Got kids? Proceed to the ponies near the southeast entrance of Griffith Park at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive (officially, the address is 4730 Crystal Springs Drive; www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithpk). There, Tuesdays through Sundays, your child (age 1 or older) can sit on a tethered pony (which will make eight circles for $3) or ride two laps, untethered, on a larger oval track (also $3). On weekends, the scaled-down Griffith Park & Southern Railroad carries children and parents for $2.50 a ride, and more trains await in Travel Town and at L.A. Live Steamers at the north end of the park. The park's biggest playground, Shane's Inspiration, is a short drive from the ponies, and along the way there's a spot to rent bikes and a historic merry-go-round that's open weekends all year and every day in summer. Show up around noon on a Sunday, and you'll hear a strange throbbing in the air. That's the Griffith Park drum circle, always free, frequently fascinating.