Updated: Aug 14, 2019
The summertime can be both enjoyable and fretful. Enjoyable if you have means and access to do fun education and memorable things as a family; and fretful if you don’t. Some families opt for summer programs that are fun filled with trips and activities, while others opt for strictly academics. At LIMAI we believe that there should be a balance. That kids can have fun, make great memories and get a little learning in. Below is a list of some fun places to visit this summer. These places have been chosen for their uniqueness. For the next few weeks we will post different things for you to do and experience with the family. Remember, summertime is about building memories. Some of my fondest summer memories were of visiting a few of these places and others like them, with my dad while my mom was at work during the summer.
Wildlife Learning Center
16027 Yarnell St – Sylmar, CA 91342
Opening hours: 11am-5pm
Adults $9; teachers, veterans, seniors, children (15 and under) $7; children 2 and under free
This suburban sanctuary has everything from monkeys to foxes. You can have close encounters a two-toed sloth, a lynx, a porcupine and many more. You can request photos with these cute creatures and Zeus, the blind owl will greet you in the gift shop.
Kidspace Children's Museum
480 N Arroyo Boulevard at W Holly Street - Pasadena - 91103
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 9:30am-5pm, Sat, Sun 10am-5pm; open Mondays spring and summer Price: $13; free under-1. Parking free.
This interactive children’s museum offers a wide variety of exhibits and entertainment, from the Kaleidoscope entrance to the educational gardens and the Splash Dance water feature in the central courtyard. “Kidspace Children’s Museum is an industry leader in the field of informal, free-choice education whose mission is to nurture the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences, inspiring them to become joyful, active learners. In its over 35-year history Kidspace has become known for seeking out new ways to bring children and families together to learn and play.” -Kidspace
Star Eco Station
10101 W Jefferson Blvd - Culver City, CA 90232
Opening hours: Sat, Sun 10am-4pmPrice: $8; $6-$7 discounts; free infants. Parking free.
This wildlife rescue educational facility, was built from recycled materials. They provide care for unwanted exotic animals, many of which have either been donated or seized by the government. You can see and touch some of the animals while learning about endangered species, environmental concerns and how kids can make a change. Call or check their website for different exhibits.
Children’s Book World
10580 West Pico Boulevard - Los Angeles, CA 90064
Opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Sat. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
With bookstores nearly inexistent, this is truly a gem. They over 80,000 titles, as well as music, audio books, DVDs, puppets, stuffed animals and craft and science kits. The store is well-organized and divided age-appropriately. There are spots to cuddle up with a book and play areas. They often hold book signings and story hours. Call for more details.
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W First St - Los Angeles, CA 90042
Opening hours: Sat-Sun 2:30pm; Mon-Fri 10:30am shows by request
A historic cultural monument in Los Angeles, and it is shear magic to witness the marionettes come to life in the darkened theater space. Kids can purchase a puppet after the show. They are even treated to free ice cream (and coffee for adults), and a backstage tour. Call for pricing and special events.
All the above events cost, but this is a freebee that’s sure to be a hit with little kids.
In the middle of Griffith Park and all it has to offer, including the merry-go-round (which is mere steps away), pony rides, Travel Town/Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum, the Los Angeles Zoo and the Griffith Observatory.
This is the first universally accessible playground in the Western U.S. and the largest in the nation, this giant, play area is the most popular in Los Angeles: Kids can make like astronauts inside the “Lucky Star Chaser” spaceship, man the controls in an airplane cockpit, access their inner pirates on the “Adventure Ship,” safely land on the soft, rubberized surface beneath the many slides, swings, monkey bars, zip lines, and much, much more!
This article was written by Dr. James Gray as a public service announcement. Dr. James Gray is the School Services Director at Limai Academy and has been in education for over 15 years.