A new and healthy way to explore Los Angeles is by participating in CicLAvia this Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than seven miles of streets between Boyle Heights and East Hollywood will be closed to vehicles so people can “walk, skate, play and ride a bike.”
CicLAvia encourages everyone to be more active, and brings attention to the many landmarks, businesses and activities people may miss while traveling by car.
CicLAvia is fun for all ages: More than 50 percent of last year’s participants were 10 and under.
Still curious? Here are 10 easy ways to make the CicLAvia experience fun, interactive and educational for the whole family:
1) Get Outside – CicLAvia is all about being active outside. You can explore local neighborhoods any way you like: by foot, on a bike, scooter, skateboard, roller skates, or even pogo stick. Don’t own anything with wheels? Borrow one from a neighbor, or check out Neighborgoods to trade with others.
2) Get Sporty – Set up your favorite sports match! Parks and areas all over will be open for games of soccer, T-ball, dodgeball or even hopscotch. You can even get creative and make up your own (grab some brooms and a tennis ball for a hockey match or have a jump rope race down the street). Find a family nearby and ask them to join in on the fun!
3) Explore Nature – Along the CicLAvia route, you’ll find plenty of parks, including Hollenbeck, Shatto and MacArthur. Take some time out from your running, biking and hopscotching to explore the various flowers, trees and animals that surround each one. Hollenbeck also has a lake that’s home to many ducks, cranes and other bird species. See how many different ones you can find!
4) Discover Downtown – Many of the buildings in Downtown L.A. have years of history behind them: Check out the Eastern-influenced architecture in Little Tokyo and Chinatown or step into the forest-like atmosphere at Clifton’s Cafeteria, serving Los Angelenos since 1931. City Hall was made with sand from every California county and water from the well of every California mission. Many other structures have quotes, faces or other gargoyles worked into the architecture. Can you spot them all?
5) Get Cultured – Bet you didn’t realize that a seven- mile stretch of road could include so many cultural neighborhoods.The CicLAvia route incorporates Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Salvadorean, Bangladeshi, Armenian communities, just to name a few. Notice the difference in street art, architecture and food choices in each neighborhood – and then stop in various local businesses to find out more.
6) Try New Foods – One of the best ways to learn about a new culture is through their food, and the options for exploring are endless along the CicLAvia route. Chew on mochi in Little Tokyo, pupusas along East Beverly or bibimbap in Koreatown. Sip on bubble tea in Chinatown or aguas frescas (fresh juices) in Boyle Heights. Walk through neighborhood markets and see if you can find new and different fruits or spices. You may discover something you like!
7) Get Artsy – The CicLAvia route includes museums like the Japanese American National Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and great local galleries in the Arts District — but some of the best art is on the street! Look for painted murals on local buildings, tiled art in Metro stations and unique sculptures around Downtown. CicLAvia’s site has a great guide here or see if you can find your own favorites.
8) Make Your Own Art –
CicLAvia encourages sidewalk chalk art! Break out the bucket and use the street as your canvas. CicLAvia has requested the sidewalk chalk be left at home this year, but there are plenty of other options: break out the camera and take memorable photos along the route, find rocks and leaves with unique shapes, or turn colorful fruit from a local vendor into art on a plate.
9) Go on a Scavenger Hunt – Create a scavenger hunt or bingo game with potential items along the route (i.e. – a bike bell, a red ball, a duck, something that starts with a “Z”). Find a fun and interesting treat for the winner. (Download our CicLAvia themed bingo cards HERE)
10) Chill Out – After you’ve finished your exploring, take a break in the shade and talk about everything you discovered throughout the day. Did you find a favorite new food or business? Did you make up a new game? Did you meet new friends? And most of all, would you do it again? We’re guessing he answer will be “yes.”