Things To Do In Los Angeles When You're Twelve
June 21, 2014 3:06 PM Subscribe
Family -- including my preteen cousin -- is coming to visit me in Los Angeles and I'm not sure where to bring them. Special personality snowflakes inside.
posted by Sara C. to Travel & Transportation around Los Angeles, CA (33 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I obviously know about lots of fun things in Los Angeles, but between our diverse interests and the fact that I don't spend really any time with the middle school set these days, I'm at a loss to figure out itinerary options.
My dad: foodie and wine geek. Also a huge history buff. Loves bookstores, historical sites, live music, culture.
My stepmother: also into great food and wine and up for cultural stuff. Loves quirky vintage style, anything with a boho aesthetic, and is a major animal lover. Not outdoorsy, which precludes hikes.
If it were just the two of them coming, I'd be thinking The Getty and maybe some other arts/cultural museums, hit up a bunch of food trucks and taquerias, some live music and/or comedy, bars with great atmosphere that mix killer cocktails, possibly drive up to Solvang and do some wine tasting (both are huge fans of the film Sideways).
However, throwing my drastically underage cousin into the mix means that a lot of that stuff is totally off limits, and the rest of it would probably seem really boring.
My cousin: I'm pretty sure she's between seventh and eighth grades. Luckily she's also really into food and has wanted to become a pastry chef since she was tiny, so she'll be able to hang for some culinary adventures. I have no idea what her interests are beyond whatever junior high girls are typically into these days.
Already on the agenda per their request is a beach outing and dinner at A Frame. I'm thinking we can't let a future pastry chef visit L.A. without trips to Donut Friend and Coolhaus. I'm also thinking Olvera Street would be a hit, and we will be visiting The Last Bookstore. They are probably staying in Hollywood or WeHo.
I'm interested in really any recommendations for tween/young teen aged visitors to L.A., but here are some additional questions:
- Japanese food recommendations? Weird is totally fine.
- Other "Only In L.A." cuisines I'm not thinking of? I've got Mexican covered.
- Where do thirteen year old girls like to shop these days?
- Great bakeries known for serious pastry as opposed to food trends?
- Where do you go if you want good wine and cocktails but have a kid in tow?
- Good informal places to catch live music? I recently did Jon Brion at The Largo, which could be cool if the dates work.
- What are the great historical sites or history oriented museums in town? Is there an old mission nearby that's worth a special trip?
- Aside from Runyon (not going to happen), is there any great dog & people watching spot? We are all dog lovers, especially my stepmother.