Parts of Venice may have gotten fancy. But the neighborhood’s artsy, hippie side is still very much intact - in the people, the colorful murals on the sides of buildings and even residences, and most certainly on the famous Venice Boardwalk. Kids and adults alike find Venice easy to love. Here are 12 of the many reasons it’s one of the most desirable places for families to visit and live in Southern California.
XLanes has been likened to a Chuck E. Cheese for adults. Though it should be noted that kids are welcome except Friday and Saturday evenings, which are adults only. The sprawling, modern facility, which feels like it would be at home in Vegas—you can, after all, order a ribeye lane side—has so many extras. Arcade with prize redemptions? Check. Restaurant? Check. Billiard tables? Check? Karaoke rooms? Check. Virtual dart machines that allow you to compete with players around the world? You already know the answer. As far as the bowling goes, they have 30 lanes. Three VIP rooms offer private party guests a more intimate environment. The smallest accommodates 30 guests with four lanes, the largest 50 people with six lanes. Note that XLanes has a dress code. But it’s pretty standard stuff - leave your chains at home.
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Aqua Surf School began in Santa Monica with the goal to educate and inspire its students to live happier and healthier lives through surfing. “As a business, we take into consideration how can we help the most people and make the healthiest impact on this earth,” says King. “We partner with companies like Heal the Bay and the Police Activity League, offering free surf lessons for people to build positive lifestyles, promote ocean safety and environmental awareness.”