South Pasadena is renowned for being an especially family-friendly locale. Our award-winning schools are a reason alone that many families wish to call SP home. Beyond the incredible public education, the parks, the vast Arroyo Seco filled with youth sports teams, there are also a number of businesses that go the extra mile to be kid-friendly! Here are a few of them:
A true local landmark since 1915. You simply cannot miss the iconic sign at the corner of Fair Oaks and Mission — it is almost like the unofficial welcome into South Pas. From the nostalgic toys, to the Instagram-worthy candy selection, to the inevitable banana split or classic soda fountain treat that you’ll enjoy after shopping, this blast from the past is every child’s favorite after school stop.
“Located in the heart of South Pasadena, California, this charming establishment has been serving the community since 1915. From aiding our small town of citizens to being a well known attraction along the famous “Route 66”, the Fair Oaks Pharmacy is a place for all to enjoy. For ages, the Soda Fountain has been run by young individuals, gaining genuine experience from their first job, bettering themselves to help serve the community in an honest and authentic manner. Our commitment is to continue to inspire and build a younger generation of leaders who can guide the community into a better tomorrow.”
1526 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-1414 – call for hours and updates!
This toy store extraordinaire has been featured in Forbes, Los Angeles Magazine, L.A. Parent, and many more, and for good reason: the selection is unaparalleled and the owner and staff couldn’t be friendlier. To the LA Times, Actor Malcolm McDowell proclaimed “The Dinosaur Farm is the best toy store in the world.” The Dinosaur Farm store is simply a local treasure and a must-visit.
“The Dinosaur Farm is a specialty toy and book store in South Pasadena, California, that takes great pride in calling itself “not your ordinary toy store.” While we offer the staples you’d expect to find in an educational toy store (Can you say “Thomas the Tank Engine”?), we also offer unusual things that make a visit to The Dinosaur Farm a bit different than most toy stores.”
1510 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Tuesday- Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5, Closed Mondays
Since 2012, Kidd’s Jewelry Heist – the original jewelry making parlor – has been offering a truly unique and memorable experience for kids and parents alike. Private treasure hunts are the latest innovative treat dreamed up by Owner, Kelly Kidd. For $40 per child, private groups can adventure through a 10 clue game with a treasure (pendant) payout that begins a magical necklace building experience. Adult versions are also available!
“The Jewelry Heist merges entertainment and jewelry making with its carefully curated 1930’s style set and lighting design. Upon setting foot in the door, guests, walk-in’s or party goers are invited to become treasure hunters and star designers by searching through weathered, world traveled trunks, luggage and bins and creating their own one of a kind loot.
The Jewelry Heist is world famous for their birthday parties and have received notable fame being featured in the Los Angeles Times and on the globally followed BLIPPI show on YouTube.”
This reimagined South Pas sandwich institution has an innovative kid’s menu that your little ones will actually get excited for! From the Unicorn Sandwich to the “I Like To Pick” lunch, Munch offers fun options for even the pickiest of eaters.
“We’re proud to offer the highest quality, most unique sandwiches on the market today. From our family to yours, we put lots of love and careful attention in each item. We hope you enjoy our work as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.”
1028 Mission Street
South Pasadena, California 91030
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm