One of my favorite places to spend an afternoon with the family is The Americana at Brand. This is a gorgeous shopping center, which offers nice dining options and family events. The piped in music, upbeat atmosphere, and cleanliness remind me of Disneyland! (yes, I love Disneyland).
The Americana is perfect for families. Their calendar is always filled with wonderful FREE family friendly events. Make sure to check out their events calendar and don’t miss out on their weekly events such as Monday Morning Mommy Movies, Stroller strides and more!
One of the first things I scope out as a parent with a young child is the location of the bathrooms! The main restrooms are available in the concierge level of the parking structure located on the Central Ave side. Moms will be happy to know that there is a nice nursing/family area here. This is a quiet place if you you need to take a break with your baby.
You’ll usually find me shopping at H&M. They carry men and women’s fashions and this location also has a kid’s department. Your kids can look great in the latest styles and at reasonable prices. H&M always has a few items that are price at $4.95! The other shops at the Americana are higher-end (Tiffany & Co., Juicy Couture) so I usually window show at those locations. BTW, do you have a robot fan? Rolling Robots on Brand offers neat toys and you can even have your child’s birthday party there. We attended one and the kids played with remote robots and created a robot to take home.
There are plenty of places to eat at the Americana. The Granville is our staple lunch or dinner option. I highly recommend the Chipotle Chicken Club Sandwich. Delish! Make sure to add an order of the sweet potatoes fries. The food is fresh and they use hormone-free meats and cheeses. They also have a nice children’s menu. Our dinner favorite is the Cheesecake Factory. YUM! Always crowded but we’re usually seated within 20 minutes. Looking for dessert? Head to the newly opened LA Creamery Artisan Ice Cream shop. Take advantage of L.A. Creamery Kids Club Tuesdays! Every Tuesday Kids 5 years or younger enjoy $1 ice cream scoops and $2 sundaes on Tuesdays from 11am – 3pm. Sweet!
My daughter’s absolute favorite is the central water fountain. Stick around for the water show! Date nights, movies, Gigi’s Farmers Market (I love that they have a food truck here every week!), events and cool shops. There’s something for everyone at the Americana at Brand. Don’t forget to take a ride on the trolley. My daughter loves to hop on and off for a free ride around the Americana.
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