Family-friendly activities whether you are on vacation or just a local can be a challenge. This guide is to help you find fun things for you to do with kids of all ages.
Activities & Parks
Kidspace Children’s Museum is one of the primary places that is recommended. They have virtual Kidspace online with a K-Blog and Projects and Videos. There are activities on the website that you can do at home as well as many events. https://www.kidspacemuseum.org/
Brookside Park is a well-kept secret, even from the natives of the area. It has a playground and fields. It is suitable for children of many ages and a place where a family can go to relax and enjoy the day. Close to the Rose Bowl, this park has 61 acres and is a nice place to even plan a barbecue in the picnic areas. https://www.cityofpasadena.net/parks-and-rec/parks/brookside-park/
Eaton Canyon is a place you can take the whole family. Not only is this park wonderful for hiking, but excellent for photography or checking out the local wildlife. Bring binoculars to see everything from newts to bats, bobcats to snakes. The paths are crowded, so take care and check the website. https://www.ecnca.org/
Arlington Garden in Pasadena has many different areas in a 3 acre dedicated public garden. There is a citrus grove, mediterranean and desert type plantings. It is generally designed to be as close to native as possible to have the best chance of successful fruitage. An educational experience. https://www.arlingtongardenpasadena.com/
The Children’s Garden is an enchanting place to take your young ones at the Huntington. There are topiary animals, touchable plants, tunnels with refracted sunlight, and educational opportunities. Everything at this garden is designed to either teach or capture your child’s imagination. Well worth the trip. https://www.huntington.org/childrens-garden
You are hungry, your little ones are hungry. Time to stop… but where? Gotcha covered.
Okay, you need real food. Like La Grande Orange Cafe – the AT & SF Train Depot! The Luggage Room is the pizzeria. This restaurant is really part of Pasadena and embraces its culture. Enjoy the ambience and the care that goes into your food. https://lgostationcafe.com/
Fair Oaks Pharmacy – I know, you are wondering why there is a pharmacy on the list. You may remember your grandparents talking about getting a soda at the fountain… well, this is the place. And the sundaes are sooo good. This is where to take your kids to make them drool. Everything your inner kid wants is here. https://www.fairoakspharmacy.net/
Your child is asking for cookies. But you want something a little more sophisticated. Federico’s Italian Bakery may be just what you are craving. From pastries to cakes to cookies for the kiddies, this will totally be the place to return to when you need biscotti. http://federicos-bakery.com/
Check the website and the weather!
Enjoy your outings in Pasadena and have fun in the most charming and historical places in Southern California.