what to do with 2 mother's, 3 teenagers in LA

Feb 21st, 2010, 10:28 AM
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what to do with 2 mother's, 3 teenagers in LA

Any ideas for us when we are in LA for 3 days in March. We'll have one 13yr old girl, a 15 yr old boy and a 16 yr old boy. I don't think we'll do the disney thing but all the hollywood stuff for sure. The kids don't mind hanging with us and are pretty cosmopolitanish(don't seem to get bored)they'll want to go to the beach and see the surfers and bohemian types but what else? American idol taping? Any funky restaurants or patio bars? I guess we can't go up to any of the wineries. Any houses of muscians in the area? Wheezer? Red hot chilli peppers? Cake? Depeche Mode?
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Feb 21st, 2010, 04:13 PM
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Here is a link to a hotel possibility. http://www.farmersdaughterhotel.com/ The Farmer's Daughter used to be a reliable family motel, but it has more recently gotten hip. When I stayed there they were having a Maxim pool party, with tons of C list celebrities.

It's across the street from CBS studios and you can sometimes see television shows taping, although they have age restrictions. That location is also near to the Farmer's Market http://www.farmersmarketla.com/, the La Brea Tarpits, several museums, and Melrose shopping area. Canter's Deli http://www.cantersdeli.com/ is open 24 hours and can be a good place to spot celebrities.

Another place I like to stay is the Magic Castle Hotel http://www.magiccastlehotel.com/. If you stay there you can go to the Magic Castle http://www.magiccastle.com/, which is a private Magician's club, although under 21 year olds can only go for brunch. (Both hotels have 2 bedroom suites, also)

Up the hill from the Magic Castle is Yamashiro's restaurant http://www.yamashirorestaurant.com/info.html, which has an amazing view and role in L.A. film history. This location is walking distance to Grauman's Chinese Theatre and Hollywood Blvd. (the cheesy part). You can get tickets to shows here. It's also near the the Hollywood Bowl. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/ (Link also has info about the dramatic Disney Concert Hall)

Here's a funky restaurant in Eagle Rock, The Oinkster http://www.oinkster.com/concept.htm, which you could combine with a visit to Occidental College, Barack Obama's school for a couple of years. There are a lot of fun things to do in the Pasadena area, although they are mostly arty.

Griffith Park Observatory is quite interesting. http://www.griffithobs.org/
Here's a fun restaurant that isn't too far away in Silverlake. http://www.theoriginalchachacha.com/

Venice Beach and Canals are interesting areas. A somewhat bohemian patio restaurant in the area is the Rose Café. http://www.rosecafe.com/ Also, the Santa Monica pier http://www.santamonicapier.org/ and 3rd street promenade http://www.thirdstreetpromenade.org/visitors/index.html would have some of the atmosphere you are looking for.

The Venice Wikipedia page has a picture of the office building in the shape of binoculars that the kids might get a kick out of seeing, as well as info on the canals and other sites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice,...es,_California

I have seen rock musicians at the Chateau Marmont when I've stayed there, and it's nice to have lunch on the patio and feel the aura of old Hollywood.

Westwood (near UCLA) and Beverley Hills http://www.beverlyhills.org/ areas are fun to stroll. I've enjoyed the Sunday morning farmer's market where the street is blocked off, and there are foods to sample.

There are a lot of fun funky places, but I don't visit that much anymore, although I grew up in L.A. and my son went to college there.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 04:32 PM
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The Farmers Market should entertain everybody for lunch one day.

Hiking the beach path between Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo should fill several hours.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 04:42 PM
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What 3 days in March? So far there's been an absolute paucity of decent concerts in the LA area; gets a little better at the end of March, so let me know.

Unfortunately, Weezer played here last October (and were on the Jimmy Fallon show, playing a live outdoor concert that I went to); and were on the show again last month, but they have no plans for another gig in this neck of the woods for a while. Since you mentioned Depeche Mode, my guess is that you were linking of something for yourself rather than your kids and if that's the case, Tears for Fears (of that era) are playing the Wiltern (fab. venue, allow under 18 year olds!) on March 21st. If you want to go way back to the '70's, Stephen Stills is playing the Music Box in Hollywood (across from the Pantages) on March 18th, or you can go back further to the '60's and see Ray Davies at the Canyon Club in Agoura on March 25th (I'll be there with a few 20 year olds -- son and other kids) -- Classic Rock, the Kinks -- gets them every time!
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Feb 21st, 2010, 04:54 PM
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I also thought of L.A. Live area -- it's a great new area downtown next to the Staples Center and there's restaurants, a new hotel that just opened (JW Marriott), the Lucky Strike Bowling Alley, and two theatres -- Club Nokia (the small venue) and Nokia Live (the larger theate).

Boyz II Men are playing Club Nokia on March 6th (not my cuppa)

Most little clubs, like Whisky a Go Go, Key Club, etc. on Sunset Strip allow all ages. You might want to take them for dinner at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Strip. It is always good for a laugh, and frankly, the pizza is excellent.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 08:29 PM
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Venice Beach is a must-see for teens, especially if it's a nice weekend day. You can also go on the Santa Monica Pier and the 3rd Street Promenade all in the same general vicinity. (SM Pier and third Street Promenade are very close to each other -- you can park in one of the free SM public garages.) Parking at Venice Beach is more of a challenge, but it's worth it.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 06:29 AM
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We took our teens on a GrayLine tour for the first day and saw about twenty different attractions with quick stops at each... then they picked their favorites and we went back on our own.... Venice Beach, Santa Monica pier and promenade, Hollywood, and the Farmers Market won out, but it was great to get a look at the entire area on the tour... have fun!
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 07:12 AM
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Concerts in the area: www.pollstar.com

Hop on Hop off bus - you can catch this in Hollywood and I am not sure if it is the same thing as the greyline tour

You did not mention Universal Studios - this might be fun for all of you.

Map of the stars homes - you can get a map and drive to the stars homes - this might be better saved for another trip you have some fantastic ideas from other people.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 08:15 AM
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There are a few TV show tapings that allow kids under 18. You can check the schedules here:
http://tvtickets.com/fmi/xsl/shows/recordlist.xsl?
http://www.ocatv.com/

Warner Brothers has a studio tour that may interest them. There is also a thrift store that sells excess wardrobe items from the studios: www.itsawraphollywood.com/

If your kids like skateboarding, they might enjoy the skate park at Venice Beach. It gets very crowded on weekends, though. (My 15-yo son, whom I have to light a bomb under to wake up for school, will happily wake up at 6am to get to the Venice skatepark before the crowds get there.)

Of course, my standard suggestion of a bike ride or skate along the beach applies here. You'll see surfers, volleyball players, maybe hang-gliders and pass by cafes with patios where you can stop and people watch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Strand_(bicycle_path)
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Feb 23rd, 2010, 05:11 PM
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Wow the suggestions are terrific! Can't wait to get there from here(Toronto). The Tears for Fears concert sounds good but we'll be gone on the 18th. Heading to Palm Springs and onto Phoenix. I will check out all the links. Thank you!
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Feb 25th, 2010, 02:59 PM
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Oooh, I spoke too soon -- I think you won't be here yet, but on March 11th, Weezer will be on the Last Call with Carson Daly show, which is out of Burbank. Free tickets aren't out yet. Don't know the age limit for that show.
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The Grove & Farmer's Market
La Brea Tar Pits
Olvera Street & Chinatown
Melrose Avenue
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Feb 25th, 2010, 05:21 PM
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kailani totally impressed me with response!

Personally, there wouldn't be enough alcohol available for me to bring 3 teenagers ANYWHERE, but that's just me
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