Sweet Rose Creamery
4377 Tujunga Ave., Studio City
As far as we’re concerned, Josh and Zoe Loeb can do no wrong—their adorable ice cream shop, which is a partnership with Shiho Yoshikawa (she used to work with Zoe at Tartine), only strengthens their case. Shiho picks up ingredients for her inventive flavors at the Santa Monica farmers market, and her milk and eggs are from local purveyors as well. Favorites include matcha, fig, and goat cheese, and the old-fashioned strawberry, which tastes fresh off the vine. This is LA, so there are also some dairy-free options: If that’s your vibe, definitely try the horchata. The original is at the Brentwood Country Mart, but now they have locations all over the city: Studio City, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and the Palisades.
Tracy Anderson Method
12345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
We're long-time fans of the Tracy Anderson Method for a million reasons: It's a lifestyle approach to fitness, meaning that you never peak; it's fun (and hard); and it works. The studios in Studio City and now in Brentwood make following the method easy, as everyone's in it together. Membership is more expensive than your average gym but includes unlimited classes, and depending on the tier, semi-private training sessions. The trainers are kind, but tough—you will sweat (and melt inches). Both locations offer a pay-per-class option as well.
Juice Served Here (Closed)
12186 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
In addition to being incredibly convenient for satiating juice cravings (there are locations sprouting up all over the city) this the perfect juice gateway drug for cleanse newbies: Beyond their most popular drink, Green Milk, which is like having dessert for dinner, the Charcoal Lemonade is delicious, despite the suspiciousness of drinking montmorillonite clay and activated charcoal (in contrast, the jalapeño-laced beet juice is tough to swallow). You can also add in extras to ease the process: We opted for the raw soup (a carrot-based gazpacho) and the coconut superfood bar (nice when you miss the sensation of chewing). Bonus points for the DO ME (FIRST, 02, 03, 04, 05, LAST) directions on the caps and the recent addition of lifestyle-y giftables at most outposts. There are additional locations in West Hollywood, Pasadena, Venice, Downtown, Silver Lake, Hollywood, and Santa Monica.
Din Tai Fung
177 Caruso Ave., Glendale
Located in the sprawling Americana mall, this Taipei export is famous for its steamed dumplings—and all the requisite extras like green beans with sauteed garlic, Shanghai rice cakes with shrimp, and noodle soups.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
12073 Ventura Pl., Studio City
These purveyors of ultra-creamy ice cream got their start in Santa Barbara in 1948, and the heritage of their brand is hugely important to them. Their dairy is sourced from grass-fed cows which are raised just north of LA on the central coast, and they've been working with the same creamery since they got their start (eggs are cage-free, too). This is the kind of place where classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and the not-so-classic chocolate-covered strawberry reign supreme, and it probably goes without saying that kids can't get enough of it. You can buy this creamy goodness at many upscale grocery stores, but we prefer to have it scooped for us at either their Grand Central Market or Studio City locations.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., The Valley
The Skirball Cultural Center, a Jewish cultural institution that offers everything from exhibits to readings to recitals, is also home to architect Moshe Safdie's Arc, an incredible installation that occupies an 8,000 square foot gallery. Kids can climb aboard the wooden ship and interact with the animals, crafted with everything from rope, to recycled newspaper, to keyboards, and vegetable steamers. Make reservations well in advance.
Sherry Sami, D.D.S.
5017 Lewis Rd., Suite B, Agoura Hills
Amazing with kids and parents alike, Dr. Sami is one of the best pediatric dentists we've ever found. In addition to being a true expert in the field (she's also a Professor of dentistry and medicine at UCLA), she emphasizes a holistic approach to dental care and provides an education (as well as a check-up!).
1001 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank
This ice skating rink in Burbank is perfect for year-round skating with your kids. Day and night sessions are available. The beautiful adjoining gardens are great for the springtime.
Sky High Sports
6033 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills
While a warehouse lined in trampolines (walls, too) sounds like a special version of hell, it’s pretty much kid crack. Foam pits, dodgeball, a special jumping area for the smaller set, and a Wifi-equipped lounge check all the boxes—understandably, this spot is huge on the birthday party circuit.
11118 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
Though it admittedly rarely rains in LA, this indoor playground still beckons. There's a big slide, ball pit, light-up floor, and more. The best part, though, is that the grown-ups can sip coffee at the cappuccino bar while the kids play. However, even adults have to remove their shoes, so if you'd like to join your kids in the bouncy castle, go right ahead.
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