Family Fun

Arroyo Seco

1055 Lohman Ln., Los Angeles, CA, 91030

323-255-1506

South Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco miniature golf course is not big or elaborate like those theme-parky installations you see from the freeway…

Website: http://www.arroyoseco.com/

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Bailey Canyon Park

451 W. Carter Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91024

Hollywood’s popular Runyon Canyon offers us panoramas, celebrity sightings, and stargazing, but Bailey Canyon Park in Sierra Madre has our pooches scampering across rivulets…

Website: http://www.sierramadrenews.net/bailey.htm

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Beachwood Canyon

Between 2872 and 2882 Belden, Los Angeles, CA, 90068

Build granitelike glutes and take in the landscape as you hike the public staircases notched into the city’s hillsides.

Website: http://www.secretstairs-la.com

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Belmont Shore

Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90802

When we’re hanging out by the Granada boat launch in Long Beach, they’re tough to miss: People in wet suits being yanked across the water by enormous half-moon kites

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Briarwood Park

461 Almaden Ct., Los Angeles, CA, 90077

310-840-2186

The general rule for play dates in the 310 and the 818 is that someone has to schlepp from one side of the hill to the other. If people only knew about Briarwood Park…

Website: http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/facility/briarwoodPk.htm

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Bridge to Nowhere

Camp Bonita Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91702

Few hikes in Southern California make one feel as intrepid as the five-mile haul to the Bridge to Nowhere.

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Douglas Park

2439 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90403

310-458-8974

At the colorful playground at Douglas Park is a shallow rink that shoots jets of water in the summer and is prime turf for tot cycling the rest of the year…

Website: http://www01.smgov.net/parks/douglas.htm

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Dreams Unlimited

14210 Cholame Rd., Victorville, CA, 92392

800-246-8247

As a rule, hot-air balloon companies steer clear of the city, preferring the less congested areas of Palmdale and Palm Springs. But Dreams Unlimited will launch from your lawn…

Website: http://dreamballoons.com/

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E. Waldo Ward

273 E. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91024

800-355-9273

Before all the tract houses, there were oranges, millions of oranges. At the end of the 19th century, the San Gabriel Valley was booming with agriculture…

Website: http://waldoward.com/

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El Porto

Pacfic Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA, 90266

Wedged against the ominous Hyperion sewage treatment plant, with its tubes and domes and belching chimneys, El Porto will never be a glamour beach

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Elysian Park

1880 Academy Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-485-5054

Want to play tennis on a Saturday afternoon? Good luck finding a court that’s not mobbed

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Escondido Falls

Winding Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90265

There are no elevation changes on the just-over-two-mile trail leading to Escondido Falls in Malibu, but there are scenery shifts galore

Website: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/EscondidoFalls_4472.asp

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Fire Groove

671 N. Berendo St., Los Angeles, CA, 90004

1-800-755-6423

The quest for a hot body meets hippie spirituality in the burgeoning trend known as fire dancing.

Website: http://www.firegroove.com

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Franklin Canyon Ranch

2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90210

Trail running is basically hiking—for crazy people. The mountains above Malibu and Santa Monica have some lovely views, but running uphill for 50 percent or more of the stint left us feeling insufficiently fit

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Glendale Narrows

street, Los Angeles, CA, 91210

The L.A. River is at its renegade best where Los Feliz Boulevard crosses the 5 in Atwater Village

Website: http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XWP018-029

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Go Kart World

21830 Recreation Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90745

310-834-3700

At Carson’s Go Kart World, driving for fun is not an L.A. oxymoron. Built in the shadow of the 405 freeway, the mini speed zone boasts six tracks of varying shape…

Website: http://gokartworld.com

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Hahamonga Watershed

550 N. Oak Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90041

At this summer’s Japan Open, disc golfers from across the globe played for a $26,000 purse. Closer to home, the sport holds a cultlike sway, and for good reason…

Website: http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=643

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