Sylmar may be known for their olives; in fact, the city has its own martini. But you’ll also find many family-friendly things to do in this city which is also known as the “Sea of Trees.”
Things to do in Sylmar with Kids
El Cariso Community Regional Park
13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar, CA 91342
Families will find lots to do at the El Cariso Community Regional Park. Within the 80-acre park, you’ll find a swimming pool, picnic areas, children’s play areas, tennis courts, and a fitness zone. In addition, El Cariso Park also hosts the city’s annual Olive Festival (this year, it’s planned for September 24th and 25th).
Sylmar Branch Library
14561 Polk St., Sylmar, CA 91342
The Sylmar Branch Library is a part of the Los Angeles Public Library system. You’ll find a variety of special events at the Sylmar Library including a teen poetry and book club, yoga for tweens and teens, arts and crafts, story times, and more. Many libraries seem to gear their special activities towards younger patrons, but Sylmar Library offers quite a bit of special events geared specifically towards tweens and teens. (Note the library is closed on Sundays).
Wilson Canyon Park
14450 Olive View Dr., Sylmar, CA
Wilson Canyon Park is a 240-acre park above the San Gabriel Mountains. Families can enjoy easy-to-moderate hiking trails, wildlife, and a variety of vegetation. There is a year-round creek and inspiring views. Many birdwatchers, mountain bikers, and picnickers take advantage of this scenic spot.
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Wildlife Learning Center
16027 Yarnell St., Sylmar, CA 91342
At the Wildlife Learning Center, families can learn about animals from around the world. There are more than 100 animals being cared for at this special facility. If you’re looking for a more interactive experience you can choose an “Individual Animal Experience,” such as feeding a porcupine, holding an owl, or meet and touch a fennec fox. (These experiences require an additional fee. Call ahead before visiting to make sure that the animal you wish to see will be available the day you plan to visit). The Center is open seven days a week from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. General admission is $9 for adults and $7 for children 15 and under. Children two and younger are free.
Veterans Memorial Community Regional Park
13000 Sayre St., Sylmar, CA 91342
Veterans Memorial Park is made up of 97-acres. There are lots of options here for families so they can create an outing that suits their needs. You’ll find picnic areas, a large pavilion, rolling hills, and a children’s playground. In addition, there are camping areas here, as well as trails that families can use for walking, jogging, or bike riding.
The Nethercutt Museum and Collection
15151 Bledsoe St. and 15200 Bledsoe St., Sylmar, CA 91342
The Nethercutt Museum offers self-guided tours Tuesdays through Saturdays, while the Nethercutt Collection offers tours three days a week. Advanced reservations are recommended for these tours, and children under 10 aren’t allowed. At The Nethercutt Museum, you’ll find more than 130 vintage, classic, and antique cars, with some dating back to the 1890s. Outside the Museum you’ll also find a 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive and 1912 Pullman Private Car. The Nethercutt Collection showcases antique furniture, mechanical musical instruments, antique cars, and automobile collectibles. Free admission is offered at both sites, though neither site has a restaurant or picnic area. (Keep in mind that The Nethercutt Collection is updating its elevator which means it will be out of service until the end of this year. Tours require climbing several flights of stairs).
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.
Stetson Ranch Park
Glen Oaks and Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA
You’ll find Stetson Ranch Park at the base of the Angeles National Forest. There are hiking and equestrian trails at this park. In addition, you can access the Saddletree Ranch Trailhead from the park. Families can picnic here as well, while enjoying incredible views.