Burbank & Pasadena Shopping and nearby, including Americana at Brand, Burbank Town Center, Downtown Burbank, Glendale Galleria, Old Town Pasadena, Paseo Colorado. (Related: see Shopping Tours below)
Descanso Gardens - a 160-acre public garden located twenty minutes from downtown Los Angeles in La Canada/Flintridge [northern San Fernando Valley].
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden - Good for days when you're hoping for a slow pace, this large and attractive arboretum boasts beautiful plants and trees but your children will probably remember the ducks and peacocks that make their home here. (Don't let them chase the peacocks; they can get nasty.) Strollers are highly visible here as parents push their toddlers and pre-schoolers down wide paths and through acres of greenery. There's also a lake, a cafe, and a few historic houses. (If you're old enough to remember the 1970s-80s television show Fantasy Island, you'll recognize one of the structures - the Queen Anne mansion - from the opening scenes of the show.) It's best to visit the arboretum and gardens in the cooler weather or in the early morning as there is little shade.
Museums in Pasadena and nearby, including Norton Simon, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, The Huntington and more.