It can be tough finding an evening activity that appeals to adults and kids, which is why the no-experience-required sunset horseback rides led by the Los Angeles Equestrian Center (480 W. Riverside Dr., 818-840-8401) are an excellent compromise. Starting at 5:30 every night (an hour earlier in winter), the center offers group trail rides through Griffith Park followed by dinner (and beer for Mom and Dad) at Viva Fresh, a local Mexican restaurant. You’ll be back at the stables no later than 9:30. If it’s Friday, continue on to the Burbank location of Bob’s Big Boy (4211 W. Riverside Dr., 818-843-9334) for a milk shake and a slightly more modern mode of transport: vintage automobiles. At the classic car show, which is held in the parking lot of what is the restaurant chain’s oldest branch (behold that original sign), auto buffs gawk at tricked-out rides or show off their own (Jay Leno likes to stop by). There are board games at Tony’s Darts Away (1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., 818-253-1710), but you’ll want to drop the kids off with a sitter before heading to the six-month-old hang where beer takes center stage. Sit at the long wooden bar to sample one of the dozens of varieties on tap, all California brewed. If you get hungry again—or even if you don’t—peruse the menu of sausages, nearly half of them vegan, that come with toppings like sweet onion jam and mango-melon salsa.
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