Home to the Rose Parade, Pasadena has always been a city of flowers, botanical gardens, great food, and fun. From lunches in Old Pasadena to treasure hunts at Rose Bowl Flea Market, there are so many awesome things to do here–so don’t be surprised to find yourself trapped in an escape room, or enjoying paint night with friends. Check out these picks for fun things to do in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley!
#1 – Shoot some arrows with Archery Division
Archery tag is a sweet mix of paintball and dodgeball—bows and arrows give you the control of paintball, but the foam tips make it less painful, like dodgeball! At Archery Division you can book a private game with your friends in your favorite park or field. It’s a great way to get outside, get a little exercise, and have fun too.
#2 – Master the classic dishes at Urban Kitchen
1009½ Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena
Urban Kitchen in South Pasadena specializes in seasonal home cooking that you can easily re-create in your own kitchen. They offer one of the most affordable classes in the area, at $70 for a hands-on cooking class (which includes dinner after). Learn how to make homemade pasta, how to season the perfect steak, or how to make a classic soufflé.
#3 – Get creative with Wine and Canvas
260 E Colorado Boulevard, Suite 223
At Wine and Canvas, you can pop by for paint night for $35 and learn, step-by-step, how to make your first masterpiece. The best part of the class, aside from the wine of course, is the socializing. There’s a spin-off series with cookie decorating for little ones, so this is a friendly place for the whole family.
#4 – Step up your cooking game at Saute Culinary Academy
150 E Colorado Boulevard, Monrovia
Put a spin on the classic dinner and a movie date by learning how to make something wonderful together instead. Date night cooking classes at Saute Culinary Academy have got you covered—here you can learn how to make Mediterranean, Thai, and Cuban cuisine, all while having a blast. All classes are between $65 and $75 and the menus are always exciting, exotic, and extra tasty.
#5 – Play laser tag at Ultrazone
231 E Main Street, Alhambra
Laser tag is a fun throwback activity to get up to with your friends on the weekend—or a different way to celebrate a birthday, bachelor, or bachelorette. At Ultrazone you can play one round of laser tag for $9, but because you’ll need more than one session, we recommend the All You Can Play weekend pass for $24.
#6 – Try the Harry Potter–themed escape room at Exit Game
111 N Atlantic Boulevard, Suite 148, Monterey Park
There’s a reason Exit Game is a favorite in Los Angeles County. For all you Potterheads out there, drop by to check out The School of Sorcery, their distinctly magical escape room. If you’re not a huge fan of Harry Potter, check out their other escape rooms, from The A.I. to The Lab, The Villain’s Lair, and a 007-themed room.
#7 – Hit the trampoline park at Sky Zone Trampoline Park
1314 N Azusa Avenue, Covina
This wall-to-wall trampoline park in Covina is a great place to let loose and blow off some steam. Got problems? It’s hard to be too worried about them when your bouncing on a trampoline. Get a one-hour jump pass for $16 or join a game of trampoline dodgeball.
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