When I was planning this road trip I put a lot of thought into it, but for some reason I forgot to factor in jet lag. I had made a booking at a movie theatre on Hollywood Boulevard at 4pm not realising that would be the time of day that we would all want to go to bed. Last night everyone crashed out at the hotel at about 6pm (after swimming), and I had to get everyone changed for bed as they continued to sleep.
We then all woke up at 4am for the second day in a row. We spent the early part of the morning at Descanso Gardens, and then headed into Hollywood at lunch.
I had no idea how many stars there were on the Walk of Fame. There are around 2,500 stars that cover 15 blocks. It was really exciting at first, spotting all the names of celebrities. The kids didn’t recognise many names – but they did see a few: Daniel Radcliffe, Donald Trump, Shrek, Winnie the Pooh. We read as many as we could, but the streets were inevitably busy with tourists, street performers, and cameramen.
We had a leisurely stroll along the boulevard, and popped into a couple of souvenir shops. Then we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch.
Lunch was good, the adult portions were huge so Ben and I shared, and the children’s meals were delivered on guitar-shaped plates.
The tickets I had booked for the afternoon was see “A Wrinkle in Time” at the El Capitan Theatre, which is a Disney-owned theatre, and next door to Ghirardelli who serve the most amazing ice cream sundaes so we went there for dessert before the movie.
The El Capitan Theatre is a beautiful, ornate 1920s theatre. As it is owned by Disney it only shows Disney movies, but you also get a Disney experience. Before the movie started they treated us to a kaleidoscope show with glitter curtains, and confetti falling from the ceiling.
The movie was good. I thought for a moment that I wasn’t going to get to see it because Sam was over-tired and was crying really loudly (which, if you know Sam is odd because he hardly ever cries). He fell asleep during the first 15 mins after some cuddling and rocking, and stayed asleep for the duration of the movie. I’m so glad I got to watch it! The kids liked the movie, but Max is very sensitive and he got a little bit emotional at times.
There were some of the costumes from the movie on display in the theatre, and if you have seen the movie you would know that the costumes and the makeup is incredible.
We loved our day in Hollywood, there was so much to see and so much going on! The kids have already decided that they will go back one day.