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Perched on top of the well-known Bunker Hill, it is in the center of Los Angeles. Formerly the Hotel Inter-Continental, this contemporary style, 17-story downtown hotel is home to elegantly done up rooms that promise to make you stay here a pleasant experience. The Grand Café features monthly menu adaptations offering American, Californian and Continental cuisine. The kids program and outdoor pool make it fun for the whole family.
The JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE is Marriott's gift to Downtown LA's pulsating financial, art and entertainment district. Not just another of the numerous 5 stars properties that dot the city, this one impresses with its futuristic design and layout. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with modern amenities. Guests will marvel at the astonishingly long turquoise pool and a glamorous spa. Business travelers will love the meeting spaces, and any traveler will love the on-site cocktail bars and contemporary dining options, along with being a stone's throw from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. This hotel seems to have got it all right from the word go!
This IMAX theater, located inside the California Science Center, allows guests to view some exciting films on one of the largest screens there are. The seven-story IMAX screen is the largest in all of Los Angeles. The IMAX experience is something you have to see for yourself. Group rates and reservations are available.
The California Science Center is anything but a regular museum! In addition to being one of the biggest museums in the city, the center helps kids and adults learn about science through exciting interactive displays and demonstrations. Try not to get splashed as you learn about river ecosystems, then marvel at spacecrafts, including the Space Shuttle Endeavour. For a reasonable fee, you can visit the IMAX Theater to catch a movie about nature. Anyone who loves to learn and explore is sure to love the California Science Center!
Since 1913 this museum has been delighting people of all ages with entertaining exhibits about our world, both natural and cultural. Visit such wonders as the rarest shark in the world, a zoo full of insects and 20 complete dinosaur skeletons. A number of special exhibits are presented throughout the year.
Rivaling big box baby stores, this aptly named children's store has everything you need and then some! From nursery preparation to school-age children, Kids Land covers everything from the basic bottle to a luxury stroller and educational toys. Soon-to-be moms will even find skin care products, maternity clothing accessories, as well as informational books, and DVDs. Whether you're shopping for yourself or for a baby shower, Kids Land is a great local, Los Angeles shop to find just what your looking for.
This educational and conservation center opened in 2003. Serving the northeast Los Angeles communities, the Audubon Center at Debs Park strives to teach and inspire people to understand and care for the environment. Special programs have been designed to engage school age children, where they can explore and learn about the native flora and fauna. Spot butterflies, lizards, squirrels, rabbits, warblers, hummingbirds and more as you stroll through this serene landscape.
Some of the funkiest folks in town do all of their gift and holiday shopping at Wacko, also known as Soap Plant. One of the most notorious and eclectic shops in Los Angeles, it's a sure bet that you'll find things that you never knew existed. From Sumo wrestler lunch boxes to patchouli soaps and kiss "Psycho Circus" dolls, expect the unexpected. It's the perfect place if you want to take home a little bit of Hollywood hipster heaven.
Electric Dusk Drive-In is LA's only drive-in movie theater. This retro Americana experience lets you drive into the outdoor movie theater, park close to the giant screen, then relax in your car and watch as the movie starts once the sun sets. If you don't want to stay in your car just grab a seat on the AstroTurf directly in front of the screen. If you're hungry head to their snack bar to buy a bag of popcorn. This unique movie theater is even pet-friendly.
As one of the oldest children's theaters in Southern California, the Nine O'Clock Players Theatre for Children has been producing plays since 1929. Each year the theater company chooses two plays from classic children's literature to put on for school kids as well as the public. The small but helpful ticket price for the public on weekends helps to fund the transportation costs for economically challenged schools. Perhaps best of all, kids are encouraged to stay after the show, meet the cast and get autographs.
You would be hard pressed to find a child in the city who hasn't been mesmerized by the enchanting puppet shows this iconic L.A. establishment has been producing for generations. The moment you enter this bizarre, magical place, you are transported to a world created by master puppeteers. The productions vary depending on the season, but ultimately it's always a fun place for the kids, especially those under eight. The historic theater's location was moved from its longtime address of West First Street to the York Boulevard in Highland Park. A major heritage and socio-cultural landmark in the world of LA theater, this place is a must-visit.
Once upon a time, Rancho La Brea or La Brea Tar Pits was only a Mexican land grant. Now a park, the tar pits have been the world's richest deposit of Ice Age fossils. More than 40,000 years ago mammoths, saber-toothed cats and dire wolves freely roamed the Los Angeles basin and became entrapped in the natural asphalt of the tar pits. During the summer months, visitors can observe the ongoing excavation from Pit 91. A visit to the on-site Page Museum is a must.