Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the world!
Unlike Pinky and Brain, I am not interested in doing the same things every night. (or day for that matter) Raise your hand if you like to go out and about?! If you like spend more time inside your own private residence, or do not live in the Los Angeles area, I don’t know what to tell you–because the rest of this posting is going to be utterly useless to you. But if you do reside in the greater LA county and are interested in fun/creative outings that won’t break the bank, allow me to suggest a few things to do:
Hiking and walking–fantastic ways to hang out, enjoy nature, and aside from the cost of gas to get you to the starting point (or the price of bus fare) always a completely free activity!
- Rivas Canyon Trail (Can get there via Sunset, and it goes to Will Rogers Park…)
Saw via: http://www.365-la.com/2011/08/205-rivas-canyon-trail.html
- Paradise Falls Wildwood Park
- Sturtevant Falls (perfect hike for waterfall lovers!!!)
Located in the Angeles Nation Forest in Arcadia
Saw via: http://www.365-la.com/2011/04/170-sturtevant-falls-hike.html
- The Old LA Zoo (more of an exploring type of deal)
Saw via http://www.365-la.com/2011/03/158-old-la-zoo.html
- Venice Canals (suppose to be a walking delight straight out of an Italian post card here in California)
Saw via : http://www.yelp.com/biz/venice-canals-venice-2
Still keeping in real on the outside…haha
- The El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach is full of all sorts of awesome little critters. Located at 7550 E. Spring St. Long Beach CA 90815
The Center is open every day except Monday, and the trails are open Tues. -Sun 8:30am-5pm. And the museum’s hours are Tues- Sun 8:30am-4pm.http://www.longbeach.gov/naturecenter/
(First saw via: http://www.365-la.com/2011/06/182-el-dorado-nature-center.html)
- Lake Balboa
Open sunrise to sunset at 6300 Balboa Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406
http://www.laparks.org/dos/aquatic/balboa/index.htm Besides taking in all the sights that a great park has to offer, the on site bike rental isn’t too shabby either. Pretty sweet assortment of bike styles that vary from $10-$20 per hour, per style. (definitely check out this “style” variety consists of) http://www.wheelfunrentals.com/listlocations/129
- The Santa Monica Beach House (offers year round enjoyment including a varied schedule of cultural programs, classes, free tours of the Marion Davies Guest House, and sand courts for beach tennis, volleyball and soccer)
Located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, California http://beachhouse.smgov.net/
- Lummis Home (Free Historical site open Fri-Sun)
Located at 200 E. Ave 43, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Not exactly sure why you’d want to check this place out? Well me, myself, and I enjoy a good house tour. I could be alone on this one…you tell me?
(First saw via: http://www.365-la.com/2011/08/lummis-home.html)
- Camera Obscura (aka the best people watching spot ever!) You’re going to want to learn more about this treasure of a spot that’s free to hang out at after you leave your ID in exchange for a key. Open Mon-Fri 9am-2pm and Saturday 11am-4pm
It’s located at the Senior Recreation Center: 1450 Ocean Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90407 http://www.yelp.com/biz/camera-obscura-santa-monica
A couple of free activities you’d probably never have suspected. (you’re welcome)
- Hot Air Balloon Rides in Orange County! (free!!!!!!!!!!!)Thursday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Saturday–Sunday: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Monday–Wednesday.
It’s a first come first serve type of thing, but these windows of opportunity work for me–how about you?!
- Archery lessons (for free? yep! why not I say then?!) Pasadena I loved you already, but this just made you that much more in an interesting place to me, thanks to the Pasadena Roving Archers Beginner’s class and public instruction, every Saturday morning from 8:30 AM to 12:00 Arrive at the range by 7:45 a.m. in order to be fitted with equipment. The first time archer class from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. The introductory class is FREE. ( then donation of $5.00 for subsequent classes.)
Located at: 415 South Arroyo Blvd (located in the Lower Arroyo Seco Park, west of Arroyo Boulevard, about one-half mile south of the Historic Colorado Street Bridge, and across from the Pasadena Casting Club and casting pond.) http://www.rovingarchers.com
- Keep with the free theme, aside from the awesome that is known as the downtown LA art walk, these museum gems are free all the time and aren’t just for the art lover:
I’m not gonna lie, I’m a sucker for a great museum afternoon, so besides adoring the all the time free museums out there, I’m a huge fan of these not for free museums that and their FREE ENTRY DAYS. (trust me, I can rework my schedule to happily accommodate any activity that involves keeping my wallet closed!)
Here’s a list of free days organized by day of the week. (Call ahead to confirm before your visit, just to be extra sure!)
Autry National Center: Free on the second Tuesday of every month.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): Free on the second Tuesday of every month. After 5 p.m. every day, museum admission is on a pay-what-you-wish basis.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: Free on the first Tuesday of every month.
Craft and Folk Art Museum: Free on the first Wednesday of every month.
Hammer Museum: Free every Thursday.
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens: Free on the first Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Note that advanced tickets are required. Reserve tickets online or call 800.838.3006.
Japanese American National Museum: Free every Thursday from 5–8 p.m. On the third Thursday of every month, the museum is free all day.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles – MOCA Grand Avenue: Free every Thursday from 5–8 p.m.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles – The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA: Free every Thursday from 5–8 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center: Free every Thursday from noon–9 p.m. Note that Noah’s Ark closes at 5 p.m.
Mak Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House: Free every Friday afternoon from 4–6 p.m.
Museum of Latin American Art: Free every Friday.
Norton Simon Museum of Art: Free on the first Friday of every month from 6–9 p.m.
Unfamiliar with some of these places, well this lovely link herehttp://discoverlosangeles.com/play/arts-music-and-entertainment/museums/museum-free-days-sorted-by-day.html provides one click access to each museum’s web page.
- Even the Metro has a free art tour (metro as in the subways…we may not be known for our train system here in Cali, but the few we have we make super pretty, and there’s loads of history behind all of it.
First Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of the month; 2 hours, walking/ riding exploration of 4 or 5 stations. 10am Hollywood/Highland stop. http://www.365-la.com/2011/08/202-metro-art-tours.html
Who would have thunk it? Glow in the dark mini golf, kayaking for the cheap one, and going to the Santa Monica airport when you have no flight to catch…well seeing is believing:
- Glow in dark mini gold at Putting Edge; $10 per game (right on the first floor of the of the Howard Hughes Center surrounded by a bevy of eateries and a multiplex cinema. Clearly entire afternoons and then evenings should totally be happening here. Clearly.
Located at 6081 Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90045 ; open Monday-Thursday: 2:00pm – 8:30pm; Friday: 1:00pm – 11:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am – 11:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
- Kayak Rentals in the LBC for $9 and hr.(bonus: jellyfish holding opportunities galore!!)
5411 E. Ocean Park Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803
Open October through March Saturdays & Sundays 9:00am (Rentals must be returned 60 minutes before) I would tell you the hours of operation during the summer, but it’s mid Sept as I’m writing this…haha http://kayakrentals.net/ http://www.yelp.com/biz/kayaks-on-the-water-long-beach
- Santa Monica Airport (Apparently has lots of do! I know, I was surprised too. Between the restaurants, theater, art studio, and antique mart–you can either come here and watch the planes fly off, or do plenty of other things with having to go through any annoying security procedures. )
Located at: 3223 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405
I’m all for a comedy show–laughing in fun. (HA!) Maybe you knew about the free Sunday night (7:30pm); BYOB show at the UCB in Hollywood (if you didn’t http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/), maybe you didn’t. (well now you do, so anyway…) This comedy show isn’t free, it’s $10 (every 3rd Thursday of the month), but it sounds extra awesome regardless. So I support it.
- The Super Serious Show is a monthly live comedy show at Smashbox Studios Culver City, the premier photo and film studio in Los Angeles. Comedy with Music, Food Truck, Sweets and FREE BEER & WINE. http://www.superseriousshow.com/