In 1927, rancher and conservationist Bixby Bryan set aside 200 acres of her family's ranch to showcase California plants sprouting from their native terrain. Eighty years later, wild lilacs and manzanitas thrive on Indian Hill Mesa, and the fertile land's northern 55 acres nourish spring-blooming flannel bushes and joshua trees. The garden strives to showcase native cultures as well, collaborating with members of the Tongva tribe to construct Tongva village. Skilled horticulturists empower visitors to use native plants in their own home gardens and get-rich-quick beanstalk schemes, with informative displays and frequent community education programs.
In 1938, Kurt and Max Laemmle, the nephews of Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle, opened their very own movie house dedicated to Hollywood and foreign pictures alike. Though it's since grown to encompass seven locations, Laemmle Theaters is still a family-run business that remains dedicated to its original mission.
A mix of blockbuster and art-house flicks are projected digitally into auditoriums with stadium seating, and share showtimes with special events such as premieres and one-night screenings. To spotlight smaller films, the Sneak Preview Club features upcoming movies for free, an easier way to see new releases than changing your name to Steven Spielberg. Complement each cinematic voyage with one of Laemmle Theaters' classic concessions, such as popcorn drenched in real butter.
Bowlium Lanes can host 32 simultaneous groups across 32 lanes, filling the spacious building with the thundering sound of strikes and celebration. Groups regularly convene at the alley for league nights, birthday parties, or spontaneous evenings of fun. For novice bowlers, the alley's staff can pad gutters with bumpers, leaves, and bird nests. During cosmic bowling on select nights, laser lights light up the alley while heart-pounding music soundtracks each match. In between games, guests can dive into a tower of nachos or get their fingers saucy with a plateful of wings from the on-site diner. In addition to bowling, the alley also hosts karaoke four nights a week, including more than 18,000 song choices for visitors to sing.
For more than 15 years, Marshall Canyon Equestrian Center has welcomed horse enthusiasts for riding lessons and gallops across its sylvan expanse. Guided trail rides require no previous horseback experience, leading as many as 10 riders to witness area wildlife, rumble past clear babbling streams, and admire flowers left by spurned centaur lovers. The center?s instructor, Donna, leads lessons in the riding disciplines of Western and English, specializing in teaching new riders proper horsemanship essentials in the well-lit arena. Marshall Canyon also boards horses in fully covered 16?x16? stalls, where they enjoy daily cleaning and healthy portions of alfalfa.