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A&J Cake and Candy Supplies

2254 E. Route 66, Los Angeles, CA, 91740

626-335-7747

Chances are the 25 pounds of candy eaten by the average American last year were manufactured in some distant factory. Handmade confections are a rare commodity…

Website: http://www.ajcake.com/

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Armory Center for the Arts

1451 N. Raymond Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91103

626-792-5101

Housed in a former National Guard facility in Old Pasadena, the Armory Center for the Arts has become one of the region’s great citadels for cultivating creative expression…

Website: http://armoryarts.org

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Berlitz Language Center

600 S. Lake Ave., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA, 91106

626-795-5888

At Berlitz Language Center, a striped Muppet named Tingo helps kids ages four to seven learn a second (or third) language in private or group lessons…

Website: http://berlitz.com

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Beverly Hills Lingual Institute

439 N Canon Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-858-0717

Surprised that there was no language center in Los Angeles devoted just to Spanish, we did find a solid curriculum…

Website: http://www.bhlingual.com/

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Cabaret Vocal Workshop

855 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90029

323-953-4000

American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee didn’t develop her powerhouse pipes on her own. The perky finalist is the daughter of cabaret singer Peisha Mcphee, who teaches a long-running cabaret vocal workshop…

Website: http://revampvintage.com/

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Glendale Central Library

222 E. Harvard St., Los Angeles, CA, 91204

818-548-2030

Canine and avian enthusiasts might never browse the cat collection at the Glendale Central Library, but they’d be missing out…

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Great Mind Robotics

18801 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 110, Tarzana, CA, 91356

818-292-8008

If you want your child to assemble the next WALL-E, Great Mind Robotics is the place to be

Website: http://www.buildcoolrobots.com

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IDEAS Studio

16650 Marquez Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90272

310-573-7190

Future mad scientists and space explorers hot-wire potatoes and build their own rockets at the IDEAS Studio, a learning center founded by a former NASA physicist and a movie production designer…

Website: http://theideastudio.com

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LA84 Foundation Sports Library

2141 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90018

323-730-4646

To revisit Jesse Owens’s victory over the Nazis or Peggy Fleming’s golden spins across the ice, check out the Olympic Games collection at the LA84 Foundation Sports Library…

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Lycée Français

3261 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90034

310-836-3464

Lycée International de Los Angeles, with a six-and-a-half-acre campus in Los Feliz and a couple of satellites for early grades, adheres to the pedagogy of French schools…

Website: http://lyceela.org

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Maja’s Magic School

2560 N. Beachwood Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90068

Even if becoming an occultist isn’t on your bucket list, a lecture by Maja D’Aoust can be spellbinding.

Website: http://www.godismyboyfriend.com

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Neighborhood Rock School

2602 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91504

818-557-7723

They talk to kids in their language, and newbies are welcome at the three-year-old school, which also holds a summer camp.

Website: http://www.neighborhoodrockschool.com

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NYFA

3801 Barham Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90068

818-733-2600

“I can’t watch a movie the same way anymore,” says Breeana Kovelman. “I think, ‘That’s a good shot.’ ‘Look at that angle!’…

Website: http://www.nyfa.edu

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ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

909 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007

213-741-0094

In a former fraternity house just north of USC, the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is named for the oldest-operating LGBT organization in the United States…

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