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Beverly Hills may be a tourists’ mecca. But the city also offers a wide-variety of family friendly activities and things to do (many at little or no cost).
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Beverly Hills Public Library
444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The children’s department of the Beverly Hills Library is a very special place. You’ll find plenty of chairs and reading areas, a small play room for the youngest members of the family, and a mini auditorium where story times are regularly held. Additionally, the library offers various seasonal activities including a Summer Reading Program, movie screenings, and more. All activities are free. (Library cards are not restricted to Beverly Hills residents, though proof of current address is required to obtain a card). (Parking is free for two hours).
Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
9300 block of Civic Center Dr. (between 3rd St. and Santa Monica)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Open each Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market is more than just a farmers’ market. You’ll find seasonal fruits and vegetables, speciality items, juices, breads, flowers, and more. There are also ready-to-eat treats available such as crepes, tamales, and more. Additionally, throughout the year, the Farmers’ Market hosts special events such as “PickleFest,” “Pie Bake and Piesta,” and more. Each week, you’ll find a Kid’s Zone which includes different activities (including story time).
Color Me Mine
233 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Color Me Mine provides everything but your own creativity. It’s an easy process — pick your ceramic item, paint it and decorate it any way you like, Color Me Mine will fire it, and when the item is ready, you’re ready to bring home a unique ceramic creation. Once the items are home, you can put them out for display or use them on a regular basis. All paints are non-toxic, lead-free, and food-safe. Color Me Mine charges for the item as well as a studio fee ($10 for adults, $6 for kids 10 and under).
Paley Center for Media
465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The Paley Center for Media offers another way of looking at the influence and significance of television and radio on society. A visit to the Paley allows families to access its archives and view shows and important televised events from years past. In addition, the Paley offers special discussions and panels (check their website for a schedule). The Paley Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays and offers free admission (although contributions are welcome).
Beverly Hills Trolley Tour
280 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
A unique way to see Beverly Hills is by taking a trolley tour. The 40-minute tour departs on the hour between 11:00 am to 4:00 pm each weekend. You’ll learn some history about the city, view interesting architecture, and see famous landmarks. Adult riders pay $5 and children 12 and under are $1.
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
A visit to the Wallis Annenberg Center is more than just a day or evening enjoying a live performance. You’ll also find a bit of landmark historical architecture in the form of the 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office. Nowadays, the Wallis is home to productions ranging from film screenings, classical music, concerts geared for young people, and dance.
Beverly Gardens Park
Santa Monica Blvd. between Wilshire and Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This impressive linear park runs for 1.9 miles. Stroll block after block, and your family will discover a variety of specialty gardens (such as the Cactus Garden and the Rose Garden), the Wilshire Electric Fountain, walking paths, and sculptures. You’ll also find the famous Beverly Hills sign and lily pond (a favorite photo-op spot).
Will Rogers Memorial Park
9650 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Will Rogers Memorial Park may be the perfect place for a picnic. Palm trees, shady areas, large green open spaces, and a fountain filled with Koi fish await you here. Pack a lunch, bring a ball, and enjoy the sunshine.
The Witch’s House (a.k.a. The Spadena House)
516 N. Walden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Although technically a private residence, “The Witch’s House” gets its share of onlookers. The house was originally built in 1921 for a silent film movie studio and was moved to its current location in 1934. Many compare this house to the witch’s house in the Hansel and Gretel story because of its pointy roof and tiny windows.
Greystone Mansion and Park
905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
At Greystone Mansion you’ll find eighteen lush acres surrounding an impressive mansion. This registered historical landmark is open to the public and has also been featured in many films, used in photo shoots, and serves as the location for weddings and other special events. Families may explore two public areas of the grounds. Additionally, throughout the year, Greystone will host special musical and theatrical performances. There are no fees to visit. (Check the website before you go to ensure the grounds will be open the day you wish to visit).
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