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My grandmother's funeral is a week from tomorrow (Monday) in Whittier. I will be coming in on Saturday, and need to figure out places to stay. I would like to see my dear friend while I'm in town, and he lives in Irvine. Would staying in downtown LA make sense? If not, what town would you stay in? We want to stay in a nice hotel in an area with some fun things to do or walk to, especially for my dh and 2yo ds, who will be staying at the hotel for the actual funeral. Any ideas? Thanks!
 

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Moving this to the California section of finding your tribe<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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Greetings,<br>
Please accept my sympathy for your grandmother's passing.<br>
I live in LA near downtown and I don't think that is a good place for you to stay on your trip. It is not near Whittier, Irvine or any airports.<br>
Whittier is east of Los Angeles and is a nice older town with a wonderful downtown area that is far more kid-friendly than a lot of LA, but it's pretty hot this time of year. Irvine is in Orange County nearer the ocean so it will be cooler. It is more modern and has an IMAX, shopping malls and lots of movie theaters. You would probably have to do more driving in Irvine.<br>
I can't offer advice on where to stay, but I wanted to warn you away from downtown LA as it is not near where you will be and most of it closes down after the work day.<br>
If you decide to stay downtown, I don't know what your budget is, but the Bonaventure has fun glass elevators and the oh-so-hip Standard has a rooftop pool. Exposition Park has lots of museums. Dodger Stadium is nearby. MOCA is downtown right near the new cathedral and the Music Center. An advantage to downtown is access to Union Station where you can take the Metro to Long Beach (the Aquarium is there) or Pasadena or Universal City depending on your taste. The LA Zoo is about 10 minutes from downtown as well.<br>
Hope this isn't too much.
 

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oceanbaby,<br><br>
are you driving?<br><br>
If so, I think I would make a case for you to stay in my neighborhood. I'm in Hancock Park. Hancock Park is 7 miles west of downtown and adjacent to Hollywood and Beverly Hills.<br><br>
You could take your ds to Tar Pit museum, The Grove, lunch at Farmer's market. You could go up to the El Capitan Theater and see a movie...hmmm I wonder if Nemo is there?<br><br>
I agree you can take ds to Travel town in Griffith park where he can see the old trains and ride the miniature train. We took my 2 year old there for the umpteenth time this weekend.<br>
Also, my ds and I go to West Hollywood Park all the time. It is on San Vicente just south of Santa Monica Blvd. It is perfect because it has a section just for toddler and it is covered so the sun doesn't kill.<br><br>
Since I have a two year old I know you biggest issue, if he is like my son, is giving him places to 'vent' and get his energy out.<br>
All of those are good places for venting.<br><br><br>
You are going to have to drive to whittier no matter what. It is probably 30 minutes or 40 minutes east of here, via freeway.<br><br><br>
If you don't feel like driving to your friend in Irvine you can take the train and your friend could pick you up at the train station in Irvine. Metrolink drops off at Jamboree and Edinger.<br><br>
I think I would leave dh/ds with the car while you took the train to irvine.<br>
My husband took the train last month. Your dh could drop you off at the subway in either hollywood or western/wilshire and you take the subway to union station and then you take amtrak to your friend's. Leave dh/ds to tour the city. Unlike many people here in the city, we ride the subway all the time! We are big fans of it.<br><br>
Unfortunately we will be out of town visiting my brother in cambria or I would offer to hook up with you.<br><br>
You might want to check out the prices of Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, or Hotel Sofitel. If you have triple A there might be a discount.
 

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Santa Monica is great and so is Redondo, Manhattan, Huntington area. I don't know where Whittier is.
 

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Thanks for your help everyone. Trabot - yes, I thought of you when I remembered you lived in LA. Too bad you won't be around.<br><br>
We decided to stay in Whittier so that dh could be at the hotel with ds during the actual funeral. We will visit my friend in Irvine on Saturday, but then on Sunday I plan on checking out some of the places you all mentioned. I really like the idea of the Travel Town - ds loves riding on little trains like at the zoo, so this sounds like a perfect outing.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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oceanbaby:<br><br>
here is the link to griffith park and more on travel town<br><br><a href="http://www.ci.la.ca.us/RAP/grifmet/gpattrac.htm" target="_blank">http://www.ci.la.ca.us/RAP/grifmet/gpattrac.htm</a><br><br>
I want to give you a heads up... griffith park is very big. I think the biggest city park in the country. Anyway, there is a little minature train with ponies and some other stuff on the south east side of the park... that is NOT travel town. I lived in Los Angeles for 20 years and always thought THAT was travel town.<br><br>
NOpe. Travel town is in the north east section of the park. And right next door to travel town is steamers and they are only open on sunday so he'll have lots of minature train choices to ride.<br><br>
also, you might want to check out the merry go round and you might want to check out Shayne's inspiration. It is a fun little area of the park, although on sunday's it can be quite packed.<br><br>
oh, one other thing..did I mention this sunday at travel town the gift shop sets up the 400 piece Thomas the Train set. It is free and kids love it. They only do it once a month and this is the sunday for it. I think it is between 1p-3pm.<br><br>
anyway, here is my suggestion, swing by any market, ralphs, vons, pavillions, whole foods (yummy) and get lunch items. Then take it to the park for a picnic and train adventures.<br><br>
Your son will got nuts. In a good way.<br><br>
have fun.<br><br>
tracy
 

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Trabot - The trip was great. We tried to make it to Travel Town on Sunday, but it was so hot that we decided to stay indoors until later in the evening.<br><br>
We visited a friend in Irvine on Saturday, and he took us a bit further south to a dinosaur park of some sort which was fun for the kids. Hot, but fun. We stayed in Willits, and went to some parks there, and drove around while my dad showed us his old house and schools.<br><br>
All in all we had a great time, but it was exhausting and emotionally draining. Watching my big strong tough guy dad get choked up while speaking at my grandmother's funeral was really hard on me and my sister.<br><br>
Thanks for your ideas for the trip. I still want to check out Griffith Park on a future trip.
 
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