Burbank is often referred to as the “Media Capital of the World.” You’ll find lots to do with kids in this city that has strong ties to the entertainment and aviation industries.
Johnny Carson Park
400 Bob Hope Dr., Burbank, CA 91505
This family-friendly park is named after Johnny Carson, the longtime host of The Tonight Show, which had taped in Burbank for over 40 years. This picturesque park features a children’s playground as well as picnic benches, a walking trail, extensive landscaping, and more.
Chandler Blvd. (Mariposa St. to Clybourn Ave.), Burbank, CA
It used to be a railroad track. Now, the Chandler Bikeway is a two-mile long path perfect for some outdoor family fun. You can walk, ride, skate, jog or use scooters or skateboards to explore the trail.
1249 Lockheed View Dr., Burbank, CA 91501
The Starlight Bowl is the place in Burbank to see, hear, and enjoy a variety of different shows. While the summer season is winding down, be sure to check back for next year and make sure to attend one of the special events held at this popular amphitheater. When you do attend a show, be sure to pack a jacket for when the temperatures cool down in the evening. Families are also encouraged to bring picnics and low-back beach chairs for their comfort.
Wildwood Canyon Park
1701 Wildwood Canyon, Burbank, CA 91501
Head to Wildwood Canyon Park if your family enjoys hiking. You can travel through the Burbank side of the Verdugo Mountains on a 2-mile long trail. In addition, there are also picnic tables and large grassy areas available, perfect for a picnic. Bring plenty of water and don’t rush so you can enjoy the views.
Burbank Public Libraries
Central Library (110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.,),
Buena Vista Branch (300 N. Buena Vista St.),
Northwest Brach (3323 Victory Blvd.)
The three branches of Burbank’s Public Library System have a lot to offer families. You’ll find a variety of different story times (for different ages), including a Pajama Story Time, as well as a Music and Movement session for preschoolers. Teens can choose to participate in a Readers’ Theater or join an age-appropriate book club. Adults can take advantage of different lectures, classes, book club meetings, and more. And families can enjoy the film screenings and musical concerts that are offered. Check the website for additional information.
Martial Arts History Museum
2319 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
A visit to the Martial Arts History Museum provides families with the opportunity to learn about different Asian countries and the ways in which martial arts have influenced the traditions and history of these countries. In addition, families will learn about Martial Arts in America. The Museum also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Check the website for an upcoming list of scheduled events. The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.
Burbank Certified Farmers’ Market
Olive and Glenoaks, Burbank, CA 91502
Families can visit the Burbank Certified Farmers Market each Saturday, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Rain or shine, you’ll find a variety of vendors offering seasonal fruits and vegetables, eggs, plants and flowers, honey, bread, and much more. And you’ll feel good knowing that all the proceeds from the Farmers Market go to the Providence Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation which provides medical care for those who would be unable to afford it.
Bob’s Big Boy
4211 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505
You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time once you visit this Bob’s Big Boy. Built in 1949, you’ll be impressed by the impressive architectural details including the 70-foot tall Bob’s sign. The restaurant includes a sit-down dining room as well as a drive-in offering car-hop service on Saturday and Sunday nights, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. On Fridays from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm, the restaurant hosts a classic car show. The Burbank location is open 24 hours a day and is the oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy in the United States.
La La Land
443 Irving Dr. #F, Burbank, CA 91504
Kids will enjoy open play at this popular Burbank indoor playground. The facility is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. They also offer a variety of birthday party packages. Parents speak highly of the available parking, the friendly staff, and the attention to detail provided in the birthday parties. And of course, kids will enjoy the slides, the climbing, and the fun they’ll have.
Stough Canyon Nature Center
2300 Walnut Ave., Burbank, CA 91501
The Stough Canyon Nature Center is located in the Verdugo Mountains. Here, families can learn about native plants and flowers as well as native wildlife and their habitats. The Nature Center also features an exhibit hall and a small library. They offer a variety of special programs and activities including docent-led hikes, workshops, day camps, and more. Hiking trails are open dawn to dusk each day. (Families can even host a child’s birthday party here!)
1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504
McCambridge Park offers many facilities to keep families busy during their visit. You’ll find a playground, picnic tables, tennis courts, a basketball court, ball fields, and more. There’s also a swimming pool on site as well. In addition, the McCambridge Recreation Center invites families to stop by for a variety of drop-in activities.
Racer’s Edge Indoor Karting
960 Chestnut St., Burbank, CA 91506
Take the family to Racer’s Edge Indoor Karting for a chance to do some indoor racing. The indoor track features electric karts, and the standard race lasts 10-12 minutes and involves 16 laps. Races can be customized for skill level and group size. Keep in mind that all racers must be at least 50 inches tall to race, must wear closed-toe shoes, and will be provided with a helmet to wear. The facility also features an on-site kitchen.
Gordon R. Howard Museum
115 Lomita St., Burbank, CA 91506
If you’re curious about the history of Burbank, then plan a visit to the Gordon R. Howard Museum. Run by the Burbank Historical Society, the Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and tours are offered by appointment. You’ll see a display of vintage autos, aircraft models, photographs and documents, vintage clothing, Disney memorabilia, and much more.
Rockin’ Kids Burbank
201 E. Magnolia Blvd. #306, Burbank, CA 91502
Rockin’ Kids Burbank is an indoor playground that offers open play as well as serves as a popular site for birthday parties. Their play space is designed for children seven years old and younger. Parents will appreciate the free Wi-Fi as well as the healthy refreshments that are offered. Children will enjoy the variety of toys, games, and play equipment that are a part of Open Play (available Monday through Friday).
1001 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506
Escape the heat at Pickwick Ice. Try out your figure skating skills at this popular site, which features special hours each day for the public to come in and skate. For young skaters, Pickwick offers the “Bobby Seal Skating Aid and Ride.” They also host birthday parties and offer skating and hockey lessons.
921 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506
Nearby Pickwick Bowl offers twenty-four lanes of bowling fun. For kids, they have a fully automated bumper system and dragon ramps making bowling fun for all ages. There’s also an on-site snack bar and pro shop. Check the website for pricing information.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
3400 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505
If you’re interested in going behind-the-scenes, consider taking a Warner Bros. Studio Tour. The three-hour visit takes families on a tour of a working studio, providing views of props, costumes, sets, and more used in popular television shows and movies. Guests will visit the Prop Department and the Picture Car Vault, participate in “Stage 48: Script to Screen,” and much more.
George Izay Park
1111 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506
You’ll know you’ve arrived at the park, when you can see the mounted Air Force jet. In addition, the park has picnic tables, ball fields, horseshoe pits, a playground, and more. You’ll also find the Creative Arts Center located at this park. The Arts Center includes a pottery studio, art gallery, and classroom space. A variety of programs are offered for both children and adults. In addition, the gallery hosts a variety of exhibits throughout the year. Check the website for more information about upcoming shows and classes. (The gallery is closed on Sundays).
Burbank Aviation Museum and Portal of Folded Wings
Valhalla Memorial Park
10621 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA
The Burbank Aviation Museum pays tribute to the important role the city of Burbank has played in aviation history. You’ll find a variety of memorabilia, documents, and more. Hours vary so it’s best to call before visiting to confirm the Museum’s hours of operations. The Portal of Folded Wings is Burbank’s tribute to early aviation pioneers. In addition, you’ll find a large-scale model of the space shuttle to honor our fallen astronauts.