Los Angeles area museums and Botanical Gardens are great places to visit on hot summer days. Here are some of my favorite places to spend time with my boys and a few ideas for getting some time for yourself. Links to summer activity schedules are provided. Enjoy!
The Getty Center in Brentwood and The Getty Villa in Malibu offer a variety of talks, tours, activities and concerts for kids and families throughout the summer. This link will take you straight to the complete schedule. Click here to see ways to prepare your kids for a Getty visit. This page also has a link to a museum-themed games page - not just good Getty prep but a fun and educational way for kids to spend some quiet time on the computer while you drink your coffee.
The Norton Simon Museum at 411 West Colorado Blvd in Pasadena is one of my favorite places in town. Click here for information on their Family & Children Programs. The lovely sculpture garden is a secret hideaway kind of place. Take a few moments for yourself there some warm afternoon after you have seen the Ellsworth Kelly lithographs inside (the exhibit runs through August 23rd.) Finish your escape with a frozen yogurt treat from 21 Choices (just down the street at 85 West Colorado) before picking up your kids.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art continues the Family Sundays Program in June, July (except July 4th) and August from 12:30 - 3:30. For a full schedule click here LACMA
Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge offers summer camps for children entering grades 2-6 and 1 hour long "Toddler Treks with Acorn Bear" on Fridays beginning June 18th. Even if you don't do a special program, a hot day spent in this beautiful 150 acre space will keep everybody cool (er) and happy. Descanso is open daily from 9-5. General admission is $8, students and seniors $6 and kids 5-12 are $3. The Cafe is open daily from 9-4:30 for a cold drink. The Enchanted Railroad runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4 and costs $3 a passenger.
The Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino will give you and your kids with another welcome respite from the heat. The Huntington offers family centered programs and camps with availability as of this writing as well as unique, nature centered opportunities to earn Brownie and Girl-Scout badges. Whether or not your kids participate in one of these programs, The Huntington, with its big trees, cool and lovely Japanese Garden and water filled Children's Garden is a great place on a hot day.
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