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The city of Tarzana is named after Tarzan, the character made famous by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. In fact, Tarzana is located on the site of the former ranch owned by Mr. Burroughs. And in this neighborhood that borders Encino and Woodland Hills, you’ll find many family-friendly things to do.
Tarzana Community and Cultural Center
19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
The Tarzana Community and Cultural Center is housed in a lovely park-like setting that is the site for many special events. In the museum, families will find photographs, documents, and memorabilia related to the history of Tarzana. While the Tarzana Community and Cultural Center is located on a busy stretch of Ventura Boulevard, you’ll find a peaceful, lovely garden inside complete with a koi pond. The site is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Black Bear Diner
18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
Black Bear Diner was founded in 1995 in Mount Shasta, California. Now you can find 108 diners in 9 states. They feature a large menu with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, and their special “Cubs menu” is just right for kids. At Black Bear Diner, it’s not just about the food. Children will be enchanted by the bear sculptures. (Each location has its own set of sculptures ranging from grape-stomping bears to skiing bears). Additionally, each location has “sweeping, colorful, bear-mottled murals.”
Meri Cherry Art Studio
19237 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
Meri Cherry Art Studio is a “process based art studio.” They host play groups, workshops, art classes, and birthday parties. Additionally, Open Studio (offered twice a week) allows children to come in and experiment and create. “Open Studio is about tinkering, making important decisions, troubleshooting, and making connections.” Toddler Art Play Group is essentially a fun, art-based play date, but parents don’t have to deal with the set-up or clean-up. Check the website for details on classes, special events, and fees.
Encino – Tarzana Branch Library
18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
The Encino-Tarzana Branch Library is a part of the Los Angeles Public Library System. The library offers a number of special events and activities for the whole family including children’s story times, Teen Tech Month (during March), and more. Check the website for a schedule of upcoming events. The library is closed on Sundays.
We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym
5520 Crebs Ave., Tarzana, CA 91356
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is an indoor play place for all kids (ages 1 month to 13 years). They provide “children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills.” Here you’ll find kids being kids — climbing, swinging, playing, having fun. You’ll find kids who may be on the autism spectrum playing alongside their siblings and friends in a safe, welcoming environment. Kids will enjoy a zip line, an indoor play structure, trampoline, and more. We Rock the Spectrum offers classes, parties, and open play sessions as well.
Tarzana Park and Recreation Center
5655 Vanalden Ave., Tarzana, CA 91356
You won’t run out of things to do at the Tarzana Park and Recreation Center. They offer a variety of special activities and classes (after-school and during summer and winter breaks). Additionally, the facility features picnic tables, a baseball diamond, basketball courts, and a children’s play area.
The Tree House – Indoor Children’s Playground
18600 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
The Tree House is an indoor children’s playground featuring a toddler area, slides, ball pit, and more. They offer a lounge area for parents to enjoy while the kids are bouncing, climbing, and playing. In addition, The Tree House hosts mommy-and-me classes and serves as a birthday party venue. Children 8 and younger are sure to enjoy this the treehouse-themed indoor jungle gym. Check the website for details.
18399 Ventura Blvd. #16, Tarzana, CA 91356
Whether your child is just becoming interested in art or is looking to learn some new skills and techniques, you’ll want to check out KidsArt. They offer fine art instruction for artists ages 4 to adult, “teaching skill-based fundamentals.” Classes are either 1 hour or 1 1/2 hour in length. Different specialities are offered (such as anime and cartooning) as well as seasonal workshops.
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