French fries at the Tickle Tree Cafe is just one of the things to do with kids in La Crecenta Montrose

La Crescenta-Montrose is a neighborhood offering much in terms of family-friendly activities. Whether you’re looking for shopping options, a new public library to explore, or a different park to play at you’ll find it here.

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French fries at the Tickle Tree Cafe is just one of the things to do with kids in La Crescenta-Montrose

photo courtesy of Tickle Tree Cafe

La Crescenta Library
2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214

The La Crescenta Library is a branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system. This branch is open seven days a week and includes a designated children’s area with a designated “Family Place.” (The Family Place offers special parent-child workshops, resources for parents, as well as programs, activities, and toys for little ones). Special library events include story times, “family play dates,” art activities through association with Barnsdall Arts, and much more. Check the website for a list of upcoming events.

Two Strike Park
5107 Rosemont Ave., La Crescenta, CA 91214

Two Strike Park is a local family favorite. Here you can take advantage of the green open spaces perfect for running, games of catch, and picnics. Kids will also like the basketball courts and children’s play area. And in case you were wondering about the name of the park, the park was inspired by Mr. Dennis Morgan, a popular movie star of the 1940s and 1950s. He believed all children needed somewhere safe to play, and that a child who played in the street already had two strikes against him (with the third strike possibly being injured by a car). Mr. Morgan staged several celebrity baseball games to raise the money necessary to build Two Strike Park.

Tickle Tree Cafe
2835 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214

Everyone will find something they like on the menu at the Tickle Tree Cafe. (Isn’t that a fun name?) Parents will most likely want to try a cup of their popular coffee. The cafe is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While they don’t advertise a designated kids menu, you’ll find kid favorites such as grilled cheese and hamburgers on the menu. Or choose from their side menu which offers eggs, fruit cup, pancakes, and toast.

Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park
3901 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta, CA 91214

Bring the kids to Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park and enjoy some time outside in what locals call a “hidden jewel” of a park. There are lots of trees as well as native flora and fauna. Bring some magnifying glasses and go on an adventure walk to observe what you notice on your walk. You’ll most likely find families hosting birthday parties. You’ll also find picnic benches and a children’s play area here.

Pickens Canyon Park
2391 W. Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214

You won’t find a large play structure at Pickens Canyon Park. Instead, you’ll find thoughtful landscaping, benches, and informational displays about the history of La Crescenta. This 8,000 square-foot pocket park serves as a great place to go for a leisurely stroll, learn some history, and maybe sit down and read a new (or favorite) book.

Wonderland Indoor Playground
3731 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214

Wonderland Indoor Playground is a popular indoor playground that offers children a “safe, positive, and entertaining environment to learn, role play, imagine, or just jump and hop around.” They are open every day of the week and offer open play sessions, private parties, and weekly workshops and special events. Parents will also appreciate the free Wi-Fi and complimentary cup of coffee.

Montrose Shopping Park
Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA

Some people consider Montrose to be a part of Glendale, while others consider it to be an extension of La Crescenta. So, if you’re looking to explore a charming stretch that includes shops, restaurants, and more, then you’ll want to stroll along Honolulu Avenue. Here you’ll find famous name businesses such as Color Me Mine, as well as more independent shops such as Bellies, Babies, and Bosoms, the Montrose Candy Co., and the Once Upon a Time Bookstore. On Sundays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, you will also find the Harvest Market and Marketplace, a farmers market offering produce, flowers, collectibles, prepared foods, and an interactive children’s area. Check the website for information about periodic events throughout the year as well as a map of the shopping district.

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Wendy is a freelance writer who finds inspiration in her eight-year-old son and from her experiences from her twelve-year teaching career. Her writing has appeared in several publications and anthologies, both in print and online. She prefers sunflowers to roses and thinks chocolate is okay at any meal. You can find her at wendykennar.com.


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