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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Experiencing L.A. at the Hollywood Bowl - with Kids

How can anyone say they're experienced Los Angeles without spending an evening at the Hollywood Bowl?

With the summer concert season just starting, why not make plans to attend?

Back in 2003, almost exactly nine years ago, my wife and I decided to take the plunge. Along with my in-laws, we brought our three "bigger" kids (at the time, ages 3, 4, and 5) to a family-friendly Sesame Street themed concert at the Hollywood Bowl. 

We were way up in the nose-bleed section. I think our tickets were something like $7 each. Cheaper than a movie. 

I don't remember much about the concert except that Big Bird made an appearance and there was a lot of music our kids were familiar with. It was fun, I'm glad we did it. 

And fireworks. There were fireworks at the end. That was fun. It was a couple days before the 4th of July, so very appropriate. Our kids liked it. 

The grand finale - or something like that. Great way to kick off the 4th of July, L.A. style. 

Apparently this year, Barry Manilow, rather than the Sesame Street gang, will be there July 2nd-4th. Hmmm, maybe not quite as kid friendly. 

However, July 6-7, the Hollywood Bowl will be hositng a live version of the BBC/Discovery Channel's "Frozen Planet "on the big screen with live orchestra accompaniment by the L.A. Philharmonic. (Here's a link - thanks to Andy at the Hollywood Bowl for this information.)

Our five years actually living in Los Angeles, aside from a very meaningful Easter Sunday service we attended there, we only made it back to the Hollywood Bowl once - for the Sound of Music sing-a-long (the links are to previous posts on this blog, with more information). 

I kept thinking, "we should go back" - but we didn't, and then we moved. Our loss. 

View Hollywood Bowl in a larger map

It's an amazing venue, definitely part of experiencing L.A. 

Here's a link to the Hollywood Bowl's website. 

© 2012


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