Kids in the know kick it at Malibu Country Mart’s playground, an oasis of sand and grass. Keep your eyes peeled for celeb moms such as Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani, and the Kardashian sisters in casual ponytails and minimal makeup chasing after their well-heeled tots. Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu (310-456-7300 or facebook.com).
Mini trains carry passengers through sites such as Old Western Town and along the Los Angeles River in East L.A.’s historic (and surprisingly lush) Griffith Park. Let them hop aboard more than once, since rides cost just a few dollars. Griffith Park
A (three-year) Q journal for your kid. I love the idea of sitting down to "interview" your kiddo every day. It's important to give them moments when they feel like the most important person in the room!