9 Things to Do In Leimert Park With Kids
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Leimert Park is a historic community located in South Los Angeles. Here, you’ll find tree-lined streets, friendly neighbors, and a celebration of black culture. And for those who are unsure of the correct pronunciation, Leimert rhymes with “alert.” Here is our list of 9 Things to Do With Kids in Leimert Park.
Leimert Park Art Walk
W. 43rd Pl. at Degnan, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Families are invited to participate in the Leimert Park Art Walk on the last Sunday of each month. Enjoy a day of art exhibitions, music, food, drumming, fashion, local shopping, and more. Local merchants and art studios also host special events including seminars, performances, screenings, and more. Check the website for details.
Brooklyn Deli and Mini Market
4308 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008
Brooklyn Deli is the dream of a husband-and-wife team and has been in business since 2014. At this popular eatery, families can build their own sandwiches selecting your meat (they don’t serve pork), bread, cheese, and condiments or choosing from customer favorites (many of which are named after family members). Brooklyn Deli is also proud of what it is doing for the environment – using forks made from corn (which are biodegradable) and napkins which are made from post consumer recycled content. They are closed on Sundays.
Eso Won Books
4327 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008
Eso Won Books is a well-known, well-respected “black-owned bookshop.” This popular, intimate store offers new releases as well as classics. You’ll find friendly and knowledgeable service here as well. The store specializes in featuring African-American authors as well as books that feature African-American characters, particularly important for children’s books. Eso Won also hosts a number of community events, book discussions, and author signings.
Art + Practice
3401 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90008 and
Public Programs Space:
4334 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 9008
Art + Practice has two areas of focus: “supporting the needs of its local foster youth while also providing the community with free access to museum-curated contemporary art.” Admission to all exhibitions and public programs is free and open to all. The current exhibit is Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex. Check the website for a list of upcoming events.
3825 S. Bronson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 9000
Kiddie City is a children’s indoor playground designed for children 7 and younger. At Kiddie City, it’s all about “Little people. Big adventures.” The site features child-sized businesses (barbershop, police station, fire department, beauty salon) as well as many opportunities for pretend play. Kiddie City also hosts parties as well as classes and story times. While children play, adults can enjoy the reclining lounge chairs and free WiFi. They are open seven days a week; be sure to call ahead on the weekend to see if Open Play is being offered or if a party is scheduled.
The World Stage
4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008
The World Stage is an “educational and performance art space in Leimert Park Village, the heart of Los Angeles’ African American cultural community.” Founded in 1989, The World Stage has a capacity of 100 and hosts weekly workshops as well as ticketed performances. A variety of workshop are offered including a weekly children’s Drum Workshop each Monday evening and a Woodwind Workshop each Sunday afternoon. Performances are generally scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings. Check the calendar for upcoming events.
Ackee Bamboo Jamaican Cuisine
4305 Degnan Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Maybe a family trip to Jamaica isn’t in the budget, but a meal at Ackee Bamboo Jamaican Cuisine definitely is. This popular eatery has been in business since 2001 and continues to attract repeat customers. Patrons speak highly of the fresh food and friendly service. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner (including a daily special) and are closed on Mondays.
Leimert Plaza Park
4395 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008
Leimert Plaza Park is a prime gathering space in Leimert Park. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch outside. Toss a frisbee, sit down with a good book, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the center fountain.
Attend a Signature Event
Leimert Park Village
43rd and Degnan, Los Angeles, CA
Leimert Park hosts special community events throughout the year. These signature events happen yearly and are a wonderful way to celebrate, learn, and make new friends. Such events include the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, the Leimert Park Juneteenth Heritage Festival, and the Leimert Park Village Art and Music Festival. Still to come this year is the Kwanzaa Heritage Festival, held each year from December 26th to January 1st.
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