The Valley Activities
15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks
It always blows visitors minds that at most of the city’s movie theaters, you can pre-book specific seats, meaning that you can eat dinner and wander around until minutes before the show starts, and not have to jockey and jostle for position. We love the Arclight in particular because there’s an on-site bar and during 21+ screenings you can sip your wine while you watch. Locations in Culver City, Hollywood, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Sherman Oaks.
Color Me Mine
12080 Ventura Pl., Studio City
First, pick a ceramic item to paint: it's not just cups and plates here, they also have figurines of dinosaurs, mermaids and pets. The helpful staff is on hand to supply paints, stencils and sponges to make the plain white ceramics your own, no matter your painting skill. When you're done, they take your work, glaze it, and fire it for you to collect a few days later. For parties, you can also get them to come to your home. There's another location in Beverly Hills.
1418 Descanso Dr., Glendale
With over 150 acres of botanical splendor including a rosarium, a Japanese tea garden, bird sanctuary, and more, this is a wonderful place to escape to with the whole family to get a dose of nature in the city. Easter is particularly fun here for the little ones, when an egg hunt takes place on the central lawn amidst the blooming tulips.
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