Once every 4 years it’s time to curl up on the couch and watch some serious athletes compete in the winter games.  Whether you prefer the speed (and slight ludicrousness) of the luge, the grace of the figure skaters or the fearlessness of the snowboarders, it’s all spectacular for family viewing.  But you and your Bode Miller, Shaun White or Gracie Gold wanna-bes can also get out and get a little Olympic action (and history) of your own, even in sunny SoCal…

Visit the First Olympic Village (Sort Of)

Fun fact #1: An Olympic Village was built for the first time at any Olympics in Los Angeles in 1932, and it was located in Baldwin Hills. Take a trip to that part of town, where the village no longer exists, but for the adventurous and athletic, we love the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (see the image above for the view from the top). However, if you’re carrying or pushing kids with legs too little for the climb the stairs, we’d recommend stopping instead at nearby Kenneth Hahn Park. There you’ll find a trout pond, brook, playground and easy hiking trails.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
6300 Hetzler Rd., Culver City

Kenneth Hahn Park
4100 S La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

One last fun fact: Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics twice and both times it was by default, as no other city bid to host either the 1932 or 1984 games.

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What sport are you looking forward to catching in the 2014 Winter Games?  Let us know in the comment section!

-Meghan Rose

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