Los Angeles - Oue SkyspaceSouthern California, often abbreviated as SoCal, is a vibrant cultural hub teeming with entertainment, arts, and sports venues. Unlike New York, where venues are clustered together, SoCal's attractions are more dispersed, making them a bit more challenging to locate.

In this series, I will feature articles highlighting major entertainment complexes, museums, fun centers, and shopping centers in the area. A valuable resource for discovering fun in SoCal is www.socalfunplaces.com. This website categorizes venues into sections like "Amphitheaters and Stadiums," "Drive-in Theaters," and "Family Entertainment."

Feel free to contribute your own articles about places you've visited or comment on existing articles.

Among my favorite spots are The Getty Center and the Getty Villa; Griffith Observatory and Planetarium; Hollywood Bowl; Honda Center; Spreckels Organ Outdoor Pavilion; Garden Walk; Balboa Park; Bowers Museum; Hollywood and Highland; and the California Science Center—just to name a few.