When we started hunting for Mr. Bones’ new Pumpkin Patch, we were absolutely enchanted by Culver City. With a rich history and some amazing wild open spaces in the middle of an up-and-coming community it covers all bases. The foodie culture is a hive of restaurants, cafes and watering spots to delight even the most adventurous palate. We were delighted with the diversity and originality of family and kid friendly venues and inspiring lifestyle and retail offerings.
- We LOVE Jag Gym—it’s a healthy, fun and safe environment for kids to learn gymnastics. They have drop-in classes and camps almost every day school is out of session. It’s the perfect place to drop the kiddos off and explore Culver City. Visit Jag Gym online.
- Another fixture in the Arts District is Coolhaus, the now famous purveyors of “architecturally inspired” ice cream and ice cream sandwiches. You may have seen one of their sleek ice cream trucks cruising around the city. Our favorite is the Dirty Mint Chip, and word on the street has it that the have a seasonal Pumpkin Ice Cream up their sleeve. Visit Coolhaus online.
- Get some inspiration at Rolling Greens Home + Garden. Stroll through their extensive nurseries and hot houses and check out their lovely curated selection of home furnishings. You’ll want to call the place home, sweet home. Visit Rolling Greens online.
- Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook – This 500-foot peak is a wild, open space sanctuary right in the middle of the city. The stairs, featured in a Nike ad are infamously brutal and a favorite training ground for serious athletes. But the climb to the top is worth the effort offering majestic 360-degree panoramic views of the City of Angels. Visit Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook online.
- Our new neighbor at West LA College is The Star Eco Station Exotic Wildlife Rescue Center. This is a rare haven for endangered and illegally-trafficked exotic animals confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Book in advance to hold the pythons! Visit The Star Eco Station Exotic Wildlife Rescue Center online.
- Grab a healthy bite at Matthew Kenney’s Make Out Everyday. He’s the raw food chef and a recent NYC transplant. His chic and casual eatery has a full menu from juices and smoothies to bowls, wraps and salads. Visit Matthew Kenney’s Make Out Everyday online.
7. Find the Best Cooking Classes in Town at The New School of Cooking in the Arts District. The school known for its professional-track chef training program also well shorter classes and workshops for the rest of us. Bonus: they have a café with deliciously inventive offerings at lovely prices. Visit The New School of Cooking online.
- Hooray for Zoogayoga, the only yoga studio dedicated to kids where every pose is Child’s Pose! Visit Zoogayoga online.
- Just five minutes away from the new Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is Bar Nine Collective, where exceptionally good coffee is served in Mason jars in this Portland-chic venue. Add to that delicious pastries and house-made hazelnut milk and resistance is futile. Visit Bar Nine Collective online.
- It’s nearly impossible to find a great Dosa in LA, but Mayura’s Masala Dosa is top notch. This unassuming Indian Restaurant is in a strip mall next to a check cashing place, and the parking can be tricky but it is well worth the effort for the freshness of their dishes.
Visit Mayura’s online.