Historic Neighborhood Explorations

Explore L.A.’s historic neighborhoods through our ready-to-use printable activities and videos! Recommended for grades 3-8, but appropriate for all ages.

Learn about L.A.'s Eastside through our videos and activities.
Learn about the different communities tied to Westwood.
Hear Historic Filipinotown's history from community leaders.
Create your own neighborhood exploration.
Compton City Hall
Learn about historic places and people in places like Compton. | Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group
Celebrate historic places like Venice through crafts.
Learn about the people behind historic places like Griffith Park.

Explore Central Avenue Historic Corridor and meet local leaders like Charlotta Bass, the first Black woman to own and operate a major newspaper, and Ralph J. Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize-winning scholar/activist/diplomat.

Activity: Math Puzzle
Coloring Pages: Arnett Hartsfield and Drs. Vada and John Somerville
Craft & Learn Video: 3D Streetscape

Meet people important to the history of Chinatown, including actor Anna May Wong, the first Asian American movie star and style icon in Hollywood, and Yiu Hai Seto Quon, affectionately known as “Mama Quon,” one of the founders of New Chinatown.

Activity: People of Chinatown Word Search
Coloring Page: People of Chinatown
Craft Video: Paper Cube (download the Cube Template here)

We’re exploring L.A.’s “hub city”: the City of Compton and speaking with local historians and business owners to learn more about Compton’s layered history: from the historic Dominguez Rancho Adobe (1826) to the famous Compton Cowboys.

Video Exploration: Compton
Crossword Puzzle: Miracle Market
Maze & Craft Project: Compton Civic Center and City Hall
Design Challenge: Design Your Own Blueprint

Activity: Griffith Park Memory Game
Craft & Learn Video: Scavenger Hunt

Activity: Crossword Puzzle
Coloring PagesUnidad Park by Eliseo Art Silva and Helen Brown
Craft & Learn Video: Mini Jeepney

Activity: MacArthur Park Crossword Puzzle
Coloring Page: MacArthur Park
Craft Video: Picture Book

Activity: Venice Connect the Dots
Activity: Venice Word Scramble
Craft & Learn Video: Paper Wind Spiral

Video Exploration: Westwood
Activity: Scavenger Hunt
Design Challenge: Comic Creation