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I'm in LA with the little one while DH is here on business. Any ideas for fun, not too expensive excursions? We're in Beverly Hills now, but "moving" to a hotel in Hollywood tomorrow. We have a car, so that's not an issue. We've only been here two days and DD and I are already stir crazy.
 

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how old are your kids?
 

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Universal City Walk - you can park at the Universal City metro parking lot and take a tram up for free. It's a cute touristy area with a water feature that kids can play with too... The beach, of course - we like to go to Malibu for that. You could go to Placita Olvera which is by Union Station (you can take the Metro red line to it) is cute to walk through - and day of the dead is coming up which adds a little fun as well.
 

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The LA zoo is always a nice adventure for kids...
 

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The <a href="http://www.tarpits.org/" target="_blank">La Brea Tar Pits</a> are right next to the <a href="http://www.lacma.org/" target="_blank">Los Angeles County Museum of Art</a>. The art museum has a new addition I haven't seen, but they used to have a great Rodin sculpture garden that was free to stroll. <a href="http://www.nhm.org/expo/expopark.htm" target="_blank">Exposition park</a> has the <a href="http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/" target="_blank">Museum of Science and Industry</a> and the <a href="http://www.nhm.org/" target="_blank">Natural History Museum</a>. <a href="http://www.olvera-street.com/html/olvera_street.html" target="_blank">Olvera street</a> is a great idea, especially with the dia de los muertos coming up. Across the street is Union Station, just a train station, but with beautiful old spanish style architecture if you are into that sort of thing. That's not too far from the <a href="http://www.moca.org/museum/moca_grandave.php" target="_blank">MOCA</a>, Museum of contemporary art, which is free Thursdays after 5 pm. In the Pasadena area is <a href="http://www.huntington.org/" target="_blank">The Huntington</a> with breathtaking gardens, and the <a href="http://www.nortonsimon.org/" target="_blank">Norton Simon</a>, as well as <a href="http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/site/PageServer?pagename=index" target="_blank">The Kidspace</a>. And for the best views in all of Los Angeles check out <a href="http://www.getty.edu/" target="_blank">The Getty</a>.
 

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we just moved back to tx after a year near la. if we went back for 2 weeks we'd probably spend the whole time at the beach. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The <a href="http://www.tarpits.org/" target="_blank">La Brea Tar Pits</a> are right next to the <a href="http://www.lacma.org/" target="_blank">Los Angeles County Museum of Art</a>. The art museum has a new addition I haven't seen, but they used to have a great Rodin sculpture garden that was free to stroll. <a href="http://www.nhm.org/expo/expopark.htm" target="_blank">Exposition park</a> has the <a href="http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/" target="_blank">Museum of Science and Industry</a> and the <a href="http://www.nhm.org/" target="_blank">Natural History Museum</a>. <a href="http://www.olvera-street.com/html/olvera_street.html" target="_blank">Olvera street</a> is a great idea, especially with the dia de los muertos coming up. Across the street is Union Station, just a train station, but with beautiful old spanish style architecture if you are into that sort of thing. That's not too far from the <a href="http://www.moca.org/museum/moca_grandave.php" target="_blank">MOCA</a>, Museum of contemporary art, which is free Thursdays after 5 pm. In the Pasadena area is <a href="http://www.huntington.org/" target="_blank">The Huntington</a> with breathtaking gardens, and the <a href="http://www.nortonsimon.org/" target="_blank">Norton Simon</a>, as well as <a href="http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/site/PageServer?pagename=index" target="_blank">The Kidspace</a>. And for the best views in all of Los Angeles check out <a href="http://www.getty.edu/" target="_blank">The Getty</a>.</div>
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All of these picks are excellent. A few more are: The Griffith Observatory, LA Zoo, Griffith Park, Autry Museum and Travel Town = all of which are in the same location, Griffith Park; Descanso Gardens in La Canada is beautiful and has a kiddie train; Long Beach Aquarium; Audobon Center in Montecito Heights (free!); Will Rogers house, polo grounds and park (lots of trails and paths to take); and oodles of hiking opportunities here: <a href="http://www.localhikes.com/MSA/MSA_4472.asp" target="_blank">http://www.localhikes.com/MSA/MSA_4472.asp</a>; and while you're at Olvera Street, don't forget Little Tokyo and Chinatown just down the street (yummy dim sum at Empress Pavillion)!
 

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Yes, Empress Pavilion is *the* place for dim sum.<br><br>
Another fun thing to do is to get a Metro Day Pass and take the trains around. If you're near the Red Line already, you can take that into downtown to connect with the other trains. The Gold Line is a really pretty ride (through Memorial Park station; after that, it's in the middle of the 210 freeway and not nearly as nice ;-). South Pasadena, Memorial Park, and Del Mar station are all good destinations for lunch, shopping, etc. (Memorial Park is a block from Old Town). There's also Chinatown station for dim sum!<br><br>
You can take the Blue Line all the way down to Long Beach. From there, you can get a shuttle to the Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific (which IIRC is relatively expensive... it's HUGE though), or just wander around downtown, which also has good eats and some cute shops.<br><br>
From the Red Line, you get the Blue Line at 7th/Metro station, and the Gold Line at Union Station (though there, the Gold Line leaves from the surface, so you have to follow the signs for "Union Station" from the Red Line platform, then follow the signs for the Gold Line). You're also right next to the aforementioned Olvera Street at this point.<br><br>
Metro runs tours of the station artwork; they're free, but I don't know when they run or if your DD would find them interesting. ;-)
 
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