Brentwood is a neighborhood in West Los Angeles. You’ll find plenty of shopping and dining options along San Vicente Boulevard, the main street in Brentwood. In addition, families can explore world-famous art and architecture, as well as marvel at the official trees of Los Angeles, all within this one neighborhood.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Since it opened in 1996, the Skirball Cultural Center has been inviting visitors to come to its campus to “participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope.” In addition to its permanent exhibits, the Skirball hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, including sing-alongs, musical performances, and film screenings. Special family-centric highlights include the “Archaeological Dig Site and Discovery Center (where children can try to find artifacts buried in sand) and the Family Art Studio (where children and their parents can create their own art projects). One of the definite must-sees at the Skirball is Noah’s Ark. In this special place, children can build, climb, explore, and play while marveling at the floor-to-ceiling wooden ark filled with unique animals. (The Skirball is closed on Mondays, and advance-tickets to Noah’s Ark are recommended. (Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for children over 12, and $7 for children 2-12. Children under two are free).
The Brentwood Farmers’ Market
Gretna Green Way (between San Vicente and Montana Ave.), Los Angeles, CA
Families will find a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables at the Brentwood Farmers’ Market. In addition, vendors offer handmade arts and crafts, prepared foods, baked goods, and more. The Farmers’ Market is open each Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.
Jenny Bec’s – A Store for Children
11710 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
You’ll find it all under one roof at Jenny Bec’s. This neighborhood store specializes in games, toys, books, puzzles, and arts and crafts for newborns to tweens. Popular among locals, visiting families will also appreciate the wide selection and the complimentary gift-wrapping service.
Barrington Recreation Center
333 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Families will find plenty to do at the Barrington Recreation Center. A variety of sports programs are offered. In addition, you’ll find a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a football field, a children’s play area, tennis courts, a soccer field, and picnic areas.
Donald Bruce Kaufman – Brentwood Library
11820 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Brentwood Branch Library is a part of the Los Angeles Public Library System. A variety of special activities and events are scheduled at this library, including morning story times, film screenings, and more. The Library also hosts STAR volunteer readers, who read to children throughout the week.
San Vicente Blvd. (between Bringham Ave. and 26th St.), Los Angeles, CA
If you’re heading to Brentwood, make sure to take time to marvel at the famous Coral Trees you’ll find along San Vicente Boulevard. These coral trees have been designated the official tree of Los Angeles. These large, twisting trees are definitely a sight to see.
11708 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, make sure to stop by Susie Cakes. All the sweet treats at Susie Cakes are made without any artificial preservatives; everything is baked from scratch. Selections include cakes, brownies, cookies, and pies. You can even find gluten-free and dairy-free items here as well. Susie Cakes believes that cakes shouldn’t just be reserved for special occasions, so go ahead and celebrate a day with your family in Brentwood by treating yourself to a tasty dessert. (They’re closed on Sundays).
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr. (for GPS use N. Sepulveda Blvd. and Getty Center Dr.), Los Angeles, CA 90049
When you visit the Getty, you have the opportunity to view amazing art pieces as well as the opportunity to get a view of Los Angeles you don’t often see. Children will most likely be intrigued before you even reach the Museum; riding the computer-operated trams from the parking lot is sure to garner a lot of excitement among young visitors. The permanent collection includes European and American art, from Medieval Times to the present. In addition to what you’ll see inside, is what you’ll see outside — the Getty’s famous Central Garden and architecture. The Getty Center also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year including live musical performances, lectures, film screenings, and more. And be sure to visit the Getty’s Family Room, a place where kids can build, touch, draw all based on the Getty Center’s exhibits. Admission is free; parking is $15. (The Getty is closed on Mondays).
Brentwood Country Mart
225 26 St., Santa Monica, CA
Though technically located within the city of Santa Monica, the Brentwood Country Mart isn’t that far from other spots in Brentwood. This shopping center first opened in 1948 and its popularity just seems to grow each year. In the courtyard area, you’ll find a variety of dining and/or snacking options including Sweet Rose Creamery and Reddi Chick. An assortment of shops is located here as well including Toy Crazy; Diesel, a Bookstore; and Poppy Store.
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