Spending the day in Los Angeles with the kiddos but looking for something different from your usual museum or playground routine?  Get the little ones actively engaged, bellies happy, and artsy-fartsy-inspired: take them to create their own cake masterpieces at Duff’s Cakemix, grab lunch at Blue Cow Kitchen, and browse the fun and funky designs at the Poketo shop!

Okay, so have you taken the kiddos to decorate their way through Duff’s Cakemix yet?  First, make sure you reserve the decorating kits ahead of time so that you ensure your little ones get the flavors their creative sweet tooth desires.  Once you get there, you’ll be able to pick either a cake or 8 cupcakes to decorate, the cake flavor, frosting flavor, and canvas type (buttercream or fondant).  Then the kids can sit for hours and decorate their hearts away.  All decorating kits are also available to-go which are perfect at-home party activities.  While you’re watching the kids, order yourself Duff’s Roast Coffee and a slice of pumpkin chocolate chip or caramel apple cake!

Duff’s Cakemix

8302 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, Ca


Online: duffscakemix.com

After decorating their cake masterpieces, drive the kiddos downtown to lunch at the hip and fun Blue Cow Kitchen.  The energetic EAT HAPPY sign alone will excite the kiddos to savor their meal.  Although there is no kid’s menu, the grilled cheese with corn chowder will be a sure hit.  The little ones will also love the delicious country fried chicken rolls with baked then fried potatoes: a.k.a. country fried chicken on King’s Hawaiian rolls with French fries.  After lunch, have the kiddos run around and enjoy the fun waterfalls that the California Plaza has to offer.  Across the street from the California Plaza, there are also some colorfully, intriguing sculptures that are perfect for fun pictures of the little ones.

Blue Cow Kitchen

350 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, Ca


Online: bluecowkitchen.com

Just a few blocks down from lunch is a popular, indie design shop that creates art for your everyday.  What used to be an online store for many years, Poketo recently opened its brick and mortar shop in downtown.  The husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung are the creative and modest geniuses behind this little shop.  Their designs have been so popular that they collaborated with Target in 2010 to curate a special designer collection that sold out nationwide.  They carry everything from books to backpacks, and clothes to vases; anything and everything that is functional but artfully created to inspire your daily life. You can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted hair pins as well as kid-friendly books on traveling to Hong Kong or London for your little ones.  Don’t forget the heart shaped utensils; a fun way for kids to enjoy their afternoon fruits and veggies.  You can even find cute dresses, purses, and pouches for yourself!  While you’re at it, find that awesome teacher appreciation gift: plenty of jewelry and stationary that will have everyone asking, Now where did you find that?!


820 East 3rd Street

Los Angeles, Ca


Online: poketo.com

Have you visited any of these spots with your kids? Let us know in the comment section below. 

— Sommy Rhee

first photo courtesy of Duff’s Cake Mix; all other photos Sommy took herself!