Expand your taste in ice cream and experience the savory-sweet side of frozen desserts at Neveux Artisan Creamery & Espresso Bar. Explore unique flavors such as Basil Olive Oil, Strawberry Balsamic, and Coconut Curry Lemongrass.
Contact info: Neveux Artisan Creamery & Espresso Bar, 7407 ½ Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; http://www.neveuxartisancreamery.com/
Categories: Eating, Kids
Explore the Getty Museum's Central Garden
Is there anything better than a stroll through the Getty Museum's Central Garden an hour before sunset on a sunny summer day? In a word: No. The garden was created by Robert Irwin and the design takes up 134,000 square feet. The tree-lined walkways, the stream and waterfall, the specialty areas — there's no other experience like it in Los Angeles. In the "Bowl Garden" alone you can find kangaroo paw, golden angels' trumpet, crape myrtle, floribunda roses, sage and verbena. The space feels majestic and intimate at the same time.
Cost: $15 for parking
Contact info: http://www.getty.edu/visit/see_do/gardens.html
Categories: Entertainment, Kids, Arts and Culture
Escondido Canyon Park hike with dog
This one-mile trail leads to the base of Escondido Falls, a beautiful, 150-foot multi-tiered waterfall. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail.
Contact info: Escondido Canyon Park, 27200 Winding Way, Malibu; http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=12
Categories: Fitness, Kids
Ignore your friends who don't want to set foot in downtown Los Angeles and insist they join you for a quiet visit to the James Irvine Japanese Garden at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Or come alone. It's used for weddings and receptions but its greatest use may be one of simple contemplation. The (relatively) tiny space includes a stream, blooming trees and flowers. A 30-minute meditation should settle the most tumultuous of minds.