Even in laid-back Los Angeles, stress can take a toll on your family, so make time to unwind and bond with your brood at the Getty Villa. Set in a beautiful Pacific Palisades location overlooking the ocean, this renowned museum of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art is the perfect family day activity. Turn off your phone and breathe deeply as you take in the intoxicating aromas of gardens bursting with lavender, English mint, and damask rose. Watch the kids perfect their storytelling skills at the Family Forum Gallery, which features dramatic props for casting shadows onto a screen, then create your own myths and legends as you stroll around an inspiring 220-foot long reflecting pool. Your guide on the Art Odyssey tour will regale you with tales of ancient gods and goddesses, and your kids will love the wall murals featuring exotic animals, lizards, and birds. After you’ve explored the numerous galleries and exhibitions–the Villa boasts 44,000 antiquities–grab lunch at the cafe, or unpack your picnic and relax among lush sycamores and blue chimney bellflowers.