At Racer's Edge Indoor Karting, staff members flap green and checkered flags to signal the beginning and end of go-karting competition. Drivers first attend a safety briefing and don protective helmets and neck guards, then hop behind the wheel of an electric Sodi go-kart that produces minimal noise and even more minimal milk. Holding up to eight of the eco-friendly speedsters at a time, the 2.5-mile indoor race has nine turns and trackside tables where friends and family members can cheer racers to the finish line. Afterward, participants can check two projection screens for their lap times or visit the facility's deli and refuel on quarter-pound beef hot dogs and freshly baked cookies. Racer's Edge stages group outings for birthday parties with activities such as slot car racing, corporate events, and herds of deer that are tired of never getting the right of way.
What makes it great: classic family-friendly vibe, 24 synthetic lanes, computerized scoring, automatic bumpers for amateurs, arcade, fully equipped pro shop, ice rink in the adjoining Pickwick Gardens complex
Martial Arts History Museum's exhibits chronicle martial arts' role in two stories: the histories of prominent Asian countries, and the cultural influence of Asian countries on America. Through paintings, musical instruments, and theatrical displays, the nonprofit organization's exhibits cover the origins and growth of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines. As they trace those histories, they also zoom in on major events such as the Boxer Rebellion and the relationship between martial arts and Asian arts such as Chinese opera and Japanese Taiko drumming.
Fittingly for a museum whose designers included artists from Disney and The Simpsons, the space also contains a media section. Portions of this section analyze pop-culture staples such as Kung Fu Panda and Avatar: The Last Airbender, and other parts display movie memorabilia such as Ralph Macchio's headband from The Karate Kid, though his socks are kept in a hidden location known only to the world's three richest kings. The museum also hosts frequent events and classes that range from sushi seminars to sword-cutting performances.
La La Land Indoor Playground enchants future adults with an open floor filled with slides, tunnels, and toys and surrounded by a panoramic mural depicting a magical forest. During open-play hours, particularly feisty tots can get their wiggles out in the Excitement Zone, a netted enclosure where scampering legs can bounce on a small, cushy trampoline, and the space beneath a rainbow-patterned slide provides a concealed venue for under-the-table popsicle exchanges. Tiny conveyances and wobbling hobbyhorses pepper the playroom in the form of dogs, dinosaurs, and tricycles, as their Lilliputian riders emulate stoic cowboys or swashbuckling knights on their way to La La Land's medieval castle façade.
With ample seating, an open space with few blind spots, and WiFi spiraling throughout the room, La La Land offers supervising adults a chance at relaxation better than making the babysitter read Zen poetry aloud. The Indoor Playground also hosts kid-tailored classes and throws raucous birthday parties.
The lure of a serene, calming environment beckons city dwellers to make the 15-minute trek from Los Angeles to Cherokee Ranch, a horsemanship facility overseen by highly-trained instructors. In a beautiful setting, Cherokee ranch offers riding lessons for individuals and small groups of every level, illuminating the subtleties of the English and Western riding disciplines. Students enjoy decades of proven training experience with the well-mannered and well-trained horses creating the ultimate equine connection.