Urban asphalt got you down?  If you’re looking for some new fun in the sun in the middle of the city,  grab a grassy patch, your kids, a memory of your own youthful energy and abandon and start rolling.  You’ll gather no moss, and you’ll have loads of silly fun.

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The Page Museum
You’ll have no trouble finding the right place- the giggles and shrieks of glee will lead you right to the two large, clean and obstacle free mounds of green grass. Kids of all ages -and the young at heart – will be compelled to roll down again and again (and again.) The hill is on both sides of the main entrance to the museum.

Tips: When the little ones get dizzy, head them towards the multitude of food trucks parked across the street, where each weekend you’ll find an array of cuisines to suit your pint-sized individual. Follow that with the outdoor exhibits at LACMA next door and you’ll have a full outdoor itinerary.

The Page Museum
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90036

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The Getty Center
Have wee ones too fidgety to appreciate fine art? Then take turns with a friend watching the small set roll down the immaculate hill in the central gardens (above the bougainvillea arbors) while you stroll among the classics in quiet contemplation.

Tip: Bring your own picnic, or buy it on the spot. Boxed lunches and grab-and-go-items are available from the café.

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
West LA 90049

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Clover Park
Away from traffic and nestled against the Santa Monica Airport, the two sunken baseball diamonds feature ample rolling grounds of all grades. The grounds are kept well maintained (read: no doggie-do) and parking is plentiful. In between tumbling, bring the bikes and scooters for laps on the paved pathway around the park, wave to the planes or explore the two children’s playgrounds. Be prepared though, no one can resist climbing up the observation tower. Head to the south side of the park, closest to 25th Street.

Tip: If they’ve worked up an appetite, stop off for family friendly eats at The Counter, Native Foods and Creation Grill. Or grab a cool-down treat at Menchie’s, all in the same plaza just a block away.

Clover Park
2600 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica 90405

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Burton W. Chase Park
Roll to the sounds of the waves on this harbor view knoll where you can picnic by the ocean without getting sand in your sangria. The mound here (right by the whitewashed picnic area near the harbor) is gentle and sloped towards the water, but relax, there is a fence separating your little adventurers from rolling headfirst into the marina.

Tip: Rather than wait for a spot in the tiny lot adjacent to the park, head to the supplementary lot to the left. You’ll walk less than a half block extra, feel less parking rage, and hear a lot less whining from the backseat.

Burton W. Chase Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey 90292

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Ocean View Park
This little gem of a park is almost hidden from view by the Sea Colony townhomes, but once you find it, the kids won’t be able to resist running up the spiral walkway to the top. Studded with palm trees and ringed by the walkway, this mound requires more of a stop-and-go rolling method but the kiddos will soon be masters at that. To get there from Main St., head west on Ashland Walk.

Tip: When the rollers get tired, head off to South Beach Park, just a couple of minutes walk south along the bike path where Santa Monica’s newest playground on the sand awaits.

Ocean View Park
2701 Barnard Way
Santa Monica 90405

In addition to being free, these hilly attractions have one big bonus to sweeten the deal.
What comes up must go down. In this case, in order to roll back down, little legs must trudge uphill many, many times. Which means you’ll be indulging in a well deserved margarita (or two) in front of the Roku box while the kiddos zonk out early tonight.

Where’s your favorite rolling green?

Photo credits: Emi Ruzzin, woodleywonderworks via Creative Commons and © 2014 J. Paul Getty Trust