The city of Los Angeles is home to all kinds of activities that suit a variety of interests. Whether on vacation or simply looking for something to do, the north side of Los Angeles offers a variety of things to do for those interested in anything from art to zoos, with live marionette performances thrown in for good measure.
Located in Old Town Pasadena, Knightsbridge Theatre, one of Los Angeles' many theaters, individualizes itself by offering a combination of classical and contemporary productions. Theatergoers can enjoy modernized plays, like Shakespeare redone as a hip-hopera, or the works of playwrights like George Bernard Shaw. The "Los Angeles Times" called this theater, originally a silent movie house, "The best little theater in Los Angeles."
Pacific Asia Museum
For those who seek out art and culture, the Pacific Asia Museum offers collections of Edo-period paintings and drawings, Chinese ceramics, Buddhist art and a jade collection. The museum offers tours and classes, including yoga, Tai Chi, Chinese brush painting and haiku. Special events range from seasonal festivals to concerts.
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater appeals to children and adults alike. The theater has a collection of more than 3,000 puppets, and the theater's owner worked as a consultant for Disney and has staged marionette performances around the world. The theater features constantly changing productions, and attendees are treated to complimentary vegan ice cream.
Whether visitors enjoy astronomy or want a better look at the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park, built in 1935, offers live shows in the planetarium and talks, demonstrations and presentations in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. In addition to the Zeiss telescope at the heart of the observatory, a variety of smaller telescopes are available for public use.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
From seals to sheep, meerkats to macaws, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens offers animal lovers of all ages a chance to observe their favorite creatures, either in their habitats or in the interactive Muriel's Ranch. The Children's Zoo offers close-ups with animals and their handlers three times a day, and for the hungry, the zoo offers eight animal-themed eateries.