Los Angeles Kids
Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista
Is your family part of the 2020 class of new pet owners? If you have a new furry family member, are begged daily to adopt one by a persistent child, or simply have an animal-loving kid, PetSpace Kids Camp Online is the perfect combination of education and cuteness. A mix of games, activities, and demonstrations teach campers about grooming, animal behavior, nutrition, and more. There are plenty of virtual animal encounters, too. If a full week isn’t your jam, PetSpace also has a weekly Paws and Pages virtual story time and animal encounter, along with other online programming.
1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
Bring little kids for a weekend matinee or let teens do their own thing later in the evening (and rest easy—masks are required any time you leave the car and spaces are set six feet apart). This may be the perfect summer 2020 activity—the film curation is on point, social distancing is enforced, and snacks are (safely) for sale. Pro tip: Buy tickets online, but get there early, as spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Big & Tiny
1731 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica
This education and creative childcare center has always been ahead of the curve: The Santa Monica and Silver Lake locations offer parents a place to work while kids take classes, engage with educators and other kids, and have a blast while they’re at it. Both locations have summer programs up and running. There’s baby bootcamp for infants from three to thirty-six months, and summer camp for three- to six-year-olds with enhanced safety measures firmly in place. Kids can spend half days or full days with the same group, exploring yoga, music, creative arts, dance, group discussion, and the outdoors. The coworking space is open, so parents can stay, work, and peek in on little ones at play. And for parents who prefer in-home education (and some alone time), the Big & Tiny team will bring STEM-focused activities and a customized curriculum to you or your quaranteam.
Wild Child Gym
9715 Washington Blvd., Culver City
This open environment gives kids ample space to do what kids do best: romp around. It’s also a cool place to hang out while your little one is busy in one of Wild Child’s signature classes (no sad-looking, primary-colored gymnastics mats in this joint). Wild Child is an environment where both kids and parents can enjoy spending time. Filled with ropes, ladders, rockers, and balance beams, the space is well-lit, full of light wood and natural elements—a set of hanging bars made from tree limbs, for example—and even has a thoughtfully curated shop that’s a last-minute gift gold mine. But the game changer here is the way the incredible staff engages the kids in play. Play groups and “wild play” times are broken into age groups, from Droolers to Cruisers to Super Bruisers and beyond, and classes channel that wild-child energy into creative, strategically led movement and exploration. Check the online schedule for class times and events—and bookmark the site for your little one’s next birthday party.
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,…
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. This summer, Chiqui has expanded its online schedule to include an awesome virtual camp where for one hour daily on a weekly basis, kids travel (virtually) to a new Spanish-speaking country and get a full cultural lowdown through arts, crafts, and conversation with their camp pod. On Wednesdays, there’s a Spanish music class, and Mondays center on tiny linguists with a Spanish storytelling class for kids ages two and up. There is an in-person day camp option with strict safety measures in place, including masks (while inside), one-parent drop-off, temperature-taking, and rigorous handwashing. Check the site or sign up for the newsletter for full details.
333½ S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills
Kids are tiny balls of energy. Yoga burns energy. Put the two together and you have Shorty Yoga. Pre-COVID, we loved this cute but not cutesy space, with its La Colombe cappuccinos, free Wi-Fi, and stellar range of classes for littles of every age. This summer, Shorty Yoga has morphed into Camp Shorty, which is exactly what it sounds like: a yoga day camp for kids, the kicker being that this camp happens in your backyard. For $125 per session, Camp Shorty’s excellent (and masked) instructors will teach groups of up to four kids of any age, with a $25 supplement for each additional child. This at-home camp is available on both weekdays and weekends. Email [email protected] or call 424.646.3330 to schedule a class. Full social distancing and regular hand sanitizing are all part of the deal.
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.
506 N. Larchmont Blvd., Hancock Park
Snooknuk offers a little of everything for the kids—and you. For the kids: dance, music, art, story time, and even improv classes. Plus camps, themed parties, and a no-shoes play area. You can purchase day passes for the play area, or a membership plan. For the adults, there's the Snooknuk Café, which serves coffee, pastries, paninis, and salads—and is made complete with complementary WiFi.
Quinnie & B
1632 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica
This brand-new, self-named "tiny toy shoppe" from the owners of nearby Thyme Café and Local Kitchen + Wine Bar is an undeniably adorable addition to Ocean Park. While it's not large, the selection is spot-on, with good birthday options for kids of all ages.
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