Family Days in Pasadena

With so many kid-friendly activities, Pasadena is a popular destination for families visiting Los Angeles. From a short hike to the hidden waterfall in Eaton Canyon to the award-winning children’s museum nestled next to the Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena is worth the Uber ride from downtown Los Angeles. Check out these two action-packed itineraries for a family day in the Pasadena area:

Day One

Start your day early with a family hike to Eaton Canyon‘s delightful waterfall in the Angeles National Forest. For a shorter, shadier trail over the rocks and streams, skip the Nature Center and start and/or finish at Pinecrest gate. Be sure to wear sun protection and hiking shoes, and bring water, snacks, and water shoes—you’ll want to splash in the waterfall after your victorious hike. (Pinecrest Gate: 2262 Pinecrest Drive, Altadena, CA 91101)

Next, reward yourselves with organic, gourmet food and the best tea and coffee in town at Urth Caffe. The kids will enjoy the smoothies and giant cookies, while checking out the mosaics and fountain in the casual, semi-enclosed outdoor seating area. (594 E Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101)

Finally, walk just a few blocks to the Pasadena Museum of California Art to experience art and design unique to California. Children might enjoy sketching some of the artwork or staging pictures for a photo book. The exhibits change regularly, but the interactive family room, complete with art supplies, is a staple. (490 E Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91101)

To extend your tour, explore the nearby gardens and fountains between City Hall and the Westin hotel. For a crowd-pleasing end to the day, dine in California Pizza Kitchen’s outdoor seating by the main fountain. (99 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101)

Day Two

Ride with Uber to the acclaimed Los Angeles Arboretum. From the squawking peacocks to the fishing blue heron, these internationally inspired gardens teem with interesting inhabitants. Hand your kiddos a map and let them plot a course through the sprinklers of the Madagascar Spiny Forest, the Serpent Trail, the Bamboo Forest, and the restored 19th Century Queen Anne Cottage and Baldwin Coach Barn. (301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007)

Next, take a trip to the award-winning Kidspace Children’s Museum. Grab lunch in the not-just-for-kids café, then let your little ones run wild on the 40-foot climbing tower, the massive Tug of War machine, or in the craft workshop. Exhibits inspiring imaginative play, scientific questioning, and physical activity will keep your family engaged for hours. (480 North Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103)

As sunset approaches, head to Aka Bistro in charming Old Town Pasadena. With patio seating in European-style courtyard, Aka Bistro offers American cuisine with a variety of craft beers, wines, and unique cocktails in a casual setting. Linger over dessert as your kids recount today’s favorite activities. Hopefully, they’ll also enjoy a snooze on the Uber ride home. (One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91105)

So, start planning your family trip—you can’t go wrong with Los Angeles. Set up your Family Profile in the Uber app to keep your family moving.

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