Los Angeles with Kids – Archery Adventure

bigstock-Sunset-5952930I love how much there is to do and experience in the greater Los Angeles area. You want the beach – great. You want to go skiing – it is a relatively short drive up to the mountains. You want Hollywood,  you got it. Disneyland, we got that too. Not to mention Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Six Flags and more.

There are also some less well known adventures perfect for an urban or suburban family seeking to explore more traditional activities. Recently, my family tried out archery at Archery Outpost and loved it. It was a great time together as a family.  We all enjoyed it. My 10 year old Minecraft addicted son loved it, as did my 8 year old daughter and my husband.

I have always loved archery. Or at least the thought of it. I did it a summer camp a couple of years when I was young, but I remember it being a frustrating experience. The bows were either too hard or too easy to draw, the arrows didn’t have tips and nothing seemed to work right.

But, at Archery Outpost it was a different experience.  It matched my idolized version of using a traditional bow to shoot.

We all  had a good time. The equipment was well maintained. The instructor was helpful and worked well with the kids. Plus, it was a female instructor so my daughter felt empowered.  We took the Safety Class.  Archery Outpost offers a Safety Class Tuesday at 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm and Sunday at 1 pm and 3 pm.  The instructor goes over the basic equipment and safety. You then get to shoot in the indoor range with coaching from the instructor. Bows are selected with appropriate draw.  We were able to shoot for more than an hour.

We ended up getting some less expensive bows for home and set up a range on our property.  We have all used it several times in the weeks since taking the class.  In fact, I think I may acquire a more expensive bow for myself . . . .

Archery Outpost offers indoor shooting range rental with or without equipment and lessons. Also, they have birthday party packages.  There is an upstairs room for the birthday party (or other groups).