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Doll Factory

1910 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

Roller derby is a sport in which tough, smokin’ women circle a ring on skates—gracefully yet guerrilla-like—and plow into one another…

Website: http://derbydolls.com/

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Fun & Fit

1919 W. Burbank Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91506

818-845-0700

At Broadway Gymnastics, a two-year-old can have a blast working through the obstacle courses and cooling down on the trampoline…

Website: http://funandfit.com

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Go Kart World

21830 Recreation Road, Los Angeles, CA, 90745

310-834-3800

At Carson’s Go Kart World, driving for fun is not an L.A. oxymoron…

Website: http://www.gokartworld.com

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McCambridge Park Rec Center

1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91504

818-238-5378

Croquet is lovely, but we want a sport where cursing in Italian is mandatory.

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Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio

24715 Oak Creek Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91321

661-259-9669

Many of the major studio tours focus on TV series or recent theatrical successes, while their ever-changing sets and soundstages leave few traces of cinematic antiquity…

Website: http://www.melodyranchstudio.com/

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Moonlight Rollerway

5110 San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91204

818-241-3630

From the mirrored balls dangling from the ceiling to the old-fashioned electric signs (all skate, couples only) on the walls, little has changed at Glendale’s…

Website: http://moonlightrollerway.com/

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Oak Tree Gun Club

23121 Coltrane Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91321

661-259-7441

Always keep the muzzle pointed away from humans, wear eye and ear protection, and make sure you’re at the Oak Tree Gun Club. Sharing space with old oaks and California laurels…

Website: http://www.oaktreegunclub.com/

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Rockreation

11866 La Grange Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90025

310-207-7199

Forget meditation. When we really want to quiet our minds, we head for Rockreation, the indoor climbing gym where your search for the next toehold requires a focus…

Website: http://www.rockreation.com/

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Santa Monica Swim Center

2225 16th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90405

310-458-8700

When we need to get wet, we require so much more than water. The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, with its newly renovated locker room and its two well-maintained pools…

Website: http://www01.smgov.net/aquatics/

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Simi Valley Batting Cages

2019 Donville Ave., Simi Valley, CA, 93065

805-527-8998

Little League may be baseball’s first proving ground, but batting cages are where budding stars hone their game…

Website: http://www.conejovalleyguide.com/kids-activities-blog/simi-valley-batting-cages.html

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SpeedZone LA

17871 Castleton St., Los Angeles, CA, 91748

626-913-9663

The roar at the SpeedZone LA go-kart track in the City of Industry comes from 300-horsepower V-8 engines. No, they’re not on the go-karts…

Website: http://www.speedzone.com/

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Stronghold Climbing Gym

Brewery Arts Complex, 650 S. Avenue 21, Lincoln Heights, CA, 90031

323-505-7000

Housed in a defunct brewery turned artist community, the Stronghold Climbing Gym offers both roped climbing and bouldering (unroped climbing on 10- to 20-foot-high walls)

Website: http://strongholdclimb.com

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Studio for Southern California History

977 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-229-8890

In a nondescript Chinatown storefront, between a fortune-teller and the Pasadena Freeway, is the Studio for Southern California History: part museum, part library, and all-around hangout.

Website: http://socalstudio.org/

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The Landmark

8053 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-651-3636

Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas used to tone their pecs at EASTON GYM HOLLYWOOD, which in its eighth decade continues to attract actors with its well-stocked weight area and unpretentious aesthetic (brick walls and casement windows that open)…

Website: http://eastongymhollywood.com/

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Unplug Meditation

12401 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 101, Brentwood, CA, 90025

310-826-8899

At Brentwood’s Unplug meditation inner contemplation skews more to basic mindfulness than karmic evolution

Website: http://www.unplugmeditation.com

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