My sister took her youngest son on a train ride halfway across the country. It's going to be a road trip that he will remember all his life, even if he never sets foot on a train again.
It's the middle of summer, and it's boring, boring, boring.
What can you do for the summer. Yeah, yeah, you can go to Universal, Disneyland, those amusement parks, but that's going to cost you at least $100 before it's all over.
There's the beach, the zoo, the water spouts in the Hollywood/Highland complex.
Here are some really truly great secrets that I've kept under my cap for a while, and I'll be you don't know some of them:
* The Nethercutt Museum. One of the best kept secrets in the San Fernando Valley, this has amazing cars, giant music boxes and more, all for free. Try to get on one of the free tours. (Check out the videos above under the photo gallery.)
* Old Zoo Grounds. Just behind the Los Angeles Zoo are the cages of the old zoo. It's a great secluded picnic area, and not far away is the horseback riding through the Griffith Park grounds. There's also music scheduled for most of the summer. Click here for the old zoo maps.
* e at A walk through the grounds, or checking out the recycling demonstrations and the water conservation educational sites are both fun and informative. Here's the summer calendar.
* . You want your kids to get some confidence? This is one of Ventura Boulevard's best-kept secrets.
* Baseball and Summer Camps at Beeman Park. There's always something to do at Beeman, but the sports camps are only now gearing up.
* . Lots of programs are going on all summer, including movies. Twilight is coming up. Click here for the schedule.
* Summer Sounds at the Hollywood Bowl is a lot of fun.
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