Cheviot Hills Recreation Center offers many fun activities for kids including baseball, tennis and soccer

Rancho Park/Cheviot Hills is located on the westside of Los Angeles. In this neighborhood (also known for its proximity to film studios), you’ll find a variety of family-friendly activities.

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Cheviot Hills Recreation Center offers many fun activities for kids including baseball, tennis and soccer

Cheviot Hills Recreation Center
2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064

The Cheviot Hills Recreation Center is popular with local families. They offer a variety of classes, special programs, and sports leagues. In addition, the park facilities include a baseball diamond, basketball courts, picnic tables, seasonal swimming pool, children’s play area, jogging path, tennis courts, and more. The kids will have lots of fun running around and exploring the large grassy areas. Come prepared with snacks, water, balls, and Frisbees.

Children’s Book World
10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Children’s Book World has it all — over 80,000 titles as well as music, science kits, craft kits, and more. They’ve been in business since 1986 and are known for their friendly and knowledgeable staff. They also host special events each Saturday morning; you can check their website for information about their upcoming schedule. You and your family are guaranteed to find titles here that you most likely won’t find elsewhere. (They are closed on Sundays).

Pamper & Play
2279 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

A visit to Pamper & Play is as much for the children as it is for the adults. Here you’ll find a “play studio that offers fun and enrichment for children while parents take a break.” Parents will find a special parents lounge complete with free WiFi and complimentary beverages — a great place to get some work done or just take a few minutes for yourself. Children will find lots of activities to keep them busy, new friends to play with, and CPR-certified play supervisors. Pamper & Play also offers special “camps” for days when traditional schools are closed. Check the website for more information about all the services offered.

The Apple Pan
18001 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Take the family to The Apple Pan for a no-frills, all-yummy meal. Loyal customers speak highly of the restaurant’s Hickoryburger, sandwiches, and of course, pies. Select among fresh apple pie as well as cream pies. Eating at the u-shaped counter provides some extra entertainment, as kids watch the food being prepared. And after you visit once, you’ll most likely be planning repeat visits to this famous establishment, which first opened back in 1947 and was named “best burger in America” in 2012 by National Geographic. 

Rolling Robots
10955 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Rolling Robots is the place for kids who question, who want to learn why, and kids who like to create. A variety of different workshops/programs are offered, with one for children as young as 4 years old. Or, if you’re looking for an alternative birthday party venue, Rolling Robots also hosts children’s birthday parties. It’s a great place to look into if you’re searching for more opportunities for children to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts.

Rancho Park Golf Course
10460 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

A round of golf in the middle of the city! Rancho Park Golf Course is an eighteen-hole course that first opened back in 1949. But, if your family isn’t ready for the challenge of a full eighteen holes, you can take advantage of the driving range (made up of two-levels and 45 stalls) and practice putting greens. Golf instruction is also offered here as well, and you’ll find an on-site coffee shop.

The Museum of Tolerance
9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Adjacent to Rancho Park/Cheviot Hills, you’ll find the powerful Museum of Tolerance. Be advised that a visit to the Museum is most suitable for mature children who can handle the images and information that will be presented. The Museum looks at prejudice and discrimination in our world. The Museum is highly interactive. For instance, while walking through the Holocaust exhibit, visitors are given a passport card with the story of a child’s life. As you navigate the exhibit, the passport is updated, and at the end of the exhibit, you learn the fate of the child. The “Tolerancenter” exhibit takes a look at contemporary acts of intolerance. A special exhibit on Anne Frank requires an additional ticket. The Museum is closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays. Check the website for information on hours and fees.

Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library
2920 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064

The Palms-Rancho Park Library is a part of the Los Angeles Public Library System. At this branch, families will find a variety of special events and programs including Toddler Storytime, Baby Storytime, book clubs, Science Fun (check out the one scheduled for Saturday, January 28th for children 3-7 years of age), Knitting Workshops for Kids, and more. Check the website before visiting — the library is closed on Sundays and opening hours vary from day to day.

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