5 Family Fun Activities to Do Before Summer Ends
Summer is winding down and before you know it, school will be back in session. Now is as good a time as any to spend some quality time with the kids before they head back to their normal routines. Whether you’re working with a limited budget or you have a few extra bucks to spend, there are enough family summer activities in Los Angeles you can try that will put a smile on their faces. Check out this list of awesome adventures and family pastimes you can try before the summer’s completely over.
1. Picnic in the Park
Instead of having a family picnic in your backyard, why not head over to Echo Park Lake. It’s newly renovated and looking better than ever. Pack your favorite foods, plenty of sunscreen and bug guard, and head to East LA. After the picnic, you can walk around the lake, feed the birds, ride bikes, go paddle-boating, or even teach the kids how to fish.
While you’re there, check out the local arts scene in the Echo Park neighborhood. This is a thriving artistic community with small businesses devoted to fashion, art galleries, and even culinary experimentation. The street art alone, including some of the best graffiti art in the country, is a reason just to walk around with a camera (just don’t publish any for commercial use!). The popular artist Shepard Fairey keeps his Studio One art shop in the neighborhood right down the block from Dodger Stadium. There’s also an exquistively designed arthouse movie theater up the street on Sunset Boulevard (still in Echo Park/Silverlake), called the Vista Theater. One step inside this movie hall and you will think you’ve entered an Egyptian kingdom from an alternate universe.
2. Take a Boat Ride
Do your children love the water? If so, they’ll get a kick out of taking a ride on a boat. Whether you go out on the Pacific or the day or just go paddle-boating at Echo Park, the kids will love being out on the water. If you enjoy boating a lot, you might even consider purchasing your own family boat. With competitive boat financing rates, you could finance your boat and pay it off throughout the year. Then you can make it a tradition to go boating or fishing with your family on a regular basis.
3. Road Trip
Whether you take a trip through your state or you travel cross-country, a road trip can be a great way to have fun with your family and learn about areas you weren’t so familiar with. You’ll want to make sure that you pack plenty of entertainment and have an awesome playlist, but you’ll certainly have fun traveling miles away from home. You can even make stops along the way near areas where there’s a lot of entertainment or tourist attractions. This way, it’s like you’ve had a few mini-trips along the way to your final destination. Our favorite road trip is driving north to Yosemite or a drive up the Pacific Highway.
4. Amusement Parks
Amusement or water parks are tons of fun for families. The most obvious amusement park to hit in Los Angeles is Disney Land. Next to it is California Adventure. You can also head down the 5 and go to Lego Land. You can spend your time getting on the most daring rides, playing games to win cool prizes, or chowing down on some of the most notorious amusement park foods like hot dogs, funnel cake, and cotton candy. You can spend the entire day exploring the park from one end to another having fun every step of the way.
5. A Trip to the Beach
What’s summer without at least one family beach trip? From setting up camp underneath the umbrella to making sand castles and eating on your beach towel, there’s so much fun to be had. If you live in Los Angeles, you know that the city and surrounding coastal areas supply some of the most pristine, beautiful beaches in the country, from Ocean Beach and Sunset Point to Malibu and north along the coast, there are endless beaches to choose from. Or you could take a day trip down to San Diego!
Don’t be stuck in traffic all summer. Southern California has ample opportunities for fun. Fishing, boating, road trips, and sandcastles, all the definition of family fun in the sun. Don’t let summer pass you by without having tried one of these fun adventures with your children. No matter what age they are, they’ll enjoy having fun and creating memories with those they love most. It also makes for a great journal entry when they head back to school and have to share about their summer with the class.