Kids Activities in Los Alamitos

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$50 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Four Dance and Gym Classes or Four Art Classes at Oodles Learning Center & Kids Gym (Up to 64% Off)

Oodles Learning Center and Kids Gym

Cerritos

$45 $16

The staff leads 60-minute classes that help kids learn a new dance move, improve their balance, or boost their creativity through drawing

Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental for Two, Four, or Six from Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals (Up to 75% Off)

Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals

Sunset Beach

$160 $49

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Standup paddleboards cut across the waves as riders balance and maneuver on the waters of Sunset Beach

Bowling for Two, Four, or Six at Westminster Lanes (Up to Half Off)

Westminster Lanes

Westminster

$42 $21

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Groups of two, four, and six send pins crashing for two hours

One 60-Minute Batting Cage Session or Three or Five 30-Minute Sessions at On Deck Batting Cages (Up to 59% Off)

On Deck Batting Cages

Signal Hill

$30 $15

(21)

Players refine their swing in one of 14 batting cages equipped with baseball and softball pitching machines by Jugs and Home Plate

Basic or Family Membership to the Museum of Latin American Art (Up to 52% Off)

Museum of Latin American Art

Downtown Long Beach

$60 $29

Works from Latin America and the Caribbean fill the only museum in the country dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art

One-Year Membership or Cemetery Walking Tour for One from Historical Society of Long Beach (Up to 41% Off)

Historical Society of Long Beach

Historical Society of Long Beach

$100 $59

(6)

Tour covers some of Long Beach's most notable residents; history museum exhibits photographs, newspapers, documents, and other artifacts

$54 for $120 Worth of Music Lessons — Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Long Beach

$120 $54

From the merchant: Beginners to advanced drummers will learn technique, grooves, and reading; they will play all styles by Ronnie Ciago.

Blue Whale-Watching Cruise tickets for Two or Four from Harbor Breeze Cruises (Up to 55% Off)

Harbor Breeze Cruises

Downtown Long Beach

$100 $49

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Aboard double-decker vessels, narrated cruises sail throughout the Pacific Ocean and search for blue whales, dolphins, and sea lions

Pass for Go-Karting, Mini-Golf, and Other Attractions for One, Two, or Four at Boomers! (Up to 47% Off)

Boomers!

Multiple Locations

$29.99 $16.99

Family-entertainment center amuses visitors with access to miniature golf, go-karts, and more

$99 for a Tadpole Party Package for Up to 15 Kids at Frogg's Bounce House (Up to $249 Value)

Frogg's Bounce House

Fountain Valley

$249 $99

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Mom-founded bounce house with a 9,000 sq. ft. paradise of inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and toddler zone

Two, Five, or Ten Visits for All Ages at Seascape Kids Fun (Up to 44% Off)

Seascape Kids Fun

Anaheim Hills

$16 $10

Ocean-themed indoor playground with a play structure that circles a range for launching foam balls

One Trapeze Session for Two People, or Three Trapeze Sessions for One Person at SwingIt Trapeze (Up to 55% Off)

SwingIt Trapeze

West Center Promenade

$130 $69

Beginners learn to hang from their knees before swinging and performing aerial tricks

Two Hours of Bowling with Shoes for Two, Four, or Six at Linbrook Bowl (Up to 66% Off)

Linbrook Bowl

Southwest Anaheim

$59.50 $20

Alley has 40 lanes and is open 24 hours a day; featuring a coffee shop and The Kopa Room with four big-screen TVs and karaoke every night

Open Skate with Rentals for Two or Four or Beginner or Junior Star Hockey Camp at KHS Ice Arena (Up to 44% Off)

KHS ICE ARENA

Southeast Anaheim

$20 $12

Family and friends can glide across the ice atop provided rental skates; kids learn hockey basics or hone their skills during camps

Two or Four Four-Hour Open-Play Sessions at Pumper Jumpers (40% Off)

Pumper Jumpers

Fullerton

$10 $6

17,000-square-foot space with bounce houses, a large playground, and XBox or Wii games on 48-inch screens for teenagers

$75 for $150 Worth of 4 Guitar Lessons — Fullerton Guitar Academy

Fullerton Guitar Academy

Fullerton

$150 $75

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One, Two, or Four Three-Hour Painting Classes at Painting & Vino - Orange County (Up to 51% Off)

Painting & Vino

Multiple Locations

$45 $25

Professional artists give step-by-step instructions that teach guests how to recreate works of art while enjoying wine or cocktails

One Month of Classes for One or Two Kids or a Birthday Party for Up to 12 Kids at My Gym (Up to 57% Off)

My Gym

Huntington Beach

$75 $35

(13)

Kids develop physically, cognitively, and emotionally through fun, age-appropriate, and structured program

Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at La Habra 300 Bowl (Up to 76% Off)

La Habra 300 Bowl

La Habra City

$56 $19

(61)

Open until at least 11 p.m. nightly, bowling alley hosts groups in traditional atmosphere or in festive light of cosmic bowling on weekends

Open Play for Two or Four or Party Package for Up to 15 at Kidz Spot (50% Off)

Kidz Spot

La Habra City

$20 $10

Indoor playground encourages kids ages 6 months to 10 years to develop social and motor skills, expand their imaginations, and stay safe

$69 for $137 $137 Toward One Month of Music Lessons and Registration Fee — Bach 2 Rock Academy of Music

The Bach 2 Rock Academy Of Music

La Habra City

$137 $69

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Two-Hour Wristband for One or Two at Go Kart World (28% Off)

Go Kart World

Carson

$40 $29

Six go-kart tracks entice families and celebrities alike with sprint-car and euro-car racing

General Admission for Two or Four to Bowers Museum of Cultural Art (Up to 52% Off)

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Downtown Santa Ana

$30 $15

Cultural museum showcasing a permanent collection of more than 120,000 artifacts and artwork from all across the world

Three or Five Private In-Home Piano, Vocal, or Guitar Lessons from The Music Abode (Up to 56% Off)

The Music Abode

Redeem from Home

$75 $35

Experienced instructors cater private music lessons to each student's needs, such as sight-reading or rehearsing complex pieces

In-Home Music Lessons from Heritage Home Conservatory (Up to 63% Off). Three Options Available.

Heritage Home Conservatory

On Location

$140 $59

Flute, piano, banjo, guitar, and voice are just a few of the options students can choose to practice during in-home music lessons

Two or Four 30-Minute In-Home Private Guitar Lessons with a RockStarter Materials Kit from University of Rock (51% Off)

University of Rock

Redeem from Home

$120 $59

Trained instructors tailor in-home guitar lessons so students build knowledge and improve their skills; RockStarter kit with music book

Two or Four Tickets or One-Year Membership for Individual or Family at Lyon Air Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Lyon Air Museum

Orange County Airport

$24 $12

Authentic planes and rare automobiles that trace back to World War II are on display at this museum, located within John Wayne Airport

$33 for $65 Worth of Music Lessons — Absolutely The Best Entertainment

Absolutely The Best Entertainment

Redeem from Home

$65 $33

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$110 for 4 At-Home Creative-Based Private Music Lessons for Kids Aged 5–17 from Winder Academy of Music ($220 Value)

Winder Academy of Music

On Location

$220 $110

Innovative approach to lessons that focuses on personal creativity; combination of fundamentals and connecting students to the instruments

Two or Four Horseback Riding Lessons at Orange County Riding Academy (56% Off)

Orange County Riding Academy

Orange

$110 $48

New riders learn valuable lessons in balance, control, and confidence before moving onto trail rides or barrel racing lessons

Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre for Two or Four at Rib Trader (Up to Half Off)

Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre

Rib Trader

$119.80 $60

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Medievally clad magician weaves mystical tricks before entranced audiences over a dinner of sumptuous barbecue ribs and chicken

$12 for $20 Worth of Batting Practice — The Armory Softball Training Facility

The Armory Softball Training Facility

Northwest San Pedro

$20 $12

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Standup-Paddleboarding Lesson for One or Two with Equipment from Captain Kirk's (Up to Half Off)

Captain Kirk's

Captain Kirk's Kiteboarding

$69 $35

(10)

Seasoned instructors teach small groups how to balance atop boards and catch waves during 90-minute classes with all gear provided

$20 for $35 Worth of Music Lessons — Bellamusic

Bellamusic

Bell

$35 $20

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$199 for a Two-Hour Trampolining Birthday Party for Up to 10 with Pizza at Sky High Sports ($290 Value)

Sky High Sports

Orange County

$290 $199

At birthday parties, up to 10 guests bounce on trampolines and refuel with pizza; table reservation, setup, and cleanup included

5 or 10 All-Day Bounce Visits or an Obstacle-Course Rental at Inflatable Fun Factory of Orange County (Up to 77% Off)

Inflatable Fun Factory of Orange County

Costa Mesa

$60 $15

All-day access to outdoor inflatables, such as slides and spacious jumpers; rental of a 35-foot obstacle course with setup and tear down

Admission with Pony, Train, and Merry-Go-Round Rides for Two or Four at Montebello Barnyard Zoo (Up to 50%)

Montebello Barnyard Zoo

Montebello

$28 $15

A rustic farm setting features pony rides, a merry-go-round, and up-close interactions with zebras, llamas, cows, and various farm animals

$10 for a Visit for Up to Four to Marconi Automotive Museum & Special Events Venue (Up to $20 Value)

Marconi Automotive Museum & Special Events Venue

Tustin

$20 $10

(13)

Rare Ferraris and classic American muscle cars share space with Jaguars, high-performance motorcycles, and historic Formula cars

One or Two Junior or Adult Whale-Watching Cruise Tickets from Davey's Locker Whale Watching (Up to 63% Off)

Davey's Locker Whale Watching

Newport Beach

$30 $12

Cruises sail into the waters of Orange County to spy blue and finback whales during their summer migration

Four-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental or a Three-Hour Group Lesson for One or Two (Up to 52% Off)

Surfari Surf

Newport Beach

$60 $30

Learn the proper techniques for standing, dismounting, and remounting a standup paddleboard and then practice those on calm, OC flat waters

2.5-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Landing Whale Watching (up to 61%)

Newport Landing Sportfishing

Newport Beach

$36 $15

Spot giant blue whales, California gray whales, finback whales, dolphin pods, and other native creatures in their natural habitat

Two-Hour Paddleboard Rental for One, Two, or Four from Newport Fun Tours (Up to 53% Off)

Newport Fun Tours

Mariners Mile

$40 $20

Beach-goers travel along the surf or into deeper waters on paddleboards at Newport Beach

Two Games of Bowling with Rental Shoes for Four, Six, or Eight at Palos Verdes Bowl (Up to 53% Off)

Palos Verdes Bowl

Torrance

$56 $32

(75)

Groups don rented shoes to toss bowling balls down their choice of 40 lanes; lounge with green-screen karaoke

$99 for a Five-Day Baseball or Softball Summer Camp at South Bay Refinery ($200 Value)

South Bay Refinery

Torrance

$200 $99

A five-day baseball or softball camp for ages 5–13 focuses on refining a number of skills, including fielding, batting, and pitching

$175 for Lightsaber Camp at United Studios of Self Defense ($275 Value)

United Studios of Self Defense

Yorba Linda

$275 $175

(6)

Students wield the included weapons of seasoned space warriors during martial-arts camp that blends sci-fi gadgets with real-world skills

One or Two 40-Minute Piano Lessons at EZPiano (Up to 80% Off)

EZPiano

Irvine Business Complex

$40 $10

Experienced instructors blend aspects of teaching methods such as Suzuki and Kodály to meet the needs of each individual

Ice Skating and Skate Rental for Two, Four, or Six at Palos Verdes Ice Chalet (Up to 50% Off)

Palos Verdes Ice Chalet

Palos Verdes Peninsula

$20 $10

Ice rink opens doors during daily public-skating sessions, when energizing music blasts from the speakers to score treks around the arena

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($ 129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

90-Minute SUP Lesson Package for 1 or 2 or Birthday-Party Package for Up to 10 at Paddle House (Up to 67% Off)

Paddle House

Redondo Beach

$90 $45

Guests learn the basics of easy-to-master standup paddleboards, enjoying a yoga lesson or party that lets them revel on a yacht post paddle

Kids' Two-Week Musical Theater Camp at Performing Arts Workshops (Up to 48% Off). Six Locations Available.

Performing Arts Workshops

Multiple Locations

$575 $299

Kids learn how to combine acting, dancing, singing, and speech talents, culminating in the musical play for friends and family

Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at Action Lanes (Up to 65% Off)

Action Lanes

El Monte City

$57 $20

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32-lane bowling center with a pro shop, sports bar, snack shop, arcade room, and animated scoreboards

Standup-Paddleboarding Lessons or Four-Hour Rental for One or Two at Venice Beach Surf School (Up to 83% Off)

Venice Beach Surf School

Venice Beach Surf School

$160 $49

Instructor with more than 25 years slicing waves teaches students to master the same

5 or 10 Open-Play Sessions at The Awesome Playground (Up to 56% Off)

The Awesome Playground

Highland Park

$40 $20

Sock-adorned kids traipse through indoor play equipment for endless fun

120-Minute Painting Class from Art of Bella (44% Off)

Art Of Bella Studio

Mid-Wilshire

$45 $25

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One, Three, or Six 30-Minute Piano Lessons at Piano Studies LA (Up to 55% Off)

Piano Studies LA

Hollywood

$40 $20

Each lesson covers both technical and musical aspects of piano-playing, focusing on the student's choice of classical or popular songs

Family or Individual Travel Town Museum Foundation Membership (Up to 50% Off)

Travel Town Museum Foundation

Los Angeles

$60 $30

(142)

Support educational outreach and restoration programs with a year of gift shop discounts, admission to members-only events, and souvenirs

One-Year Individual or Family/Dual Membership to the Chinese American Museum (Up to 56% Off)

Chinese American Museum

Chinatown

$50 $22

(66)

In its 10th year, CAM's current exhibits include L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, documenting Chinese immigration to the States

$38 for $85 Toward one hour guitar lesson (with extra 15 minute "how to practice" coaching session)

Zotzinmusic

Atwater Village

$85 $38

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Admission for Two or Four with $10 or $20 Off at Gift Shop at The Museum of Contemporary Art (56% Off)

The Museum of Contemporary Art ( moca )

Downtown Los Angeles

$34 $15

Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other visual masters star in permanent collection at museum filled with post-1940 art

Two or Four Tickets to GRAMMY Museum (Up to 50% Off)

GRAMMY Museum

Downtown Los Angeles

$25.90 $13

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Donna Summer and the greats of 1960s Los Angeles are the centerpiece of this summer's exhibitions at the GRAMMY Museum

One- or Two-Month Free Bird Membership or Three-Month Open-Play Membership at Pamper and Play (Up to 66% Off)

Pamper and Play

West Los Angeles

$69 $30

(22)

Indoor play center offers parents playtime for kids; activities include a bubble machine and mini trampoline plus toys and games

Two-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental, or One or Three Lessons from Paddle Surf LA (Up to 65% Off)

Paddle Surf LA

Paddle Surf LA

$60 $26

Learn how to navigate the waters of Marina Del Rey while paddling sturdy longboards

$38 for $75 Toward piano, violin, voice, music production, or acting lessons

Renacer Entertainment Music Lessons & Performance Coaching

North Hollywood

$75 $38

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$149 for $298 Groupon — LA Voice & Music

La Voice & Music

Crenshaw

$298 $149

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5 or 10 Open-Play Visits at Under the Sea Indoor Playground (Up to 55% Off)

Under the Sea Indoor Playground

Multiple Locations

$55 $27

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Imagination and energy run wild as kids traipse through climbing structures and turbo slides surrounded by colorful ocean-themed murals

$29 for Three Months of 3D Guitar Lessons Online from iPerform 3D Online Guitar Lessons ($168.85 Value)

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

Single-Day Admission or Membership to Museum of Tolerance (Up to 56% Off). Five Options Available.

Museum of Tolerance

Beverlywood

$31 $17

(140)

Interactive exhibits on the Holocaust and contemporary human-rights violations illustrate the consequences of intolerance

One or Three One-Hour In-Home Guitar Lessons from Craig's Guitar Lessons (Up to 56% Off)

Craig's Guitar Lessons

Redeem from Home

$60 $29

Guitarist of 25+ years tailors lessons to each student's interests, such as learning lead-guitar techniques or their favorite songs

Three or Five Hours of Guitar Lessons at Sly Mark Music (Up to 78% Off)

Sly Mark Music

On Location

$150 $45

Guitarist teaches students of all ages and abilities tricks that professional guitarists use, customizing lessons to each student

Arcade Games at PanIQ Entertainment (45% Off)

Paniq Entertainment

Los Angeles

$159 $87

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Two or Five 30-Minute Private Guitar Lessons from Los Angeles Guitar Instruction (Up to 63% Off)

Los Angeles Guitar Instruction

On Location

$120 $45

Guitarist with 17 years of experience and two albums teaches students of all ages and skill levels

$21 for $38 Worth of Music Lessons — Rock Stars Of Tomorrow

Rock Stars Of Tomorrow

Redeem from Home

$38 $21

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$20 for $50 Worth of Music Lessons — Daniel Amalm Guitar Tuition

Daniel Amalm

Los Angeles

$50 $20

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$30 for $60 Toward One Hour Guitar Lesson — Janet Robin Guitar Lessons

Janet Robin Guitar Lessons

Redeem from Home

$60 $30

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Three or Five One-Hour At-Home Kids' Music Lessons from Seth Jeremy Productions (Up to 58% Off)

Seth Jeremy Productions

Redeem from Home

$210 $89

In the comfort of home, kids study a choice of piano, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, music production, composition, theory, or voice

Two 30- or 60-Minute Onsite Music or Voice Lessons at Right Start Music (Up to 65% Off)

Right Start Music

On Location

$80 $29

Instructors who specialize in teaching beginners travel to teach onsite lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums, or flute

$77 for $140 Worth of Sports Camp — Active Kidz Camp

Active Kidz Camp

Los Angeles

$140 $77

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Five-day Robolympics Camp with Kit at Hotchpotch Club (Up to 58% Off)

Hotchpotch Club

Multiple Locations

$698 $295

Children build robots and engage in arts and crafts, games, and sports

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On weekend nights, Cal Bowl turns down the regular lights and turns up the black lights, making lanes glow neon for cosmic bowling. Meanwhile, players themselves supply the soundtrack as they take the mic on the karaoke stage. During the day, open bowling commences as usual, with players sending balls spinning down glossy lanes while fighting the urge to slide down after them. Between frames, guests escape to the 7,000-square-foot fun center, stocked with arcade and redemption games and four billiards tables.

2500 Carson St
Lakewood,
CA
US

At Westminster Lanes, pins crash from the early morning until late at night. Here, players strap their feet into rental shoes and select the optimal ball for knocking down those poor pins, who just got back on their feet. Toes start tapping during Rock 'n' Bowl on weekends, and the alley occasionally hosts live entertainment, such as comedy shows.

6471 Westminster Blvd
Westminster,
CA
US

The sight of a medieval castle surrounded by tall cacti may seem anachronistic at first, but it's hard to question the image when one is trying to putt a mini golf ball into a grassy hole off the circulating paddles of a windmill. It's whimsical moments like this that make Golf N? Stuff's name feel understated. Beyond the two lush 18-hole mini golf courses that draw year-round visitors, the entertainment center boasts go-karts, bumper boats, and more than 100 arcade games. Batting cages let both kids and adults perfect their swings. Visitors can refuel on hot dogs, Dippin' Dots ice cream, and soda at the snack bar.

10555 Firestone Blvd
Norwalk,
CA
US

Aquarium of the Pacific

Betty’s favorite foods are shrimp, clams, and squid. She’s a little over a year old. She has brown hair, and her nickname is “Banshee,” because she wails when she doesn’t get her way. Named for Aquarium of the Pacific sponsor and legendary actress Betty White, she’s a recent addition to the aquarium’s BP Sea Otter Habitat. Betty was discovered in early 2012, a mere pup, without a mother. The staff at Aquarium of the Pacific nursed her back to health until October, when she was well enough to join her friends in the otter habitat. The otter habitat is just one of 19 habitats at Aquarium of the Pacific, which also includes 32 focus exhibits celebrating the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Ocean. In the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, more than 12 tuxedo-clad Magellanic penguins waddle around a rocky beach where guests can spy them nesting, eating, and practicing dance routines with Dick van Dyke, and a crawl space below their swimming pool provides a closer look at the birds as they go for a dip. Outside in Shark Lagoon, some 150-plus sand tiger, zebra, and whitetip reef sharks bare their menacing grins. But in the shallow touch pools, gentle bamboo and epaulette sharks discredit stereotypes by allowing visitors to pet them. For those more interested in the science of the sea, the Ocean Science Center helps visitors explore oceanic trends through its Science on a Sphere exhibit. The globe, a creation of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, measures six feet in diameter and displays films about subjects such as rising sea levels and the connection between ocean health and human health.

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach,
CA
US

While wandering the Museum of Latin American Art's permanent collection of works?from artists native to 20 Latin American countries?it might come as a surprise that the space was once home to a roller-skating rink and a silent-movie studio. Its transformation into one of the country's only museums dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art was the work of physician, philanthropist, and patron of the arts Dr. Robert Gumbiner. He acquired the properties and founded the museum in 1996, revamping the Hippodrome into galleries alive with Latin American music, paintings, and video.

Since that time, the museum has doubled in size, adding a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden and expanding its collection to include masters such as Rufino Tamayo, Roberto Sebasti?n Matta, Los Carpinteros, and Tunga. The site now serves as a beacon of Latin American culture, showcasing artists who made names for themselves in their own countries but may not be well known in the United States.

Beyond the eye-catching exhibitions, which have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the museum offers educational programs and events such as concerts, film showings, and children?s art camps. Each is an outgrowth of the museum?s mission to stimulate the intellect and cultivate an appreciation for Latin America?s contributions to the world of art.

628 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach,
CA
US

Rancho Los Alamitos enjoys a spot on the National Register of Historic Places for a couple reasons—the site is the birthplace of the native Tongva people, and it has also played an important role in local history since 1790. That’s the year Manuel Nieto took control of a 300,000-acre parcel of land as a reward for serving the Spanish crown on an expedition to California. Over the years, the land saw subdivision—in 1833, it was divvied up among Nieto’s heirs into five ranchos, some 25,500 acres becoming Rancho Los Alamitos. Around this time, the Nietos erected a still standing adobe house, most likely for ranch staff and horses. Fast-forward nearly a hundred years and Florence Bixby is cultivating a lush garden. From native plants and cacti to geraniums and roses, her garden incorporated aspects of ranch life without fully relinquishing a European vibe. Along with that garden, vestiges of the Tongva Village and the homestead’s former inhabitants live on today next to a renovated Rancho Center and Barns Area. The ranch is still home to barnyard animals—chickens, rabbits, horses—and thanks to Bixby’s heirs, the 7.5 remaining acres of Nieto’s once-colossal estate now welcome the public with exhibits about its history and that of the Tongva tribe.

6400 E Bixby Hill Rd
Long Beach,
CA
US