Quality Inn Burbank Airport
2255 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91504-3309
Phone: (818) 848-1680
Fax: (818) 848-4024
Forget the conventional magic show for your kid's next birthday party—give them real fun with sword-fighting lessons. For one-and-a-half hours, kids seven and older take a class through a series of game-like activities from an instructor dressed as either a pirate, a knight, or in a Zorro costume. Through conventional fencing moves, kids get to participate in a game called, Save The Castle, with a grand finale duel between the birthday host and the instructor. These folks trained Antonio Banderas for the movie The Mask of Zorro.
If you have a future McGuire or Sosa at home, this is just the encouragement they need. Eight batting cages give all ages and skill levels a chance to face down a ball with speeds of pitch ranging from 40 to 70 miles per hour. It also has a party room that offers video games, air hockey and skee ball. This is a great place for a family with lots of interests and kids. It's also a perfect place to host a birthday party for your baseball-crazed son or daughter.
Although not among the most attractive courses in the area, many locals consider this course a more than worthy challenge. Overall, it is a short course, with difficulties arising from the consistently hilly terrain starting right off with the first hole. A number of improvements have been made in recent years both in the upkeep and facilities. The adjacent Par 3 course is only 900 yards long and costs just a few dollars to play. Call to check fees and book tee times.
Located centrally between the mountains of Malibu and Topanga, the panoramic La Tuna Canyon Park is an ultimate paradise for hikers and bikers. Spread across 1255 acres of land, this park is unoccupied and filled with tranquillity. Located remotely inside the Tuna Canyon trail, La Tuna Canyon Park offers a remarkable view of the ocean and mountains of San Gabriel. The park is the most preferred place of local LA residents who enjoy going for long walks with their pets. There are picnic facilities available for those who wish to spend a relaxing day on their weekend. Entry is free for all the ages.
Los Angeles is known for glitz, glamor and luxury amenities. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is no exception to the rule. It offers world class facilities to the horses, riders, and the audience as well. It even features conference and banquet facilities. The Polo Room is specially designed with a pane glass wall, for those who can't bear to be separated from horses too long. For a very reasonable price you can schedule private or group horse riding lessons or go on a trail.
This place is heaven for train-loving tots. An interactive museum in the old-fashioned sense of the word, youngsters can climb in, around or on all the attractions, and many of them will want to do so for hours upon end. Kids can even take a mini train ride for a small fee. The antiques, which include artifacts from trains to classic cars to horse-drawn carriages, showcase the country's railway history—which is especially relevant to California. This museum is a treasure for transportation lovers of all ages.
Lakeside Golf Club is a private club and famous Hollywood stars from Bob Hope to John Wayne have played this beautiful course. Opened in 1924, this course is very challenging, with tight fairways and small greens. Unfortunately it is a private golf course and the public can not play, but if you get a chance don't pass it up. A game can be very expensive, but the beautiful scenery and history makes it worth it.
At just a little over 1,000 yards, this par 3 is a good course for beginners and for sharpening up your short game. The two major obstacles in this course are the hilly terrain and large number of scattered oak trees. Located in the San Fernando Valley, the course is a modest drive from the Los Angeles and Pasadena areas, and also offers a driving range.
These four public courses are located inside of the city's largest park, and each course comes complete with its own distinctive challenges. The Harding course is more scenic and has considerably more natural hazards including trees and water. The Wilson course requires longer drives but not as much accuracy in the approach to the greens. All courses are very reasonably priced. Amenities include a clubhouse, locker rooms, electric carts, club rentals, a snack bar and a driving range.
If you're an out-of-towner and miss riding the plains, you can cure your equestrian nostalgia by renting a horse and riding through the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park. There are plenty of options here, including one and two hour rides during the day for anyone over the age of seven. A very popular option is the Friday night moonlight ride. Just arrive for a three-hour round-trip ride, which culminates with dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant.
Located in Griffith Park, Bronson Caves. also called Bronson Canyon, was created because of an old quarry dug in 1903 by the Union Rock Company in order to mine materials to use in building the surrounding streets. After the quarry closed in the 1920s, it became a spot for movie shoots because of its rocky and unique landscape. Scenes from Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Army of Darkness were shot here, as well as the original Batman TV show. The park has hiking trails, picnic tables and, of course, caves.
Spread over 4,210 acres (1704 hectares) of lush land, Griffith Park has something for everyone. Enjoy the nature, greenery and activities like hiking, walking, camping, swimming and tennis. The much-loved and renowned Hollywood Sign also lies within its premises. Attractions like the Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory and the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens also are located within this humongous park. Picnic provisions are also available. Fun, educational and beautiful, Griffith Park is a must-visit.