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Top Family Activities in Mt. Washington

The neighborhood of Mt. Washington in northeast Los Angeles among the San Rafael Hills is located nearby multiple activities the whole family can enjoy. Read on to learn about even more reasons to love living in sunny Los Angeles.

Kidspace Children’s Museum

Take your children on an educational and memorable adventure at the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena (near the Rose Bowl and located in Brookside Park). The museum specializes in providing children the opportunity to learn about science, nature, art, and more through interactive exhibits and environments and museum programming. Kids under 1 get in free and programming is offered for kids between 1 and 10-years-old. The pairing of learning and play teaches children to discover the joy of learning. At the same time, the museum setting encourages families to play together and spend quality time with one another. Various exhibits are also set outdoors, so children can enjoy time outside and learn about physics. Free Family Nights take place between 4 pm and 8 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. Go to the museum’s website for more details, visitor information, hours, and ticket pricing.

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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Does creating your own soda flavor sound like something your family would enjoy doing together? We think it sounds like a one-of-a-kind experience! Craft your own soda at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop. Once a family-run grocery store, Galco’s offers more than 400 soda flavors. John F. Nese transformed his family’s store Galco’s Old World Grocery into a soda store. The original Italian deli still serves up its famous Blockbuster sandwiches within the store. The Soda Creation Station offers 100 cane sugar syrups. Customers mix their choice of syrups with carbonated water. If you’d rather take home premade soda, your choices are endless. Galco’s carries national flavors, international flavors, and a whirlwind of options. Sodas to choose from include egg cream, dandelion, butterscotch, passionfruit, cucumber, guava, honey, vanilla, strawberry, rhubarb, rose, mango, peach, chocolate, birch, caramel, lavender, and more. Galco’s also stocks 600 types of beer and bottles of champagne, wine, cider, and mead. Kids will enjoy browsing retro and vintage candy and toys. You can also shop from Galco’s online store (a minimum online order is 6 bottles of soda).

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LA River Kayak Safari

Spend a weekend in Elysian Valley and explore the Los Angeles River on the LA River Kayak Safari. With 4.0 stars on Google and 4.5 stars on Yelp, this adventure company is making a splash. LA River Kayak Safari offers two adventure options: an easy and a difficult adventure experience. Different sections of the river measure at different difficulty levels, including both lazy river areas and Class II areas. Get away from city life for a day with your family and learn how to do some urban paddling on the river.

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Moon Canyon Park

Take a traditional trip to the park with your family and enjoy a day at Moon Canyon Park. At 300 San Rafael, Moon Canyon Park is the perfect place to let your children enjoy the playground, go on a trail with the family and your dogs, and feast on a picnic in the sun.

Mt. Washington was founded in 1909. It’s home to the Self-Realization Fellowship and Eldred Street, one of the steepest streets in Los Angeles. To learn more about Mt. Washington, visit Real Estate Unlimited’s website.

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The Food Scene In Mt. Washington

While you’re out and about enjoying the scenery in Mt. Washington and visiting historic and educational sites (like Heritage Square Museum, Southwest Museum, the Lummis House, Judson Studios, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, and more), you’re bound to get hungry. Mt. Washington is nearby a vibrant food scene. Check out the following cafes, restaurants, and walk-up eateries where you can feed your hunger while exploring Mt. Washington in Los Angeles.

Taco Fiesta

Taco Fiesta is an eatery with a walk-up window in Highland Park and near the Southwest Musuem. This taco stand is known for excellent customer service and delicious food. Neighborhood favorites are the carne asada torta, the avocado fries (french fries covered in avocado stuff), and the crunchy tacos. The menu also includes burgers, carnitas, and el pastor. You’ve been warned though, the fries come in big servings. Ask a friend to split them with you.

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Division 3

Division 3 is another walk-up eatery in Glassell Park and near Mt. Washington. Make Divison 3 a stop on your next walk. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio, and the kitchen is open between 7 am and 3 pm. Customers enjoy breakfast all day on the weekends. Popular options on the menu include the corn beef biscuit, chorizo breakfast biscuit, bacon biscuit, french toast, yogurt parfait, and smoked salmon biscuit.

Gloria’s Cafe Highland Park

If Mexican comfort food is something you crave, then you have to stop at Gloria’s Cafe in Highland Park. You’ll find gourmet avocado toast with eggs or bacon, enchiladas suizas, and breakfast tacos with cochinita pibil (pork). The house breakfast is served up with eggs black beans, avocado, and queso fresco. Or try something different with the restaurant’s original churro waffle, salmon toast, and tamale with tomatillo sauce. End the perfect comforting meal with flan or bread pudding to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Parsnip

Seeking more Los Angeles comfort food? Try out Romanian cuisine at Parsnip on York Boulevard in Highland Park. One of the owners of the restaurant is Anca Caliman, who hails from The Lemon Poppy Kitchen team. Taste the Romanian salad, goulash, and polenta. The most popular item is the dumplings. Other items to try include the soup, salads, and wraps.

Lemon Poppy Kitchen

Customers enjoy polenta cakes and eggs, plachinta breakfast, sweet potato hash, and cauliflower hash at Lemon Poppy Kitchen. Sip on cold-brew coffee in mason jars while enjoying fresh sandwiches, salads, or breakfast with homemade apricot jelly.

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The Melt Spot

Hop over to Colorado Boulevard for some crepes and milk tea at The Melt Spot. Whether you want a sweet or a savory breakfast, you’ll find something The Melt Spot. For breakfast, try the smoked salmon crepe, the chick and pesto crepe, the banana and nutella crepe, and more. They make boba for milk tea, offer various gelato flavors, and serve up ice blended coffee drinks. Stp in for lunch for a panini and frappe, or come by to snack on a brownie.

Cafe Birde

Take your dinner on Figueroa Street at Cafe Birde. The gorgeous bar and the beautiful outdoor seating area are both fabulous spots to dine at. Try the Arroyo Cup (mezcal, green chili vodka, cucumber, and lime) or the El Diablito (Tequil, mezcal, creme de cassis, lime, agave, and sparkling rose) cocktails while waiting for your plates of Moroccan-spiced fried chicken, grilled trout, braised meatballs, and more.

Turning Fire

Rotisserie chicken will never get boring as long as Turning Fire plates creative and innovative chicken dishes. Located in the Eagle Rock area, this rotisserie kitchen offers natural, seasonal food. The LA Street Fries (hand-cut fries covered in chile corn, picked red onion, cotija cheese, scallions, and cilantro lime creme) a big crowd pleaser and are on the Nite Bites Menu (offered after 5 pm). Other popular items include the Trenchtown Bowl (arugula, baby spinach, jerked chicken, jicama, red peppers, white yams, pickled carrots, scallions, corn, cashews, Caribbean pepper dressing) and the Grilled Steak Plate. Don’t forget to try some of the creative drink options at Turning Fire like the Pink Palmer (pink lemonade and iced tea), agua frescas, kombucha, and cold-brewed coffee.

Spoke Bicycle Cafe

It’s easy to feel lost as a cyclist or a pedestrian in a big city. Swing by the Spoke Bicycle Cafe on the Los Angeles River Bike Path in Elysian Valley (also known as “Frogtown”). Laurie Winston and Rich Latronica wanted to open a community spot where people can enjoy being active and enjoy delicious, healthy food. You can get your bicycle fixed, rent a bicycle, buy accessories, records, and t-shirts, and enjoy community events, all in one spot. The Spoke Bicycle Cafe cooks up banana peanut butter toast, breakfast scramble, California chopped salad (greens, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, beets, corn, etc.), burgers, avocado toast on sesame sourdough), smashed blackberry and goat cheese toast, and more. There are gluten-free and vegan versions of most dishes. Breakfast is available all day, including bagels from Maury’s. If thirst is what you’re feeling, then choose an espresso drink, fresh lemonade, wine, beer, and kombucha.

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Kitchen Mouse

If gluten is a problem for you, then you have go by the Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park. Erica Daking started by catering out of her home kitchen. Today she serves up her food at Kitchen Mouse. Everything in Daking’s kitchen is vegan and is free of gluten and refined sugar. Additionally, her menu marks items that are soy free and nut free. Check out breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends at Kitchen Mouse. The Moro’s cakes are the most popular item (black bean and brown rice vegetarian patties). Vegans will appreciate the tempeh ruben, Avocado TLT (avocado, tomato, and tempeh on millet and flax toast), and the House Pancakes (oat, buckwheat, and corn flour with fruit, coconut, and maple with coconut whip). If a traditional breakfast is what you’re craving, then try the huevos rancheros, french toast, breakfast tacos with cilantro serrano slaw and organic corn tortillas, and the chilaquiles. Kids will love the gluten-free, vegan mac, the grilled cheese, and the snickerdoodle pancakes.

For lunch, order the dal bowl (brown rice, red lentil dal, cucumber mint salad, and chutney) or the buffalo bowl (brown rice, black beans, collards, yams, and buffalo sauce).

Let your taste buds guide you, and enjoy the food scene in Mt. Washington!

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Southwest Museum

Explore the culture and the history of Mt. Washington in Los Angeles. Mt. Washington is a historic neighborhood located to the west of South Pasadena and north of Cypress Park. It’s known as the home of the Self-Realization Fellowship, Heritage Square Museum, Eldred Street, and the Lummis House. All of these are lovely destinations, but museum lovers can’t afford to miss visiting the Southwest Museum in Mt. Washington.

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The Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection is the first museum of Los Angeles and is located at 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, 90065. It specializes in exhibiting and preserving artifact­s and artwork from native American and Latino communities. It was founded in 1907 by the Southwest Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and journalist Charles Fletcher Lummis. Charles Lummis was the same Lummis of the Lummis House built in 1897. He was known for his photography of American landscapes and portraits of Native American Indians. Lummis was an outspoken activist for Native American rights and throughout his life he collected Native American artwork. The museum building was erected in 1912. Today, the museum is the Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus, and in 2003, the museum merged with the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum of the American West.

Museum hours are between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturdays, and admission and parking are  free.Visitors may inquire about tours, programming, special events, and lectures. Exhibits and features at the Southwest Museum include:

-Ethnobotanical Community Garden

-Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery (featuring over one hundred pieces going as far back as the sixteenth-century)

-American Indians of the Great Plains

-Tunnel Entrance (contemporary artwork is on exhibit in the pedestrian tunnel entrance that is accessible from Museum Drive)

-Kaufman Collection

-Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale

-California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection

-Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction

-Archive and Braun Research Library

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Currently, the collections at the Southwest Museum are being moved to the Resources Center of the Autry, a new building in Burbank, California. The Autry is also dedicated to the preservation of the Southwest Museum building and work on that project is underway.

As of January, 2015, the Southwest Museum was recognized as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is also recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. The Friends of the Southwest Museum is an advocacy group that formed in 2003 when the merger between the Autry and the Southwest Museum began. The goal of the Friends of the Southwest Museum is to see the Southwest Museum continue to show exhibitions and provide education and culture to schools and communities in northeastern Los Angeles.

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Other historic sites to visit in Los Angeles include:

-Historic Route US 66

-Casa de Adobe (Missions)

-Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

-Griffith Observatory

-Los Angeles County Museum of Art

-Getty Center

-La Brea Tar Pits

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