Member Morning at Kidspace, photo by Jackie Jones
Member Morning at Kidspace, photo by Jackie Jones

Got Early Risers? What To Do in LA While Everyone Else Is Sleeping In

If your life is like mine, it can sometimes feel like you're living on a farm... for many reasons—one of them being that your children wake up when the chickens rise. My kids are often revved up and ready to go at 6am or even earlier. So what should you do with all of that early morning energy? From indoor playgrounds to trampoline parks, we've got eight great ideas.

Take the Kids Bouncing

What better way to ensure your early risers will sleep well tonight (and maybe even nap in the car) than taking them to a trampoline park? Kids ages 6 and under can bounce their hearts out every morning at DojoBoom in Thousand Oaks beginning at 9am. Circus Trix in Mission Viejo also opens its doors at 9am every Saturday and Sunday for all ages, and during the week for the under-6 crowd. Big Air Trampoline Park, with locations in Buena Park and Laguna Hills, opens early several times a week for 'toddler time' (which generally means ages 7 and under). And at Rockin' Jump in Valencia, San Dimas, and Santa Ana, those 6 and under can begin jumping on Saturday mornings as early as 8am. Whew!
(Times accurate as of our publish date—be sure to double check before heading out!)

Peacocks are the stars at the LA Arboretum. Photo by Jackie Jones

Take in Some Wildlife

Mornings can be the best time to see animals at their most active states, especially during the summer months when afternoon heat can cause them (and kids) to get lethargic. If you haven't yet seen the famous peacocks at the LA Arboretum in Arcadia, morning is a great time to go; you can visit Monday through Sunday starting at 9am (members get in at 8am). Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge is home to a diverse group of animals and plants; it, too, opens at 9am every day of the week. If your kid is into sea animals, a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach should surely delight; it opens its doors every day (and even many holidays) at 9am. Got a fan of farm animals? At Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, kids can ride ponies, pick fresh fruits and veggie, and even take a tractor ride starting at 9am every day of the week. 

Play Indoors

While 10am seems to be the magic hour for most LA area indoor playgrounds, there are a handful that cater to early risers. Kids can climb, bounce, and dive in the ball pit Tuesday through Friday at Woodland Hills' Scootie Gootz beginning at 9am. For the younger crowd (say 3 and under), Playlab in Pasadena offers a sleek and modern play space, complete with complimentary coffee and tea. It opens at 9am Monday through Friday and some weekends, too. Bonus: once a month Playlab hosts 'Dadurday,' when dads can enjoy free breakfast with admission.

Annenberg Beach House has a stroller-friendly boardwalk to the waves. Photo by Darren Jones

Hit the Beach

Nothing seems to tucker my kids out quite like the ocean, and Los Angeles boasts a plethora of beautiful beaches to choose from. Most are open by 8am and some even offer playgrounds, restaurants, and wildlife viewing. A personal favorite, the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, even has its own splash pad which turns on daily at 9am. Another benefit of going to the beach early — easy parking. Usually, by 11am on a hot summer day, the parking lots at Annenberg are already full.

Stock Up on Groceries

...And I don't mean at the grocery store. While a mere mention of going to Ralph's can elicit moans and groans from my kids, a trip to the farmers market is never met with resistance. Perhaps that's because many offer fresh fruit samples along with the fresh air. And some, like the Studio City Sunday farmers market, even have kid zones with bounce houses and other rides. Plus, farmers markets are open on the weekends at 8am or often even earlier. 

It Pays to be a Member

If you have been considering buying a membership to Kidspace in Pasadena, here is a new incentive: The children's museum just started opening an hour early for members every Sunday at 9am. For Orange County parents, Pretend City Children's Museum opens its doors to members Monday through Saturday at 9am. And several times throughout the year, the LA Zoo holds member mornings on weekends. These start at 8:30am.

The Mall is Your Friend

Even though the shops won't be open until 10am or even later, the mall is—usually by 8am. Little tykes will likely be entertained looking at colorful store windows and running the corridors. Many local malls even have play areas for kids and coin-operated kiddie rides. Plus, malls are often home to coffee shops so tired parents can fuel up.

Family area at Swork. Photo courtesy of Swork

And Speaking of Coffee....

Swork in Eagle Rock understands your plight, parents! The coffee bar was designed with families in mind. Not only does it have great coffee and pastries, but Swork has an area reserved for little kids with miniature chairs and a table, a magnet board, and a nice collection of toddler-friendly books. And, by the way, Swork opens at 6am during the week, and 7am on the weekends.

Now, after such an active day, here's to getting eight hours of sleep tonight! A mother can dream, right?



193 N Moorpark Road, Suite A
Thousand Oaks, CA

Circus Trix
25222 El Paseo
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Big Air Buena Park
8320 On the Mall
Buena Park, CA 90620

Big Air Laguna Hills
23251 Avenida De La Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Rockin' Jump Valencia
28656 The Old Rd
Valencia, CA 91355

Rockin' Jump San Dimas
533 W Arrow Hwy
San Dimas, CA 91773

Rockin' Jump Santa Ana
1411 Village Way
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Los Angeles Arboretum
301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Road
Moorpark , CA 93021

Scootie Gootz
23343 Mulholland Dr
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

1021 E Walnut St #100
Pasadena, CA 91106

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402

Studio City Farmers Market
2052 Ventura Pl
Studio City, CA 91604

480 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2160 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041