Sure we have some of the liveliest bars, funkiest gift shops, and fashion-forward boutiques in Los Angeles, but Melrose Avenue is a family-friendly place, too. So forget the babysitter when you’re planning your visit; pack up the kiddos and check out these fun for all ages Melrose businesses.
Let’s start with the obvious: kids love toys. And so do a lot of adults which means you’ll really have to control your credit card!
Deep breath before entering Puzzle Zoo. It’s all here: action figures, collectibles, infant toys, arts, crafts, dolls, books, games, puzzles (natch), plushies…you get the point. From sports and superheroes to horror and fantasy, anything that keeps your child active in mind and body is here.
7551 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046
The candy-colored dreamscape of JapanLA is immersed in the culture of kawaii (cute). It carries toys, art, accessories, and clothing inspired by Japanese and L.A. pop culture. With many imports from Japan, special pop-ups (Studio Khabli through July), and art shows, it’s a must-stop with the kids.
7320 ½ Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046
Don’t give your kids a valid reason to hate you when they’re adults. Take them to Golden Apple. One of L.A.’s most legendary comic books stores, Golden Apple covers all the bases for fans: collectibles, indies, new releases, back issues, figurines, and enough visual pop culture history to keep the whole family occupied for hours.
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90038
Bring your little ghouls to a place they’ll feel right at home! Monster A Gogo is a one-of-a-kind shop for classic monster, sci-fi, and spooky gear and apparel. From Elvira and Crypt Keeper to skulls and eyeballs, you (oh, right. your kids) will be giggling with delight at the array of kreeptastic products.
MONSTER A GOGO
7361 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046
Wanna visit Melrose with the kids but kinda don’t want to shop/eat/drink with the kids? Solution: drop ‘em at a class! Give them a solid skill set while you do you.
Is your kid destined for stage and screen? Do they crack you up with crazy characters, jokes, stories? Send them to the Groundlings improv workshop. For ages 11-18, the five-day workshop runs as a weekly class or in the summer, as a week-long intensive. Also take advantage of a single day drop-in class. Let your kid learn from the best!
GROUNDLINGS THEATRE & SCHOOL
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046
Maybe you’ve got a little rocker or a future Philharmonic member in your house. Good for you! Nurture your child’s interest in music with classes at the Hollywood Academy of Music and Arts. Music lessons (instrument and voice) and performing arts classes taught by seasoned pro – what better reason for frequent Melrose visits?
HOLLYWOOD ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND ARTS
7469 Melrose Avenue – Suite 34, Los Angeles CA 90046
Acting, check. Music, check. Dance? Check! The opportunity to bust moves with internationally-recognized instructors and choreographers is one of those “only on Melrose” things. Classes for 9 year olds+ are available so check the schedule and plan your visit around an experience your kid will never forget.
7375 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046
Boxing is absolutely for children! If they’re 5 years old and up, bring ‘em to Tiger. At his gym, kids not only get an exciting and challenging workout, they experience discipline and mastery. What parent doesn’t want their kid to learn focus and feel confident? Tiger is just great with the young’uns, and can tailor a no-contact class if you prefer.
TIGER BOXING GYM
708 No. Gardner Street, Los Angeles CA 90046
Ride around Melrose in two-wheel style. Head over to the Fairfax end of the shopping district and rent the family some cool bikes from Spokes n’ Stuff. Plenty of kid-sized mountain bikes plus cruisers and hybrids for the adults are available at reasonable hourly and daily rates.
SPOKES ‘N STUFF
7777 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046
There is no better way to end a full day on Melrose with the kids than enjoying some homemade ice cream at Neveux Artisan Creamery. Ah, who are we kidding. There’s no better way to START the day on Melrose! Genius flavor combos change daily, and every amazing sweet or savory offering is organic.
NEVEUX ARTISAN CREAMERY
7407 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046