Things to Do

USC Pacific Asia Museum

The USC Pacific Asia Museum was founded in 1971 in order to further intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Thanks to generous community support, the museum has been able to assemble a collection of more than 15,000 objects. The museum offers exhibits — bother permanent and temporary — along with presentations, lectures, performances, festivals and workshops. The museum has also produced more than 50 exhibition catalogs. The USC Pacific Asia Museum is a great place for the family to explore culture and the arts, all while having a great time. 

Kidspace Children’s Museum

The Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 North Arroyo Blvd. in Pasadena and offers a variety of exhibits that will inspire and captivate children of all ages. The Robert & Mary Galvin Physics Forest provides 13 hands -on exhibits including a bottle rocket, sun spotter and more. The Digging Deeper Exhibit Gallery consists of Flutterby’s Art Center, The Dig, Climbing Towers, Bug Inn & Darkroom, The Water Vortex and the Nature Exchange. The Kidspace Children’s Museum is also home to the S. Mark Taper Foundation Early Childhood Learning Center which is specifically designed for children aged newborn to age 3. The center offers music time, wonder box exploration, story time, early learner programs and parenting workshops. Other exhibits include the Imagination Workshop, Kidspace Gardens and outdoor play areas and exhibits. 

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis-Brown House

Located at 2607 Glendower Avenue in Los Feliz, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis-Brown house has been featured in a variety of films over the years, including Blade Runner. The home was completed by Wright in 1924 and is the largest of his four concrete-block houses in the LA region. The architecture is an example of the Mayan Revival style. The home is currently privately owned by Ron Burkle, but those who are interested can still observe the skilled architecture. 

A Noise Within Theater

A Noise Within offers a rotating repertoire of productions in order to educate, entertain and inspire the public. The theater’s goal is to offer an understanding and appreciation for the great classic productions and playwrights in addition to sparking interest and inspiration for the next generation of theatre artists. Plays performed in the past include Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Those going to enjoy a production can buy refreshments such as wine, coffee, candy and freshly baked goods from Poppy Cake Bakery. Nearby restaurants include Panda Inn, El Torito and Maison Akira, making it easy to enjoy dinner and a show. 

Arlington Garden

As Pasadena’s only dedicated public garden, the Arlington Garden offers a unique array of natural scenery for guests to enjoy. Arlington Garden is a popular location for families, students, artists, couples, individuals and photographers. Some things you can expect to see at the garden include a vernal pool, an Italian-style olive allee, succulent and cactus gardens, an orange grove, California sycamores, big cone spruces, rainbow manzanitas and so much more. The garden is also home to a variety of birds and animals.