A visit to the Staples Center in Los Angeles is one family outing where you can actually encourage your youngsters to get a little rowdy by loudly cheering on the home team. As shots are made and the score teeters back and forth, pass on your love of the game by sharing with your kids some of the nuances of basketball, lessons you learned from your own parents. Seeing the enraptured looks on your kids’ faces as their favorite player nails the fade-away three pointer and the crowd goes wild is one of those priceless rewards of parenthood. Regardless of where your seats are located, make sure to take your kids all around the arena — from the top of the nosebleeds section where the action looks like tiny ants running back and forth, to the courtside seats where heroes of the hardwood loom large (and tall!) — so that they can get a feel for the spectacle of it all. After the last buzzer has sounded and your kids are tucked in for the night, their minds will still be racing with NBA action.

Staples Center

1111 South Figueroa Street CA 90015

(213) 742-7326

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