With the approach of summer nearly upon us, there is no need for parents to dread the ensuing months. In fact, there is a long list of family friendly hotspots in and around the LA area that can be ideal places for fun, education, and exploration with kids.

So, where should you begin?

One good place to start is at the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre. This long standing LA tradition has been in operation for more than 50 years. Now known as the oldest ongoing puppet theatre in the United States, there is a wide range of topics that you can choose from.

If your kids are into adventure, as well as possibly learning a thing or two, there is also a long list of exhibits to be seen and experienced at the California Science Center. You can check out numerous attractions, including a real NASA shuttle. Or, for a show that will literally put your in its midst, there is the famed IMAX theatre.

Prefer more of an outdoorsy event? Then be sure that you head over to Descanso Gardens. Here you will find plenty of space amidst trees, flowers, and even some lily ponds, for the kids to roam. The Gardens also have story time every day, as well as summertime concerts for the whole family to enjoy.