As Los Angeles continues to endure Storm Watch 2010 -- which should ease up a little bit this weekend, if forecasts are correct -- parents are asking what they can do with their kids on these gray, rainy days.
Here are some suggestions:
* The Boone Children's Gallery at LACMA (free) -- Kids can paint, read and learn about Korean art in this tyke-friendly art room inside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Friendly attendants are on hand to help out. CC and I visited in October and had a great time.
* Noah's Ark at The Skirball (free on Thursdays) -- This whimsical and interactive exhibit at The Skirball Cultural Center is great for kids who enjoy animals and love to climb. The larger-than-life ark houses rope mazes, creative critters as well as art activities for the little ones. CC wants to go again.
* The Treehouse Social Club ($9/child for Open Play) -- Children can avoid the rain but still burn off some energy at The Treehouse Social Club. Not only is there a large, indoor treehouse, complete with a superfast slide, there's also a toddler room with toys and a cafe, where parents can enjoy coffee or hot chocolate. CC gave it a big thumbs up!
* AdventurePlex (under 3 years: $5; 3+ years: $10) -- This huge play space in Manhattan Beach is a great option for kids who want to release their inner monkey. CC ditched me for the two-plus-story Adventure Room, which is simply amazing.
* Under the Sea ($9/child for Open Play) -- Kids can bounce in bounce houses, ride in child-size cars and slide for hours in this ocean-themed play space. CC loved having a variety of activities on offer.
* Moviefone.com offers info on what's playing in your neighborhood. Sometimes hanging out in front of a big screen with popcorn and a drink is the best way to enjoy a rainy day.
Whatever you do, be safe out there!
* Addresses are located in the links provided.