Los Angeles on the Cheap

Malibu Wines
Malibu Wines is a getaway within Los Angeles. You will feel like you went to wine country. They have top-notch wine tastings and the location is beautiful. I went on a rainy day and still loved to look out on the mountains. Flights run for either $12 or $14, and enjoy a picnic. 31740 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu; 818.865.0605

Griffith Observatory
We have all hit the hiking trails of this park, but you have to join in the star-gazing activities at the observatory. It’s free to enter and they hold Public Star Parties, a monthly gathering where astronomers explain how to use telescopes and give you the 411 on the stars above. For just $7 (or $5 for students with IDs), you can join in the space shows at Samuel Oschin Planetarium. 4730 Crystal Springs Dr.; 323.913.4688

Landmark Theatres
Movie nights are very seriously in this town. Here, you an find foreign films, cult classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or biography screenings. Join their film club so you are up on the new releases, free screenings, and much more. 10850 W Pico Blvd.; 310.470.0492

Golf N’ Stuff
Be a kid again with pinball, go-karts ($6.25), bumper cars ($6.25), and mini-golf ($8.50) that has castles and moats. Season specials are $18 for two hours of unlimited fun. 10555 Firestone Blvd, Norwalk; 562.868.9956

Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre L.A.
Bring on the laughter with this improv sketch and stand-up comedy hot spot. Shows go on every night of the week. Donald Glover has an ongoing Sunday night show called Shitty Jobs, and some amazing funny people (like The Office‘s B.J. Novak, Saturday Night Live‘s Jason Sudeikis and Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen) have been known to sneak in a surprise performance or two. $5; 5919 Franklin Ave.; 323.908.8702

Bike Curious Rentals
If you don’t have your own bike. Get to Martone Cycling Co. for a courtesy ride. If you can’t commit, rent some wheels for a couple hours and cruise around the beach. $6/hour; 34 Windward Ave., Venice; 310.396.1166

Diddy Riese Cookies
This Westwood sweet staple will cure anyones sweet tooth and not break the bank. This dessert is $1.75 a piece. You pick two freshly-baked cookies and one generous scoop of ice cream to create your own ice-cream sandwich. 926 Broxton Ave.; 310.208.0448

Moonlight Rollerway
Go old school and head to this 80s retro roller rink. Groove out with old-school tunes. Moonlight Rollerway is also home to a Roller Derby league. $14.50; 5110 San Fernando Rd., Gelndale; 818.241.3630 

Runyon Canyon Yoga
Clear your mind, body, and soul after a long hike in a beautiful setting. Runyon Canyon’s yoga sessions are outdoors and taught by amazing yoga teachers. Free, though donations are always welcome; 10 am & 2 pm, daily; 2001 N Fuller Ave.

Free Music At The Satellite And Bootleg Theater
Enjoy some free entertainment every Monday night at The Satellite and Bootleg Theater. In a city that thrives on entertainment, you wont be disappointed. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323.661.4380. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd.; 213.389.3856 

Start your morning by attending CreativeMornings, a free monthly lecture series for creative minds. Plus, breakfast is included! The guest lectures will get the creative juices flowing. Past speakers include L.A.-based designer Clare Vivier and graphic designer Joe Stewart. There is also a discussion after. Seats go super quick, so reserve your spot here! These events end by 10 am so the rest of the day your mind will be over flowing. Location varies.

Norton Simon Museum
Make a trip to Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum and check out their collections of Asian, modem and contemporary art as well as the sculpture garden. Admission is only $10, and the museum waives all costs for visitors the first Friday of every month, from 6-9 pm; 11 W Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; 626.449.6840



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