The Grove for kids

The Grove is a perfect example of “If you build it, they will come.” In the late 1990s, it was a dusty lot next to the Third and Fairfax farmer’s market. Today, it’s a shrine to 21st century excess with a Nordstrom, American Girl, Apple Store, and movie theater that charges $12 a head. But I have to admit, it’s a great place to bring small kids. The parking is easy (if you time it right and avoid the garage) and there’s a fountain in the central courtyard that “performs” a la Disney’s Fantasia to Frank Sinatra tunes. Every Thursday there’s an event geared to kids on the velvety green lawn: a concert, e.g., or a petting zoo. We caught a concert there last week and it was fun, though very, very crowded. Lots of $900 strollers and $200 haircuts.

Thankfully, they left the old farmer’s market standing when they built the mall. My favorite part of the excursion was sitting there at an outdoor table with Jack eating pizza and Caesar salad from Patsy D’Amore’s stand. It serves the best pizza in L.A. if you ask me.

Then we grabbed an apple fritter from Bob’s Doughnuts, got our parking validation stamped, and headed home. Will we be back? Likely, but not anytime soon.

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