10 PLACES TO TAKE KIDS
We’ve covered extensively about how the San Fernando Valley is fantastic for families. Here’s just one more reason - ten of our favorite places to take kids! If you’re wondering where to go on a weekend, birthday, or any day - GRV has you covered.
1) Universal Studios
This is the biggest amusement park in the Valley. Although it may be expensive, any kid would love to have their birthday here. It’s a little bit older than the Disneyland crowd, and a great starting point for pre-teens onward.
Definitely stop by next door City Walk for a more metropolitan experience. They have drinks, shows, shopping, and a variety of restaurants. Consider it an outdoor mall.
Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Family Price: $200-500 for one day
Verdict: The best of the best for all-around entertainment.
2) Wildlife Learning Center
Wildlife Learning Center (WLC) is a zoological park nestled in an old olive grove in San Fernando Valley, California, where visitors can learn and appreciate animals from around the world. WLC was founded to provide public education in the life sciences, conservation, and our environment. WLC is dedicated to providing lifelong care to more than 100 displaced, rescued, and zoo-born wild animals from about 50 different species who call this shady, natural environment home.
This will not only be fun for the whole family, but educational. Living in the deep city of the Valley, kids don’t get extended experiences with nature. This is a concentrated area with a variety of natural experiences, and wild animals that they wouldn’t see anywhere else. Many local schools take their students on trips here as a way to educate them about animals and the environment.
Address: 16027 Yarnell St, Sylmar, CA 91342
The Verdict: Fun and educational exposure to local wildlife.
3) Kidz Korner
This is an indoor playground that is designed to engage kids in physical activities that are fun as well as conducive to their development.
They have different options for how to participate. You can show up as an individual or with a group - even private parties are allowed! They can get crowded, so it’s best to call ahead, regardless of how many people you are going with.
The Playroom in Sherman Oaks is a similar indoor playground and with many unique activities of their own.
Kidz Korner is a family owned and operated indoor playground and space rental venue located in Encino, CA. Kidz Korner is geared for children and toddlers who desire an imaginative, challenging and fun environment to exercise, play and explore both physically and mentally.
This is a place where you bring your own group and book in advance. They are open to all kinds of children's celebrations from birthdays to adoptions.
Address: 17200 Ventura Blvd #120, Encino, CA 91316
The Verdict: Great place to grow your mind and muscles. Good for groups or individuals. Toddlers accepted.
4) Sherman Oaks Castle Park
If you’ve driven on the 101 Freeway, you’ve probably seen parts of the miniature golf course. Need to burn through 2-3 hours? Play a few rounds of golf! They also have batting cages, pizza, and an arcade. They are great for small families or whole birthday parties.
They are great for all ages, perfect for the whole family. You can arrange to have a large party ahead of time and they will curate a special experience for you.
You can also come just with a friend or on a date. They have entertainment as well as plenty of food, so you don’t need to make another stop on your way.
Address: 17200 Ventura Blvd #120, Encino, CA 91316
The Verdict: Great place to grow your mind and muscles. Good for groups or individuals. Will take toddlers.
5) Costanso Fire Station 84
This park is known as being one of the best for kids. It has a massive play-structure with a jungle gym. It also has has an extensive sand and grass area for the kids to play on.
Its name comes from the signature look of the jungle gym, decorated as as firetruck. It’s also conveniently right by a fire station! If you’ve taken your kids to a jungle gym one too many times, you can mix it up over here - and it’s free!
The facility is used by groups who do lots of different physical activities. One of the most popular is the martial arts classes for kids. They teach self-defense as well as self discipline.
Address: 21396 Costanso St, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
The Verdict: Beautiful historic playground. Good for babies on up.
6) The Tree House
This is an indoor playground with plenty of community activities. They have regular classes for individuals, open playtime to use the facility, and planned celebrations.
The facility consists of a ball pit, climbing gyms, a slide, a treehouse and much more. It is a great place to get some exercise and wear out the kids for a day. You will come away with them happy and you can stay and watch or go run errands.
Address: 18600 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
Price: $10 per visit
The Verdict: Creative setup for acrobatics and games. Fun for an afternoon, a party, or regular attendance.
7) Gates Park
This is a reliable park for the entire family, even the dog. This is one of the few dog-friendly parks in the Valley. There is a large paved picnic area as well as an area for kids.
They have a large grass and sand area for the kids. There are two large jungle gyms with all kinds of cl