April 10th is Siblings Day, a day made for celebrating that special bond and the sweet fleeting moments when your kids actually get along. It can be downright tricky to keep the peace and find something to do that everyone in the family will think is fun. We’ve rounded up a 8 outings that will ensure your kids can find something to agree on, even if it’s just for one day.
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No one can resist the siren call of a bouncy trampoline, not even parents. At this massive indoor trampoline park there’s plenty to do to please everyone. From the open bounce area, to a trampoline basketball court, to a foam pit you can dive into, and even a roped-off spot for younger jumpers, siblings of all ages (and moms and dads too) can get their bounce on at this fun spot.
6033 De Soto Ave.
Meri Cherry Art Studio
Siblings of all artistic sensibilities can have fun making messy art at this adorable art studio made just for kids. While classes are separated by ages, the open studio time allows siblings to work side-by-side, whether they prefer painting, drawing, or just plain making a mess. Floor-to-ceiling shelves packed with every kind of art material imaginable welcome kids with imaginations of all kinds to grab what they like and set to work on a masterpiece.
19237 Ventura Blvd.
Zimmer Children’s Museum
This is a great spot for smaller siblings, since the activities definitely skew on the young side. You’ll find plenty to keep kids entertained up to about age 8. Bigger kids will love putting on their own show in the pretend theater and playing with shadows in the light box room. Little ones will love the water table, and all ages will have fun jumping into the ball pit.
6505 Wilshire Blvd.
Huntington Botanical Garden
Gardens are great for kids of all ages and interests and the Huntington is no exception. Mini-botanists and explorers will love navigating through the winding paths and checking out all the different plants and trees. Kids who just want to play will have a blast running around the Children’s Garden and your little STEM lovers will enjoy getting scientific in the garden lab. And basically everyone loves getting wet in the many water and fog features in the Children’s Garden, so don’t forget a change of clothes! No matter which spot they enjoy the most, all siblings will be exhausted and ready for bed after a day here, which makes it a win-win for everyone.
1151 Oxford Rd.
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Griffith Park Pony Rides
From animal fans to junior cowboys, siblings with a variety of interests can come together over a love of pint-sized horses. At Griffith Park’s Pony Rides siblings can saddle up and hit the trails (or at least the merry-go-round) together. While bigger kids tend to age out of the round-about ride, the beauty of this classic spot is that they accommodate kids of all ages and sizes with merry-go-round ponies for the youngest and hand-led horses on trails for the biggest.
4400 Crystal Springs Dr.
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Seaside Lagoon at Redondo Beach
Everyone loves a day at the beach, but it can be tricky to navigate when you are wrangling both waddlers and walkers (or those that swim and those who can’t). For a fun day at the beach that’s a little less stressful hit this surf-free lagoon that’s fully loaded with a snack bar, playground, and lifeguards. The calm, no-wave water is perfect for newbies, but the beach also features water slides to please your bigger fish.
200 Portofino Way
Anthony C. Beilenson Park
There’s nothing quite like a classic day at the park, but with so many amazing options in LA, it can be hard to settle on a spot where everyone wants to play. This park, surrounding Lake Balboa, literally has everything you could ask for to pique interests of all kinds. With a huge playground that’s fun for both small and big kids, bike trails, walking paths, a giant lake that allows fishing and paddle boating during the summer months and plenty of open space to fly kites and toss a football, even the most opposite of siblings will find something fun to do here.
6300 Balboa Blvd.
photo: Shahrzad Warkentin
What better way to celebrate a special day than with a sweet treat? Everyone screams for ice cream. From shaved ice to artisanal creameries, LA is lucky to be home to so many different options to tempt a sweet tooth. That can make things a little challenging though, when you have kids who want something specific. Siblings can have their sweets and eat them too at CREAM, where just about every variety of ice cream dish is available, from plain old scoops in a cup, to sprinkled waffle cones, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, floats, and even the famous ice cream taco, this menu has something for everyone. They even have vegan, gluten-free, and soy options to please every palate and accommodate every need.
Locations: Exposition Park, Northridge, and opening soon in NoHo
What spots do your siblings agree are the best in LA? Share any fun ones we missed in the comments!