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Leisure & Entertainment in the Arroyo Verdugos
Fun Places to Go

This is not a one-size-fits-all list of fun places: it's a smorgasbord. You know the drill: fill your plate with whatever looks good to you. But if you happen to taste something that's too spicy or yucky, don't eat it. Just put it back on your plate when nobody's looking.

[Theme Parks][Comedy][Movies][Kids Stuff]
[Coffee & Books][Music & Theater][Racier Stuff]
[The Great Outdoors]

Since this is a "mixed list" meant for everyone, chances are very good that most of these won't appeal to you in particular. So just ignore the boring stuff, and find the stuff that was listed here just for you.

If, on the other hand, nothing on this list looks like fun to you, then probably one of two things is true:

  1. You are a sick-twisted-sociopath, or
  2. We are deceived, repressed, Neanderthals who never learned the meaning of the word fun

If it's the latter, please rescue us from our pathetic, miserably shallow lives and tell us how to really have fun!

Comedy Clubs

The Comedy Clinic
at the Ice House

The Ice House

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Movies, Movie Theaters, Multiplex Cinemas

Glendale's Alex Theatre
Classic films in a classy setting
Courtesy of The Alex Film Society
Show schedules: (818)242-4870

The Rialto Theater
1023 Fair Oaks Ave.
South Pasadena

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Fun for Kids of All Ages

American National Academy of Performing Arts
10944 Ventura Blvd.
at Vineland Ave.
Studio City

Bob Baker Marionette Theatre
1345 West 1st. St.
at Glendale Blvd.
Echo Park

Brand Art Studio
1601 W. Mountain St.
at Grandview Ave.

KidsArt Gallery
2609 Honolulu Ave.
at Rosemont Ave.

Kidspace Museum
390 S. El Molino Ave.
between Del Mar and California Blvds.

Los Angeles Children's Museum
310 N. Main St.
near Temple St.
Los Angeles

McGroarty Arts Center
7570 McGroarty Terrace
near Valaho St.

Montrose Children's Theater
Sparr Recreation Center
1613 Glencoe Way
off Verdugo Rd.

Ultrazone, Sherman Oaks
14622 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks

Perfect for kids of all ages. Ultrazone promotes a drug-free, smoke-free, alocohol-free environment, with many special events dedicated to children, especially during the summer and after school. They even offer exciting adventures for the "big kids" (adults!) later in the evening.

Wildlife Waystation
14831 Little Tujunga Cyn Rd.
Angeles Forest
Lake View Terr.

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Places to Enjoy Art

Local Art Galleries

Art Exhibits, Traveling Displays

Forest Lawn/Glendale and Forest Lawn/Hollywood Hills

Statues, Sculptures, and other permanent displays of art

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Science, History, and Architecture
(Or "a bunch of educational places to drag the family" or "ideas for school field trips" or "field trips for homeschoolers" or "themepark alternatives")

Arboretum of Los Angeles County
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91006

Autry Museum of Western Heritage -- Los Angeles

Burbank Historical Society -- Burbank

Casa de Adobe
4603 North Figureroa St.

Open for special events only. Please call the museum for further information.

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

El Alisal
Lummis Home and Garden
200 East Avenue 43 (110 Freeway at the Avenue 43 exit)
Highland Park, CA 90031
Hours - Friday through Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m., closed major holidays
Admission - Free

The grounds of El Alisal have today been developed as a two acre, water conserving landscape garden, featuring Mediterranean and native California plants. Since 1965 the home has served as the headquarters of the Historical Society of Southern California.

El Molino Viejo
1120 Old Mill Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
Hours - Tuesday - Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.*
Admission - Free

El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill) is the Southern California headquarters of the California Historic Society where changing exhibitions relating to the history of the state can be seen.
*Call museum for holiday schedule

Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California -- Long Beach

Glendale Historical Society -- Glendale

Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Heritage Square
3800 Homer Street
Highland Park - 90031
(Exit the Pasadena, 110 Freeway, at Avenue 43)
Hours - Wednesday through Sunday, including most major public holidays from noon to 4:00 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day and December 1st through New Years Day.

Admission is charged. Children 11 and under are free.
Heritage Square Museum is supported by public contributions and an extensive group of volunteers in carrying out its mission. Here, within the original Spanish land grant for el Pueblo de Los Angeles, on the left bank of the Arroyo, Southern California's history comes to life in an authentic setting.

Jewish Historical Society of Southern California -- Los Angeles
Bus Tours of Jewish L.A.

Mount Wilson Institute
P.O. Box 60947
Pasadena, CA 91116

Pasadena Historical Society -- Pasadena

San Gabriel Mission
537 West Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Southwest Museum
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(213)221-2163 and (213)221-2164
Hours - Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission - There is an admission charge, children under 6 admitted free

Southern California's first museum was founded by the Southwest Society of the Archeological Institute of America in 1907, and formally opened in Highland Park on August 1, 1914. It contains some of the finest examples of American Indian art and artifacts in the United States, ranging from prehistoric pottery to contemporary works.

Changing exhibits feature selections from the museum's extensive collection and traveling shows of such topics as contemporary American Indian art, Hispanic folk art, and historical photographs.

An excellent research library is open to visitors


More ideas (links coming soon) ...

  • Hollywood Trolley Tour by Starline Tours
  • Red Line Tours; Legendary guided walking tours of Downtown or Hollywood
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Kodak Theatre Guided Tour
  • Los Angeles Music Center Tours
  • Peterson Automotive Museum on Wilshire
  • Museum of Tolerance (Holocaust Center)
  • Miniature Golf at Golf N' Stuff
  • MOCA Grand Avenue and Geffen Contemporary
  • Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building
  • Bowers Museum
  • Grapeline Wine Country Tour in Temecula
  • Discovery Science Center
  • LEGOLAND ® California
  • Wild Rivers Waterpark

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Music & Theater

Glendale Centre Theatre
324 N. Orange St.

The Hollywood Bowl

The Pasadena Playhouse
39 South El Molino Ave.

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Racier Stuff

The Comedy Clinic
at the Ice House

Santa Anita Park
285 West Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91066

Ultrazone, Sherman Oaks
14622 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks

Schedule your next party or meeting at the Zone and watch your group come to life! Dodge lasers, and strategize with teammates as you compete for high scores and glory in this futuristic version of Capture the Flag. Ultrazone will customize arrangements to suit any size group and schedule.

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The Great Outdoors

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