

-Parking at the event is free of charge.

-Note that the market is not dog friendly (other than service dogs).

-Tickets are sold at the entrance for three to five dollars (it depends on the location and the day of the week). Children six-years-old and younger are admitted for free.

-Bring cash, because some merchants at the event do not accept debit or credit cards.

Support local business, spread Asian culture, and try new foods this summer. The market is perfect for date night or an activity to do with friends and family. Try something different this summer and treat yourself by getting to know the Los Angeles area and dining options

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The 626 Night Market in Arcadia is open this year the weekends of June 30th, July 21st, August 11th, and September 1st. Tickets are three dollars on Fridays and Sundays, and they are five dollars on Saturdays. The market is open between 4pm and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays and between 4pm and 11pm on Sundays.

The OC Night Market will be held the weekends of May 19th, June 16th, and August 25th at the OC Fair & Event Center in Santa Ana. (Note that tickets to the OC Night Market are five dollars; parking is eight dollars; and it is open between 4 pm and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and between 2pm and 10pm on Sundays).

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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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Jet Propulsion Lab

If you’re visiting or living in South Pasadena, don’t miss out on visiting the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Managed by the California Institute of Technology since the 1930s, the JPL is a research and development facility for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1958, JPL launched the United States’ first satellite, the Explorer 1, into space. Later, the JPL would launch Voyagers 1 and 2 on future space missions. Since July 1, 2016, Michael M. Watkins is the current director of this NASA field center.

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The research and development conducted at the JPL supports exploration and research into astronomy, our planet’s atmosphere, and the climate of the Earth. This research broadens our understanding of the ocean and the terrain in which we live. Simultaneously, the technology advanced at the JPL furthers advances in medicine and industry. To learn more, check out the JPL Fact Sheet.

Every year, the JPL features its special event A Ticket to Explore JPL. If you’re interested, mark your calendars for the event, which is taking place from May 20 to May 21 this year. Tickets become available in mid-March. Keep in mind that ticket times are staggered, so the event will not become congested.

The Von Karman Lectures are offered twice a month on a regular basis. Seating at the lectures is limited, but the lectures are free to the public and parking is available for free as well. Lectures typically take place on Thursdays at the Theodore von Karman Auditorium (named after the JPLs original founder) and on Fridays at the Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College. You can check the events calendar for upcoming lectures.

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Another way to visit the JPL is to take a tour of the facility. Free tours can be reserved to explore the Von Karman Visitor Center, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, and the Space Flight Operations Facility. Visitors also have the opportunity to view the Presentation Journey to the Planets and Beyond at the beginning of a tour. Keep in mind that the tours include walking portions and stairs, and that there is wheelchair access available.

South Pasadena is a city of approximately 25,000 people between Pasadena and Los Angeles in the West San Gabriel Valley.

Other historic places to visit in South Pasadena include:

-All-America Rose Selections’ test gardens

-Rose Tournament House

-South Pasadena Farmers Market

-Cawston Ostrich Farm

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-Rialto Theater

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Rock On at the Eagle Rock Music Festival

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Eagle Rock has several year-round venues, but every October music lovers converge on this Los Angeles neighborhood for the Eagle Rock Music Festival. In this post, we’ll give you the rundown on Eagle Rock’s biggest annual event!

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This local labor of love is now in its 18th year, thanks to the dedicated promoters, nonprofit orgs, and volunteers who have cultivated the event since its humble beginnings in 1998.

In its inaugural year, the festival featured just ten bands, and the audience mostly consisted of families in the neighborhood. This year, the event attracted tens of thousands of fans, and the roster included more than forty musical acts performing on a dozen different stages.

The festival takes over six blocks of Colorado Boulevard, from Eagle Rock Boulevard to Argus Drive. The festival’s epicenter is Eagle Rock’s Colorado Boulevard, but the massive concert has spilled out into auxiliary stages housed in local businesses. Lead organizers are excited to see the festival growing and going strong, but still hope to retain the authentic “charm” of a truly local event. Upwards of nine tenths of the performers are from the Los Angeles area, in keeping with the festival’s local vibe.

The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, a small nonprofit organization that employs just a handful of fulltime staffers, masterminds the annual festival. Planning for the event begins several months ahead of time, early in April, when organizers contact city officials and performers to hammer out a tentative schedule. In keeping with the festival’s neighborhood-friendly ethos, planning is a collaboration between local officials and business owners, the Center for the Arts, and the affiliated nonprofit organizations who oversee year-round music educational efforts.

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Interested in learning more about LA arts initiatives? Read our post about sculpture in Echo Park!

The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock pays for all city permits and services, arrangements which amount to only a small fraction of the planning process for the festival. Admission to the festival is free, but participants are encouraged to give a ten dollar suggested donation, to allow organizers to continue to cover the cost of the festival and continue many of the arts and music programs festival organizers curate in local schools. Each year, more than a hundred businesses, groups, and individuals support the festival with sponsorships and personal donations.

In addition to cultural and community value, the festival is a big financial win for Eagle Rock – the music festival is the single biggest day of the year for local restaurants and shops. Tens of thousands of people visit the neighborhood from all over Southern California, staying to eat, drink, and shop while they listen to local musicians. The integrated structure of the festival, with audiences encouraged to flow freely from stage to stage, is part of the design – many visiting fans use the festival as an excuse to explore downtown venues.

During the festival, Colorado Boulevard becomes a walkable gallery of stages set up for diverse musical acts. As the organizers say, the festival is designed with variety in mind. If you don’t like what you hear, just walk a block down the street and you’ll find something completely different! Annual installations include the Razorcake/Zocaloc Stage, dedicated to hard rock and punk; the Family Stage, for kid-friendly tunes, crafts, and magicians; and the Emerging Stage, which foregrounds indie and local acts.

Local restaurants are generally packed during the festival’s run, and food stalls and trucks crowd the sidewalks. The festival prides itself on having one of the best culinary lineups in the area, and many restaurants near Colorado Boulevard post special menus to celebrate the festival.

Whatever you like to listen to, the Eagle Rock Music Festival has something you’ll love. If you’re planning to visit Eagle Rock, consider scheduling your trip around this vibrant local festival!

Interested in more public arts collaborations? Read about murals in nearby Echo Park!

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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.

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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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Summertime Blooms at the Echo Park Lotus Festival

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In addition to colorful murals and a renowned culinary scene, Echo Park, Los Angeles hosts an annual celebration of Filipino and pan-Asian culture and community.

Looking for more information on Echo Park? Check out our post about the Lady of the Lake!

The Echo Park Lotus Festival takes place every year in July, when the lotus plants on the north side of the park adorn themselves with delicate pink and white flowers. The pond at Echo Park holds the largest lotus bed in the United States, and the annual display is breathtaking. The festival has been an annual tradition for more than three decades, apart from a three-year hiatus when the park was closed down and the pond drained for a multimillion-dollar renovation.

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During the festival, red Tori-gate style decorations are installed over Echo Park’s arching bridges, along with white pavilions to protect festivalgoers from the blazing July heat. Crowds typically spill out onto the surrounding streets, and the events at the festival are designed for strolling, sampling, and freeform enjoyment.

Since its revival in 2014, the festival has expanded to include dragon boat races, traditional dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, and more. The festival’s focus is on Asian traditional arts and cultural events, but the summer festival includes a diverse mix of live music and food vendors, and the summer schedule means that it’s always a popular draw for all of Los Angeles. Although it is slightly smaller post-hiatus, the Lotus Festival is still one of Los Angeles’ largest outdoor events.

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Dragon Boat Races – Photo Credit: Lacitypix.wordpress.com

The all-day festival offers free admission and entertainment, but the many craft and food vendor stalls price their merchandise individually. Hungry visitors can find sit-down meals as well as handheld goodies like tacos, bibimbap, or mochi ice cream.  The dragon-boat races on the first day are among the most popular events, as teams race across the pond in boats with painted dragon figureheads and tails.

Each year, the festival organizers choose a theme – for 2016’s festival, for example, the festival honored Korea, with traditional dance performances and special attention to traditional Korean music and crafts. The perennial lineup ranges from Hawaiian and Tahitian dance performances to Taiko drummers to mainstream fare like jazz, rock and roll, and R&B. Entertainment runs from noon until late summer nightfall each day of the event, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy a range of performances, demonstrations, and dining.

If you’re looking for a summer celebration full of music, art, and delicious treats, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at the Echo Park Lotus Festival!

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The Echo

Start the New Year with some excellent music at The Echo and The Echoplex in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Spend 2017 dancing at these amazing music venues where some of the biggest names in music as well as local talent plays on a regular basis. Coming up this month, see bands like Flying Hair, CHILD, Rav Little, The Regrettes, Modern Funk Fest DJ Summit, You Blew It!, Milemarker, and more.

The Echo and its sister venue The Echoplex are known as big venues featuring independent music in L.A. These venues are also known for some of the “best club nights in Los Angeles.” You can get in free on Mondays (“Monday Night Music”), book tickets to see your favorite bands, check out new, local talent, come for dance nights, spoken word performances and/or all ages nights. The Echo recently hosted the Echo 15th Anniversary festivities.

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Planes Mistaken for Stars at The Echo (photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/EchoLA/photos/a.10154181895386334.1073742021.42706081333/10154181897211334/?type=3&theater)

The Echo, located at 1822 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California, is open every day between 9 pm and 2 am. It has hosted performances by Green Day, Incubus, Beck, Pixies, LCD Soundsystem, Air Traffic, Foster the People, Rancid, The Rolling Stones, The Decemberists, W.A.C.O., and more. You can park on the street for free or pay for valet at the venue. While in The Echo, you can order drinks at the full bar and enjoy Two Boots Pizza, which provides gluten-free and vegan choices. You will need an ID and be 18 or older to enter, unless you’re going to an all ages event.

The Echoplex, which is larger than The Echo, is located downstairs at 1154 Glendale Blvd. The separate entrance is through the alley. Bands like NIN, Thom Yorke, Wire, Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, The Mars Volta, the Sadies and the Adolescents, and more have performanced at this famous club. Separate admission is required to enter The Echoplex. You may have heard it referred to as “below The Echo,” since it is directly below it. There’s also an outdoor patio with an area for smoking.

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Amine + Jimi Text at the Echoplex (photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/EchoLA/photos/a.10154179248201334.1073742020.42706081333/10154179249726334/?type=3&theater)

The Echo and The Echoplex offer a weekly newsletter and a blog that both publish and share news and information about upcoming events and concerts. These night clubs also have a big social media presence and a website where you can book tickets in advance. You can pay cash at the door, but many events sell out ahead of time.

If you haven’t been to the Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, it is known as the home to many Hollywood celebrities, beautiful homes, and amazing nightlife and dining options. It is bordered by Silver Lake, the Elysian Valley, Downtown Los Angeles, and Chinatown.

Other places to visit in Echo park include:

-Dodger Stadium

-Elysian Park

-Echo Park Lake

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