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Twelve Burbank Places to Take Your Kids on Spring Break

Spring Break is around the corner for Burbank Unified School District which means 9 full days of keeping those little ones busy.  If you’re looking for something local to do during March 16-24, here are 12 places to take your kids while staying in Burbank.

1.      Pickwick Ice 

Pickwick Ice Center (Photo By Ross A. Benson

Pickwick Ice is the perfect place for kids of all ages.  General admission is just $10 a person and children 3 and under are free. At the rink, you can rent a bobby which are those cute blue seals that kids can push or sit on to help them around the rink. For public session, hours check their website.

Pickwick Ice 1001 Riverside Dr. Burbank, CA 91506 818-845-5300

2. Pickwick Bowl

Bowlers of all ages will have a blast at Pickwick Bowl with their recently updated scoring system, L.C.D. monitors, and amazing graphics.  Bumpers and dragon ramps are available for your little bowlers and games start at just $5/person.

Pickwick Bowl 921 Riverside Dr. Burbank, CA 91506 818-845-5300

3. Racers Edge Karting

Have a need for speed? Riders above 50 inches can speed around in this indoor karting facility right in the heart of Burbank.  Zip and zoom around the fun and challenging track which is set for all skill levels, and walk away with your very own customized race results.

Racers Edge Karting  960 Chestnut St. Burbank, CA 91506 818-861-7223

4. Stough Canyon Nature Center

Enjoy a day outdoors hiking Stough Canyon and visiting Burbank’s very own nature center.  Tucked away in the Verdugo mountains you’ll find the Stough Canyon Nature Center filled with hands-on tools for learning about wildlife and life sciences. Explore rocks with a magnifying glass, peek into the habitat of some real-life reptiles, and study the species of animals found right here in our very own mountains.

Stough Canyon Nature Center 2300 Walnut Ave Burbank, CA 91501 818-238-5440

5. Gorilla Art

Create and craft your little hearts out at this drop-in art studio right here in Burbank. Filled with supplies and crafting material, Gorilla Art is a great place to spark your little one’s imagination and let them experiment with new textures and ideas. The possibilities are endless.

Gorilla Art  1719 W Verdugo Ave  Burbank, CA 91502 818-861-7525

6. Prestige Kids Spa

Gather the girls and head over to Prestige Kids Spa for a mini spa party! Parties of 4 kids from ages 3-10 can enjoy an hour and a half of pampering with a mini mani and pedi, face mask, bow updo, glitter makeup, gemstone bracelet, and a lemonade toast. For more kids, check out their other spa party packages.

Prestige Kids Spa  4100 W Magnolia Blvd Burbank, CA 91505  818-277-2605

7. AMC Theatre

Burbank is home to not one, not two, but three AMC theaters.  During Spring break is a great time to catch up on some new releases like Captain Marvel, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and The Lego Movie: The Second Part.  Fortunately, all three locations are home to a MacGuffins Bar so parents can enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, beer, and wine during the show.

AMC Burbank 16   125 E Palm Ave  (818) 953-2932

AMC Burbank Town Center 8 Burbank Town Center  201 E Magnolia Blvd #345  (818) 563-4901

AMC Burbank Town Center 6  Burbank Town Center 770 N 1st St  (818) 562-1401

8. WB Studio Tour

Experience where Hollywood is made during a 3-hour behind-the-scenes studio tour of WB studios.  Kids as young as 8 years old can enjoy the tour with their parents where you’ll visit backlots and soundstages, explore the DC Universe exhibit, enter the Batcave: Batmobile collection, and so much more. Tickets for SoCal residents start at $54. 

WB Studio Tour 3400 Warner Blvd.  Burbank, CA 91505 (818) 977-8687

9. Martial Arts History Museum

Dive into the educational, cultural, and artistic experience of martial arts in many different countries at the Martial Arts History Museum, located in the Magnolia Park district of Burbank.  Learn how martial arts played a role in history and traditions as well as in films and television and check out these amazing weapons and tools up close and in person.

Martial Arts History Museum  2319 W Magnolia Blvd  Burbank, CA 91506 (818) 478-1722

10. Verdigo Boulders

With over 15-foot high bouldering walls and 7000 square feet of climbing terrain, Verdigo Boulders is Burbank’s new climbing gym for both kids and adults alike. Stretch, maneuver, and problem solve multiple courses all while burning off that Spring Break energy. 

Verdigo Boulders 266 E Magnolia Blvd Burbank, CA 91502 (818) 962-2377

11. Color Me Mine

Stamp, stencil, sponge, trace, or tape! No matter what technique you use, you’ll be walking out of Color Me Mine with a masterpiece.  This ceramic painting studio gives kids the chance to create anything from plates and mugs to piggy banks and keepsake boxes.

Color Me Mine 100 N San Fernando Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502 (818) 566-9990

12. Burbank Certified Farmers Market

Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy buying some fresh berries. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

End the week of Spring break fun with Burbank’s very own farmers market, which is held every Saturday from 8:00am-12: 30 pm in the parking lot at Olive & Glenoaks. Enjoy food from local farms in Southern California from award-winning organic olive oil to hydroponic herbs.  Kids will love sampling some of the healthiest food in town.

Burbank Farmers Market 101 N Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank, CA 91501 (818) 847-4774

Youth Hockey- Golden Bears Headed for Extinction; Puck Passed to Burbank Rangers

By Steve Knez
BurbankNBeyond Staff Writer

Sergei Klyazmin has his hands full. As the newly appointed president of the California Golden Bears youth hockey club, the former professional hockey player is determined to revamp and revitalize ice hockey in the city of Burbank.

“I saw an opportunity to build an organization from scratch,” said Klyazmin, who was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL in 2000. “I have a plan to make this club one of the largest youth hockey programs [in Southern California] in the next two to three years.”

The Golden Bears, established in 1964 and operating out of Pickwick Ice Arena in Burbank, is one of the oldest youth hockey clubs in Southern California. They currently have 104 kids in the program (ages five-18) in eight different divisions. However, due to the weak economy and a stagnant program, the non-profit organization was facing extinction a few years ago. Klyazmin’s plan for renovation starts with greater identification with the city of Burbank.

Youth hockey in Burbank will be revitalized with the Burbank Rangers (logo courtesy of the Burbank Rangers)

In March, 2013, the California Golden Bears will become known as the Burbank Rangers. The facelift will include a new logo, a fancy user-friendly website and a line of merchandise determined to bridge the promotional gap between hockey and the city of Burbank.

Klyazmin is excited about the change.

“Obviously, we play in California but we needed a better way to identify with the city of Burbank,” he said. “Adding Burbank to the name will bring more pride and exposure to the program.” 

Klyazmin took over as president of the club just five days before tryouts of the current season. Therefore, the name change will have to wait until the winter season is over in a few months. In the meantime, Klyazmin and the new board of directors are getting their ducks in order.

It’s no secret that the foundation of any youth sports program starts with the youngest players. The newcomers to the sport are the lifeblood of any program and part two of Klyazmin’s plan is to offer reduced rates to these young upstarts. Since hockey at the club level is not the cheapest sport in town –ice fees are approximately five times the amount of renting a local baseball field- the reduced rates will help develop interest in the sport at a very young age.

The goal is to make the game more affordable at the introductory level so the Burbank Rangers will increase their fundraising efforts in order to offer the best starting rates of any of the major local hockey clubs.

“If a child has dreams of playing in the NHL, then he needs to start dreaming at a very young age,” added Klyazmin, who was bitten by the injury bug before making his own NHL dream come true. “Affordable rates are important to building the program from the bottom up. We want as many young children as possible. We are going to feed the organization from the youngest age groups.”

Kylazmin also believes that a strong coaching staff will go a long way in attracting and maintaining players. The revamped program will offer several incentives to professional coaches including personal training opportunities, good playing conditions and fair treatment.

Experienced coaches with professional backgrounds will help make the Burbank Rangers one of the most desired hockey clubs within a 50 mile radius. Kylazmin himself commutes from Marina Del Rey.

The coveted Stanley Cup, the crown jewel of professional hockey, made an appearance at Pickwick last month during a tour of Southern California ice rinks. It remains to be seen if the recent success of the champion Los Angeles Kings will increase the popularity of the sport in Southern California the way the women’s World Cup did for the sport of soccer in America in 1999.

However, Kylazmin and the Burbank Rangers hockey club have a plan in place to boost the popularity of the sport in the city of Burbank and its neighboring cities. The Golden Bears will be extinct soon but the Rangers are headed for a breakaway. Hockey in the city of Burbank will never be the same.