Our family travel series continues with Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck (aka Mama B.). Every month, Nadine showcases a fabulous destination- providing five reasons to visit the hot spot.
This month, we’re visiting the Hollywood area, in case you want to do a LA trip without doing Disney. Here’s where to stay, play and feast.
Where to stay:
Stay in style amidst the Hollywood Hills. The Loews Hollywood Hotel is literally embedded in the heart of the hustle, stationed at Hollywood and Highland. With spacious accommodations and a contemporary feel, this posh place will give your fam an A-list experience.
There’s a great rooftop pool- your kids will love it- and you can stroll Hollywood’s Walk of Fame (the stars) in a matter of minutes. It’s also super close to the Hollywood Bowl, the premier destination for live music in Southern California.
Where to play
There’s plenty of touristy stuff to do in Hollywood… walk the stars, check out the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, go to the Wax Museum, etc… but here are ways to live like the locals, and indulge in a more relaxed, low key, enjoyable experience.
LA’s Griffith Park is AMAZING. It’s one of the largest municipal parks with urban wilderness areas in the United States, and it does not lack things to do. Does your kid love trains? (Mine’s obsessed.) There are two train parks (Travel Town is awesome)- both entertaining for your choo-choo fans. There’s an equestrian center where your kiddos can ride fast (or slow) horses (or ponies). There’s a merry-go-round, Greek Theatre, museums, the Bronson Caves, and of course… the Los Angeles Zoo. You can also hike, camp, bike, golf, swim and more- the area will keep you busy for days. Plan your trip here.
Craving a cultural experience? Your family will love visiting the Skirball Museum on Sepulveda. The Jim Henson Exhibition just concluded- and it was surreal… my kids got up-close and personal with the “real” Muppets. It was also quite interactive. The most amazing part of the cultural center, however, is its Noah’s Ark: play, climb, build, explore, make believe, and make friends—all while exploring a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark, filled to the rafters with whimsical animals. The three enclosed rooms will keep your kids busy for hours (no joke), giving you chill time to watch them have a ball. Reserve your time slot (by clicking here).
Where to feast:
Keep it simple. Pack a picnic lunch if you’re heading to Griffith Park, or eat a quick bite at the Skirball (it’s affordable and plenty of stuff for kids). If you want to eat close to Loews, you’re literally a few steps away from the Hollywood and Highland outdoor shopping complex with plenty of kid-friendly restaurants.
What to bring:
Walking shoes! You’ll be doing a lot of it. Plan for hot or chilly- LA area weather can be unreliable.
Avoid driving during rush hour. While Griffith Park and the Skirball aren’t far from the hotel, you might get stuck in stop-and-go. Leave after 9am and start your trek home around 3pm… unless if you like sitting in the car.
Written by: Nadine Bubeck
Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)