Head to the entertainment capital of the world: Los Angeles
If you're looking for beautiful, sunny weather and family fun, head to Los Angeles. Catch a baseball game (and maybe even a ball) at Dodger Stadium and then get your science on at the California Science Center. You might even get to see some magic while you're at these exhilarating attractions:
The Magic Castle
The Academy of Magical Arts calls this Victorian mansion home. The Magic Castle was built in 1909 as a private home for Rollin B. Lane, a real estate magnate and banker. When his dream of having an orange grove was no more, the house was eventually turned into a multi-family home, then a nursing home, and finally was restored to the condition it is in today by Milt Larsen, a Hollywood writer.
Admission to a show at this exclusive club requires knowing another member who is in good standing. Ask around to magician friends to see if they would want to accompany you to a show at this terrific venue. Drive your Los Angeles rental car here to dine on elegant New York steak and pasta and be ushered into a show by the castle knights.
Shows range from parlor tricks to close-ups and special performances by world-renowned magicians. If you can't find a friend to help get you in, you can still drive by to see the impressive mansion from the outside. It is a beautiful architectural marvel that has been restored to perfection.
Drive your Los Angeles rental car to Dodger Stadium, the third-oldest continually-used Major League Baseball Park in the country. The Los Angeles Dodgers call this field home. Some consider it a "cathedral of baseball" because of all the great moments that have happened here.
The Dodgers played their first game at the field on April 10, 1962, in front of 52,564 screaming fans. There are 16,000 parking spots available in the surrounding area on the hillsides of Chavez Ravine. When you take a seat in the stands at this field, you're taking part in history. This stadium has hosted eight World Series and four World Championships, which were won by the Dodgers.
If you want to learn more about the famous historical moments that have unfolded in this facility, take a stadium tour. Each tour lasts from 80 to 90 minutes and includes a walk on the field, a stop in the Dodgers’ dugout and at the Lexus Dugout Club VIP restaurant, a stroll through the Vin Scully Press Box and other surprises. You'll love learning the ins and outs of this stadium and its rich past. Don't forget to wear your blue and white!
California Science Center
Your family will love this exciting center for science. Learn about all sorts of interesting subjects, from space and biology to how people use technology to make art and much more. Tour 11 immersive environments like a massive 188,000-gallon kelp tank and a desert flood exhibit to learn about the many diverse ecosystems of the world.
Aspiring astronauts love visiting the Space Shuttle Endeavor in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Learn about the shuttle's main engine and the time that it spent in space along with other exciting stories and pieces of NASA's space program. Stop by the IMAX theater to watch a documentary like "Forces of Nature" or "Galapagos 3D."
You'll feel like you're underwater where Darwin once studied or inside of a tornado! General admission to this California museum is free. Your family will have a memorable time experiencing some of the world's wonders while wandering this exciting facility.