Beverly Hills: 7 Kid-Friendly Stops for a Fab Visit to 90210
Ooh la la! Beverly Hills, perhaps the most exclusive and lavish city in the U.S., has it all — glitz, glamour, sunshine, iconic sights, swimming pools and movie stars — everything you need for an especially memorable and oh-so-glamorous family vacation. My children and I recently enjoyed a wonderful long weekend in this iconic city, where we were greeted with so many fun things to see and do, giving us just a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Here are seven stops for a fab visit to 90210 with kids.
Beverly Hills Sign and Lily Pond
Santa Monica Blvd. between N. Beverly Drive and N. Canon Drive
One of the city’s first landmarks, the iconic, 40-foot Beverly Hills sign makes for a great photo opp. Kids can unleash their energy in this bright green space while also exploring the lily pond and the surprising sculptures that dot the surrounding Beverly Gardens Park.
516 N. Walden Drive
You’ll expect to see a fairytale witch peep out the window of the Spadena House, a.k.a. the Witch’s House, located in the middle of a quiet residential area. Built in 1921 as an office/dressing room for a silent film studio, this charming little house, with it’s Hansel and Gretel like exterior, is sure to spark your child’s imagination.
444 North Cannon Drive, Tel. 310-275-0341
Lucille Ball adored charming Edelweiss Chocolates, and its small chocolate assembly line inspired I Love Lucy’s hilarious Season 2 “Job Switching” episode. While your kids select from the handcrafted candies and chocolates, ask to see the conveyor belt in the rear, where you’ll also find a large poster of the shop’s most famous customer.
You’ll find the biggest names in fashion on Rodeo Drive, the most expensive shopping district in the United States. All the big names are here — Prada, Chanel, Fendi — and though many of the items might be out of your kid’s penny-wise budget, window shopping here is a blast.
9635 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Tel. 310-274-8765
We can thank Sprinkle Cupcakes for sparking the sweet craze when it opened its doors in Beverly Hills in 2005. Handcrafted from only the finest ingredients and topped with colorful, trademarked dots, the cupcakes here are quite simply the best. A devoted celebrity following makes the wait in line a good place to spot a star.
If you prefer a more streamlined experience, or find yourselves craving cupcakes in the middle of the night, head to the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM at 9635 South Santa Monica boulevard. The world’s first cupcake ATM, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, is restocked day and night with a variety of freshly baked cupcakes, cookies and even cupcakes for Fido!
Royal Tea at the Montage Beverly Hills
225 N. Canon Drive, Tel. 310-860-7800
The luxe Montage Beverly Hills offers a sublime afternoon royal tea, where little princes and princesses can indulge in the sweetest of treats served with artisanal teas in a gorgeous parkside setting. Available daily from 12 pm to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday, afternoon tea at the Montage is a beloved Beverly Hills’ tradition.
Aqua Star at The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd., Tel. 310-274-7777
Dive into one of the most famous swimming pools in the world, the Aqua Star at the The Beverly Hilton, where stars have been cooling off since 1955, when film star Esther Williams took the inaugural dip. Moms and dads can enjoy swanky cocktails under a sun umbrella while the kids go for a swim. On Thursday evenings, from 5 to 10 pm, order s’mores from the onsite restaurant Circa55 and toast your marshmallows poolside.
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