Only in Los Angeles can a family outing so seemingly one-dimensional as an afternoon of shopping turn out to be a multi-faceted wealth of activity for your whole family. Before shopping at the Grove, spend a few minutes taking some family photos at the dancing fountain, an aquatic symphony of dancing streams (reaching heights of 60 feet!) perfectly synchronized to a number of classic songs. You’ll no doubt be joined by throngs of other shoppers, equally captivated, doing the same thing. Hop on the trolley for a leisurely stroll around the mall — your kids will be thrilled by the novelty ride, while you’ll just appreciate the opportunity to take a load off while being chauffeured around. If the kids’ hunger pangs set in, take the trolley all the way to the Farmer’s Market where even the finickiest of kid eaters can find something to their liking. Make an effort to visit the Grove around Christmas time; with a huge Christmas tree at the mall’s center and artificial snow everywhere, this is might be the kids’ only chance to see a white Christmas in LA!