Fairy Tales Can Come True: 4 Magical Los Angeles Play Places
Someone cooks for you. Someone cleans for you. Someone does all your laundry, chauffeurs you everywhere, and showers you with constant praise and kisses. That sounds like a fairy tale. It is, in fact, your kiddo’s life. But they’d rather live in a real fairy tale. One with knights and dragons. Princesses and witches. Towers and moats and magic animals. So as part of your mission to give you little darling everything they want, you’ve searched high and low for places they can live the fairy tale for an afternoon. Fear not, we’ve found them.
(We’re still working on your fairy tale. The closest we’ve found so far is checking into a 5-star hotel for the weekend…)
For parties, playdates, special events, storytime or open play, Lollipop Dreams is a dream come true for your little princess (or prince or pirate). Most events start with dress-up in the giant dress-up closet, and also include a craft, face painting, story time, snack and some games. Kids also get plenty of time for playing and pretending in their costumes. The space even feels like the inside of a castle. And loads of special events feature favorite characters (Tinkerbell, Disney Princesses, Pinkalicious, Barbie and more) hosting and entertaining the kids. Check the website for event times and details.
Fairies and Dragons
If Lollipop Dream is inside the castle, Fairies and Dragons takes you across the moat to an enchanted forest complete with unicorns, elves, and fairies. With a storybook atmosphere and a dress-up closet your kids will happily lose themselves in, your kiddo can become whomever they wish for a magical afternoon. They specialize in parties, not open play, so watch the website carefully to catch the chance to partake on one of their public parties (a Teddy Bear Picnic, A Fairy House Crafting Party, Princess Camp, Brunch with a Princess, and others). Events typically give kids a chance to dress up, face paint, do a craft, sing and story tell, enjoy a snack and play with a character come to life.
A Magic Forest
If free play is more your style, this might be your happy place. This Waldorf-inspired play space is a mystical wooded forest, where kids can spot fairies hiding in the beautiful mural that sets the scene. They can dress up and make up their own world to visit, turning the centerpiece of a beautiful wooden playhouse into anything they want it to be. There are not structured activities or snack times here, but rather a bright and sunny space where imaginations run free. Parents can join in the play, or sit back and read, work or enjoy a cup of coffee while they watch the kids play. And when everyone gets hungry or thirty, they can grab a snack at the café that serves organic drinks and treats. Kids can play all day for $8 (it’s only $5 for 6-12 months olds and siblings).
A Faery Hunt
This family show entertains kids, and also invites them to become part of the show. Kids love to come in costume to follow the faeries through different outdoor venues – some of the most beautiful gardens and parks in town – as the story unfolds. The stories usually involve an adventure that Faeries embark on, asking the kids to come along and help. Kids of all ages love the show, which offers beautiful faeries, action scenes, silly gags and topical humor to keep the whole family entertained. There are several different shows, so you can see it in different locations without getting bored. One of the shows takes place monthly indoors, too.
Indoor show is at the Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, Ca
Other performance locations vary, taking place at Descanso Gardens, Griffith Park, Crestwood Park, Tarzana Community Center and other beautiful spots across town.
Where do you take your princes and princesses to play?
Photo credits: A Faery Hunt pictures courtesy of A Faery Hunt via facebook, Fairies and Dragons picture courtesy of Fairies and Dragons via facebook, and Lollipop Dream picture courtesy of Lollipop Dream via facebook