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Los Angeles Kids

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Brella
12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3-3100, Los Angeles, CA 90094
From the moment you walk in, Brella’s open, airy space feels like home. Rather, it feels like a dreamy playroom that’s also a learning community that we wish we had in our home. The Playa Vista on-demand childcare center is a community-driven, flexible, here-for-you place you feel comfortable leaving your children, whether you’re facing the back-to-work scaries (kids as young as three months old are welcome) or heading out for date night (on Fridays and Saturdays, kids can hang till 10 p.m.). Designed for the modern family (or even an old-fashioned family that needs childcare once in a while), Brella offers comprehensive childcare that’s accommodating and adaptable: You can design a schedule that works for your family and pay by the hour via an app. Full of blonde wood and soothing colors, the interior is creative, comforting, and best of all, open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 10 on Fridays and Saturdays. Born of a desire to create a community and learning environment that nurtures development from infancy to kindergarten, Brella has a library, an art lab, a playground,…
Chiqui Social
8530 Washington Blvd., Culver City
A social club for kids is a cute idea—but a social club for kids growing up bilingual (and their families) is brilliant—and much-needed in Los Angeles. Founder Lizet Alvarez wanted to create a community to support Spanish learning and a dual-language lifestyle for her own chiquitos, and her creativity and inclusivity shines in Chiqui’s roster of programs. There are immersion programs for little ones and workshops, camps, and after-school programs for elementary-school students. There are also opportunities for the whole family to hang—Chiqui Social even has a BYOB, taco-fueled Hora Feliz for families on Friday evenings. Alvarez has also carved out space for a little shop, which she stocks with educational toys, Spanish-language books, and imports like Oaxacan stuffed animals and woven Honduran baskets. Irrespective of which language came first for your family, it’s a supportive and authentic community—and a really freaking cute place to hang out.
The Great Escape Club
3525 Glenhurst Ave., Atwater Village
This genius business bills itself as a "playspace and retreat." It's outfitted with a full, modern, and blessedly clean kids playspace that's supervised during open hours. While kids are playing, parents can drink tea and coffee in a parents-only room, plug in and handle emails in a workspace, or, best of all, sign up for massage and reiki treatments. While the concept works best during the week, this is also an excellent place to host a weekend birthday party.
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