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Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market
The Beverly Hills' Farmers Market is located right next to the City Hall and it takes place each Sunday from 9 am-1 pm rain or shine. The address is the 9300 block of Civic Center Dr. and there is ample parking available at the Beverly Hills City Hall and library multi-level parking structure. Parking is free for the first two hours. We went on a special event day, called Pie-esta, and had a good time participating in the family activities, sampling the produce and prepared foods and chatting with the farmers that drive in from all over California.
The Piesta event which inspired us to visit to the Beverly Hills Farmer's market for the first times, is an annual event which features homemade pies that are judged for a cash prize. The activities that day included a juggler, a kids contest with an obstacle course, a kids pie-eating contest and two kids art projects. We started off by going to the tent with the kids art projects. The first one was molding play dough into a small pie dish and then putting little pretend toppings on to make a pie.
Logan enjoyed rolling out the dough with the rolling pin and then figuring out how to get it into the round shape of the pie dish. After they finished, they went over to the other project which was making another pretend pie, but this time edible. They were each given a small round pie dish with a prepared crust inside. Then they could put chocolate syrup, whipped cream and sprinkles on top and they of course enjoyed creating and eating this project as well. We sat down in the rows of seats in front of the stage to watch the juggler for a while and then headed down the block-long display of various farmers and vendors.
We all loved sampling the fresh fruit, especially the nectarines, berries, strawberries, apples and oranges. Logan and Madison wanted to know what each fruit and vegetable was if they didn't already know and they also got to ask the farmers where they came from and learned about different farming areas within California. All of the farmers and vendors we spoke to were really friendly and sweet to the kids. Madison and Logan also loved the flower vendors and spent a long time finding out which flowers smelled the best or had the most interesting or beautiful appearance. They then picked out were their favorites, primarily based on smell..
In addition to the farmers, the market also features a crepe maker for a quick breakfast, Mexican food, middle eastern food and more. There were a couple of tables and also I saw people eating the food on their laps in the chairs set up in front of the stage. While we have been to many other farmer's markets, what made this one stand out was the fact that it had an excellent and free parking situation. On the second Sunday of each month the farmer's market hosts Cookin' Kids where the children are introduced to fresh fruits and vegetables based on what’s in season. They are be able to taste the featured item of the month, learn about its health benefits, meet the farmer and get recipes that they can easily prepare at home.
The Farmers Market has a Kids Zone on the second Sunday of each month which features pony rides and a petting zoo. Unfortunately the cost for both were high given the experience: $5 for the pony ride that included only one lap on a small cemented course and $4 for the petting zoo which was also very small and cramped. When you have two kids or more this really adds up, especially when you don't see much value in the investment. All in all, the farmer's market was a lot of fun and we would definitely return. Unlike many other farmer's markets in Los Angeles, the parking was free and close to the market which makes this market very attractive for those, like us, who do not live in Beverly Hills.
After the Farmer's Market we drove a few miles up Crescent to Beverly and let the kids run around at Coldwater Canyon Park. The park is located at 1100 N Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. There is no parking lot, but we had no problem finding ample, free street parking. It has a pretty water feature with streams cascading down rocks and a gated play area with two structures, sand, a few swings and a children's amphitheater. This park also has a preschool program during the week and in the same structure there were clean bathrooms. I saw kids of all ages enjoying the park here and it has pretty views of the surrounding canyons.
Other activities to try when you are in Beverly Hills include the library, also located next to City hall which is open 7 days of the week, as opposed to Los Angeles libraries which unfortunately just recently been cut down to just 5 days each week. The Beverly Hills library has a great exhibit on the history of their community with many photographs, architectural plans, maps and government documents. There is also the famous Greystone Mansion and park located at 501 Doheny Rd. in Beverly Hills with tours and monthly concerts. At the time it was built, in 1928, Greystone was the largest family estate built in the history of Beverly Hills. Visitors can walk around the two public areas on the grounds—the beautiful formal gardens with their centerpiece fountain, and the pool and inner courtyard area. On Sunday August 1st, your family can some and see Shakespeare in the Park at Greystone. This year they traveling company will perform Romeo and Juliet. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.
Another great way to see more of Beverly Hills is the trolley. Every Saturday on Sunday you can hop on a 40 minute narrated tour of art, architecture, historical and renowned areas of the City, including Rodeo Drive. In the summer and during the holiday season, there are also tours Tues., Wed. Thursday and Friday. All trolley tours depart on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southeast corner of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased from trolley docent on a first-come, first-served basis.
We had a lot of fun in Beverly Hills and look forward to exploring more of the area in the future.
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