If you're working your way down our bucket list of 100 things to do before your LA kids grow up, you might start to notice how many of those things are in Pasadena—and we're not just talking Rose Parade. The inland community rivals Santa Monica for family friendly, walkable streets and variety of arts and entertainment. It's also one of the oldest communities in the LA area, which gave it a head start on collecting cool stuff. Let the tourists spend their days in Hollywood; we know there's more going on most weekends in Pasadena, a city so bursting with kid and family-friendly activities that we couldn't stop at just 25. Read on for 35 things to do around Pasadena.
Enjoy a game of frisbee and a picnic for a fun day.
3. Reese's Retreat
It's ships ahoy, matey, all day every day at this universally accessible playground.
4. Arlington Garden
Delight in the sights and smells of Pasadena's only dedicated public garden.
5. Pasadena Roving Archers
Sling some arrows at this archery range.
6. Arroyo Seco Golf Course
Play a round of mini golf.
Photo courtesy of Norton Simon Museum
Museums Kids Love in Pasadena
7. The Huntington
Wander through 120 acres of botanical gardens, soaking in the breathtaking views of 15,000 plant varieties in more than a dozen gardens, including the children's Gardens (complete with water features).
8. USC Pacific Asia Museum
Take a stroll through and drink in the culture and arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
9. Gamble House
Take a tour of the American Arts and Crafts style house (children 12 and under get in free).
10. Norton Simon Museum
This museum offers more than just an array of glorious paintings. Your little ones might also enjoy the museum's Family Days,Young Artists Workshops, and more.
11. Kidspace Children's Museum
Head over to Kidspace for a day of play and exploration (or a Free Family Night).
12. Wrigley Gardens
Wake up and smell the roses at the tournament house.
13. NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab
Launch your imaginations into space.
Photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
Activities Kids Love in Pasadena
14. Pasadena Ice Skating Center.
Whirl and twirl in your skates at this indoor rink.
15. Bowlmor Pasadena
And... strike! Go bowling with friends.
16. Magical Playground
If inclement weather has you stumped for things to do, visit the this indoor playground.
17. Rose Bowl Loop
Walk, run, ride, or stroll around the Rose Bowl or come on a Flea Market Sunday.
18. Pasadena Public Library
Check out a book, settle into a storytime, or watch a movie.
19. Neon Retro Arcade
Play a few rounds of old-fashioned pinball.
20. CATZ Pasadena
Go play! They'll get your kids running, jumping, and skipping through their Youth Performance program for kids ages seven and up.
Photo courtesy of Magical Playground
Kids Classes in Pasadena
21. Anderson Adventure Camp H20 and Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
Enroll the kids in a swim or diving class.
22. Yoga Kingdom
Namaste - take a children's yoga class.
Arts Kids love in Pasadena
23. Armory Center for the Arts
Cruise the many exhibitions, or take a class.
24. Art Center for Kids
For bigger kids, try an art class (grades 4-8).
25. Theatre 360
Audition for a play or be a theatergoer at this "award winning children's theater."
26. Pasadena Playhouse
See a show—especially a holiday panto—at this historic theater.
27. Levitt Pavilion
Take in a summer concert.
Photo courtesy of Carmela Ice Cream/Facebook
Food Kids Love in Pasadena
28. Little Flower Candy Co
Grab some breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or some melt-in-your-mouth caramels).
29. Dots Cupcakes
Devour a cupcake (or four).
30. Pie 'n' Burger
Stop in for, well, pie and a burger...and so much more.
31. Carmela's Artisan Creamery
Skip over for a scoop of small-batch organic dairy ice cream.
32. Melting Pot Food Tours
Take a walking tour of Old Pasadena sampling food along the way.
Shopping Kids Love in Pasadena
33. Pasadena Certified Farmers' Market
Fill your bags with fresh and local produce.
34. Dinosaur Farm
Browse and shop at Pasadena's uniquely entertaining independent toy and book shop.
35. Vroman's Books
Listen to a story or two at one of regular storytimes.
This post was originally published February 4, 2014.