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Castle Park Mini Golf
Castle Park, a miniature golf course and arcade in Sherman Oaks. The fact that it is right off the freeway and quite affordable family fun makes this a new lawithkids choice...
Here is the 411 on Castle Park:
The address is 4989 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks just north of the 101 freeway.
They are open Mon-Thurs. from 10 am-11 pm, Fri 10 am-12 am, Sat 9 am -12 am and Sun 9 am -11 pm. The hours change in the summer and on winter and spring break so call ahead.
As for admission cost: miniature golf costs $ 6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 12 and under and seniors. Your best bet is to go on a weekend because between 9 and 10:30 in the morning it's only $3.00.
The arcade doesn't have an entrance fee but of course you'll have to pay about 50 cents per game and some games cost a little more.
In addition to the golf and games, there is also an eating area with an extensive menu and batting cages which are very popular. The cages cost $3.00 for 30 pitches, $24 for 30 minutes and $42 fr an hour.
One thing to note right at the top here: Castle Park is a city-run park and part of LA parks and recs. This is not a private facility and yet still maintains cleanliness!
When we first got there we paid for golf and got two small clubs for Madison and Logan and two bigger clubs. They give you tokens to get the balls which was fun for M and L because the balls are stored in gumball machines and are grouped by color. So right away they were smiling and excited about picking out their ball color.
The park has three courses to choose from. We went with Course 1 and took off. While I would say your children would probably not be too interested in playing golf and keeping score until at least 4 or 5, my two year olds had a blast. We tried to show them how the game was played and how to putt. but they ended up walking and the putting their balls into the holes. Very cute memory for me! They did enjoy watching me play and I think when we go back they might want to try actually playing. The courses look very well kept up and the turf seemed very new to me. There are a multitude of water features including waterfalls, colored water and water fountains. This will definitely be a hit if you have babies or toddlers and even if not, it lends a very nice atmosphere to what could just be garish and cartoonish.
Our favorite holes by far are the ones where you hit the all in front of a house on a hill and then it tumbles through a tunnel and lands on a small course below. There are many of these and my kids wanted to do these holes over and over. It wasn't that crowded the day we went so they were able to perform this activity to their hearts content.
When I was younger I attended a few birthday parties at Castle Park and you can still plan birthday parties there now. Just before the courses there is a gazebo with round picnic benches. There are two different packages, one for $10.95 per person and the other for $13.95 per person and the minimum for each is 10 guests. The packages include lunch, golf, game tokens for the arcade and setup.
After we finished golfing we went inside and played a few games. There are classics like Ps. Pacman but also new games and skeeball. Each token is 25 cents and the games vary in price. The games give out tickets for prizes that can be redeemed such as erasers, bracelets and toys. Madison and Logan liked the motorcycle racer and skeeball and loved holding all the tickets.
The lunch offerings are our usual burgers, fries, pizza and hot dogs, but they also have salads and sandwiches and while not great, it was nice to be able to sit down right there and not get i the car and hunt for a restaurant.