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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.
Built-in Art Deco style, this observatory was built in the early 1930s and is a highlight among the landmarks in Southern California. See incredible light shows at the Oschin Planetarium, which puts to use the latest technology. Outside the observatory, you'll find sweeping views of the nearby area that are breathtaking during the day and at night as well. Exhibits and planetarium shows will fascinate visitors. Some visitors might recognize the observatory as the site where the climax of Rebel Without a Cause was filmed. On clear nights take advantage of the free public telescopes to see the stars up close.
Originally built in 1926, this theater was completely renovated in 1991 by Pacific Theatres and The Walt Disney Company. It's now a premier movie palace that Disney uses to showcase its animated and children's features. Special features begin with a live stage show with a singing and dancing chorus of familiar Disney characters. Often short cartoons will precede the main show. Be sure to call or check the website for the movie and show times.
This Victorian mansion built in 1908 in the Hollywood Hills is home to the Academy of Magical Arts, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the art of magic. From showy stage magic to subtle card tricks, this organization knows it all. The purpose of the Academy is to advance the public awareness of the art of magic as well as to preserve its history, but only members and their guests can enter this institution. For exclusive members, the castle serves as a restaurant and entertainment venue as well as an educational facility. For people who secure coveted tickets, they can expect an unbelievable show, whether it be a kid-oriented brunch show or a more grown-up evening performance.
For the more adventuresome traveler this tour company offers a variety of kayaking, snorkeling and camping explorations. Ranging from 90-minute tours to overnight camping excursions it has something for everyone and no experience or gear is necessary. Some of the more popular tours include the half-day tour of kayaking and snorkeling, as well as lunch. The narrative focus of all tours is on the natural history of the island and its ancient inhabitants. Check the website or call for individual and group tour details, pricing and times. Call early for reservations because these tours sell out!
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.
Perhaps the best way to spend a summer evening in Los Angeles is at this huge amphitheater, the Hollywood Bowl, that offers jazz, pop and classical concerts for the denizens of Los Angeles. The sound quality is excellent from any point, although binoculars are suggested for the seats in the far back. The summer home of the L.A. Philharmonic since 1922 and the home of its very own Hollywood Bowl Orchestra since 1991, numerous guest stars from Itzhak Perlman to Tony Bennett have performed their selections in this much loved, relaxed concert alternative.
Theatre West has been continually performing for the audiences of Los Angeles longer than any other theater company, since 1962. Many of the theater's productions have won prestigious awards over the years, from Tony Awards to NAACP Image Awards and quite a few legends of stage and screen have worked with Theatre West at some point, including Martin Landau and Richard Dreyfuss. Theatre West is dedicated to artistic growth, and hosts children's theater and special performances and workshops for school groups as well.
An iconic attraction in Hollywood, Universal Studios is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys the thrill and excitement of a theme park. With a slate of ever-changing attractions, the park is a great outing for the whole family and can easily take up an entire day. After the guided tour, you can wander around the park, and get something to eat at one of the numerous restaurants and cafes scattered around its sprawl. Later, take in various shows like Waterworld or the Special Effects show. Some other park attractions that will definitely get your adrenaline pumping include the Revenge of the Mummy Ride, various rides at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and the acclaimed King Kong 360-3D virtual ride.
Nestled within the grandiose space of Universal Studios Hollywood, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is here to thrill with magical rides, attractions and entertainment. The themed interpretation of this famed book takes visitors on an exhilarating journey, with the fabled castle of Hogwarts looming in the backdrop. Jump on to the 3D ride of Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey to tour the castle, its grounds, and soak up all the magic you possibly can. Then, climb aboard the majestic Hippogriff's back and let it swoop you around as you hold on with bated breath. At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visitors can also drop by the real-life versions of several attractions from the book, including the Three Broomsticks pub, Zonko's Joke Shop, Honeydukes and the Owl Post. Don't forget to pick up your wand at Ollivander's!
Skirball Cultural Center is a community events center which hosts concerts, lectures, theater, art exhibitions and more. Skirball houses a museum, cafe and offers educational courses. The center aims to explore the correlations between Jewish and American culture, and offers many family-friendly activities.
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.