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10 Fun Indoor Places To Go In Los Angeles When It’s Hot Outside

Skates at Moonlight Rollerway at #MomsLAHoliday Party (photo by Yvonne Condes)

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When the temperatures are high, the temptation is to stay inside. But you’ve got to get out of the house before the family goes stir crazy! You’ve played at different indoor play places, and you’re running out of ideas. Don’t worry — here is our list of 10 fun ideas for where to go and what to do when it’s just too hot outside.

Skates at Moonlight Rollerway at #MomsLAHoliday Party (photo by Yvonne Condes)

Bowling — Kids Bowl Free

several locations including
Matador Bowl
9118 Balboa Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324

Kids 12 and younger can bowl 2 free games each day this summer at select bowling alleys throughout the Los Angeles area. Parents must complete an online registration for each child. When it’s too hot to play outside, bowling is a fun, indoor alternative that still keeps your child moving. And it’s something the whole family can do. Check the website for details and other participating locations.

Moonlight Rollerway

5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204

If you’ve never been to Moonlight Rollerway, you’ll wonder why you haven’t. Families will enjoy roller-skating fun at this popular spot that has been entertaining families since the 1950’s. While classes are offered, free-skate is also offered on a regular basis. Check the website for hours and information about admission fees and skate rentals.

Central Library

630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

You can find a Los Angeles Public Library in every neighborhood. And even if your kids aren’t avid readers, the Public Library system offers much more than books. This important community resource also offers classes, hands-on activities and workshops, special events, and more. Programs include movie screenings, story times, games, and more. Click here to read our post “10 Things You Can Do At The Los Angeles Public Library System.”

Pasadena Ice Skating Center

300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101

Ice skating is another fun way to keep the family moving, active, and cool. The Pasadena Ice Skating Center offers public sessions each day of the week (times are available online). They welcome all ages and all skill levels, and have skates to rent.

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Indoor museums are a great destination on super-hot days. When the temperature soared to over 100 degrees, my son and I spent the day at the California Science Center (his favorite museum). Kids don’t have to worry about keeping their voices low or not being able to touch here. Plus, parents will appreciate the budget-friendly site — admission is free; charges only apply to special exhibitions. Click here to read our Guide to the California Science Center. And click here to read about other museums that offer free admission.

MB2 Raceway Indoor Go-Karting

13943 Balboa Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342

If you’re looking for a unique, indoor family activity, head to MB2 Indoor Go-Karting. Here, you’ll participate in a high-speed race simulation in an indoor road course. Junior karts are available for kids (who must be at least 48” tall to race). Racers are provided helmets and must be wearing closed-toe shoes. Pricing and package information is available online.

Color Me Mine

233 A 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, then 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. Check the website for details.

Youth Enrichment Classes

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
several locations including
1553 N. Schrader Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles offers a wide-range of youth enrichment classes. Whether your child is just beginning to express an interest in a certain area or is looking to further his/her knowledge and skills, YMCA offers classes in dance, music, creative and performing arts, fitness, and more. Different classes may be offered at different branches; check the website for details.

Summer Movie Express at Regal Theatres

several locations including
Edwards Alhambra Renaissance 14 & IMAX
1 E. Main St., Alhambra, CA 91801

Hot weather is usually a perfect time to go to the movies; however, it can get expensive. Fortunately, Regal Theatres offers its Summer Movie Express program. All summer long, each Tuesday and Wednesday, Regal Theatres plays family-friendly movies for the bargain admission price of $1 per ticket. Some of this summer’s offerings include Trolls, The Lego Batman Movie, and Boss Baby to name a few. Check the website to locate a theatre near you and for that theatre’s upcoming schedule.

Los Angeles Sparks

STAPLES Center
1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Not all professional sporting events are held outside. Head inside to the STAPLES Center to cheer on our Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA). Check the website for a schedule of upcoming games. And click here to read our post “6 Reasons Why Families Should Attend L.A. Sparks Games.”

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