Tinseltown with the Kids
Here they are — ten kid-friendly things you can do in Hollywood:
1. Hunt for chipmunk paw prints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where Alvin, Simon, and Theodore made their impressions last year.
2. Arrive at Universal Studios Hollywood when it opens and head straight for the studio tour.
3. Spot a celebrity while loading up on pancakes on the patio of the Alcove Cafe in the Los Feliz neighborhood.
4. Ponder gravity at the Griffith Observatory, where the Gunther Depths of Space gallery includes scales to show how a 100-pound Earthling would weigh the equivalent of 37.8 pounds on Mercury.
5. Behold the neighboring statues of Johnny Ramone (shaggy guitarist from punk rock’s Ramones) and Toto (shaggy cairn terrier from The Wizard of Oz) among the graves at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
6. Mosey up Beachwood Drive to Sunset Ranch for a horseback ride on the hills near the Hollywood sign.
7. Hear the pipes of the Mighty Wurlitzer herald a matinee at El Capitan, a revived 1920s theater.
8. Climb Mount Hollywood by following the Charlie Turner trail from the Griffith Observatory’s parking lot to the top (2.5 miles round trip) for a sweeping view of the city.
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9. Stand under a 340-ton boulder (“Levitated Mass” by Michael Heizer) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
10. Visit the museum at dusk to see a forest of vintage street lamps light up Wilshire Boulevard (“Urban Light” by Chris Burden).
This article, written by Chris Reynolds, is featured in the latest issue of Traveler. Like what you see? Buy the whole issue for your iPad.