Monday, May 7, 2012

Free STUFF to help with the little things! (LA Area)

Free is always good!!  I love free. I have found some free things (and inexpensive ones too!) to do in the Los Angeles area.  I thought I would share them with you.  Making memories is among the little things that I feel are so important... and this free stuff is sure to help with memory making! 

Los Angeles has some of the best places to visit and so many of the tourist areas are FREE! Yup Free!!  Our world renown beaches for one. They are great! Parking fees are nominal (or free if you are disabled or have a disabled child WITH AN BLUE DISABLED PARKING TAG). Take a picnic lunch and spend the day building sand castles with your kiddos and basking in the sun. Psst... don't forget the sunscreen! This can be an all day event ending with smores over a camp fire. FUN!!
Speaking of Beaches, Venice Beach Walk is definitely a must do if you are in the area. It surely brings out the individuality of people. This is a people watchers paradise! Also local artist and crafters display some of there goods. You can often times get souvenirs inexpensively.
I bet it has been years since you have stopped by and looked at all the stars foot prints and hand prints outside of Grauman's Chinese Theatre! See how your little ones (or not so little ones) hands measure up to some of there idols!
Close to Graumans Chinese Theatre is the Hollywood Walk of Fame! A great place to stroll down Hollywood Blvd and see all the stars and even people watch. Hollywood has its own type strolling down the street its just a hoot to watch and enjoy!
While your still in the area be sure to get a great glimpse of the HOLLYWOOD sign. There is a viewing area at the Hollywood & Highland shopping Center and Entertainment complex next to Graumans Chinese Theatre.
One of my favorite memories was seeing a sitcom being taped... it was Silver Spoons. OH MY that just aged me. But still a GREAT memory.  TV taping is always free. Make sure to call ahead and plan this as its often difficult if not impossible to get in last minute and be sure to check the ages allowed.
The Getty Center is another great place to visit, I personally have never been but hear great things about the building and of course the view, as its on a mountain top.  Entrance is free however they do charge for parking.
Olivera Street is such a fun place to visit. It has great architecture, lots of vendors selling items and the food is fantastic. 
The California Science Center is a perfect place for adults and kids. Entrance is free however you do need to pay for parking, the IMAX theater and any special events that may be going on.
You can also take the Metro Link to most of the places, weekend passes are relatively inexpensive and if you have a special person with disabilities they get a companion ticket free!

Please be sure to check back, I will be posting for the Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego too!
I'm off to help with homework and begin dinner. Actually just to oversee it, Bubba is cooking tonight! Enjoy the rest of your day and go kiss those kids!


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