Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rainy day activities for your L.A. toddler

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:

Museums:

* 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.

Play Spaces:

* 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.

Movies:

* 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.

2 comments:

Dariela said...

These are great ideas Laura! We are actually thinking to go to the Treehouse, Adrian loves that place and me too cause he played by himself forever!! Thanks for the tips as usual!

L.A. Story said...

Of course! Have fun with Adrian! The Treehouse is such a great place for burning off toddler energy. :)

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