Perry’s Café & Rentals (end of Ocean Park) on 0529 2008

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One of eight Santa Monica and Venice locations renting bikes, blades, beach chairs, umbrellas, mats, boogie boards, volleyballs, storage lockers and more. KCRW members get a 15% discount. Private and corporate groups of all sizes accommodated. Plus, it’s playground and cafe-adjacent (actually, what isn’t around here?) in case the kids (or BF) throw a tantrum on the bike ride.

Perry’s Café & Rentals (end of Hollister Ave) on 0529 2008

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Concession stand fare plus generic re-recordings of classic rock and pop hits (played, I presume, to save on licensing fees).

Bravo Pizza on 0529 2008

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The full Dogtown Ink endorsement for this place. Or actually, for their pizza. Deliveries take a while, but patience is rewarded. I like the one with artichoke hearts and black olives—whole black olives.

Venice Boardwalk on 0529 2008

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When most people think of Venice, nowadays, it’s Ocean Front Walk — the boardwalk — they picture. A couple of miles of insanity, vanity and humanity with souvenir shops and tattoo parlors galore, street vendors and palm readers, more crazies than can shake sticks at you, sleaze, ocean breeze, street performers, nut jobs, tourists, posers…it’s all here, particularly on beautiful weekend days. Come prepared for a full immersion in life’s rich pageant. If you’re bringing a pygmy anaconda, please bring its sunblock. Actually, best to leave the pets at home unless you want to traumatize them for life.

Venice Branch L.A. Public Library on 0529 2008

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You may have to negotiate some wayward shopping carts on your way into this branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (especially on rainy days—the library roof has a nice overhang), but it will be worth it.

Out of the Closet on 0528 2008

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Venice location of great AIDS charity thrift store. Great stuff. Great cause. Tax deductible. Drive around back to drop off donations.

Oakwood Recreation Center on 0528 2008

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Good for the ‘wood, from jungle gyms and kiddy swings to sports fields with bright lights for night games.

Santa Monica Pier Playground on 0528 2008

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On the beach just south of the pier. The full compliment of playground paraphernalia: swings, climbing ropes, monkey bars, a padded deck…rings even. Nearby restrooms. Grassy gymnastics field. Definitely enough stuff to tire out your brood.

Chez Jay Restaurant on 0213 2008

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1657 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 395-1741
www.chezjays.com
Map
Owing to its close proximity to the Rand Corporation, not only can you get tanked at Chez Jay, you can get think-tanked.

Yoga Works on 0212 2008

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One person’s nivana is another’s sweat lodge. Yoga Works has long boasted some of the best and most popular yoga teachers in the Los Angeles area, including Vinnie Marino and Annie Carpenter. Once an indie neighborhood studio, Yoga Works, which offers classes in Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga in addition to its main, flow yoga classes, is now a budding yoga-factory empire. Ah, material world…

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