If you are in Los Angeles or in town for the NBA All-Star game, check out the Jam Session at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
One thing I have to warn you about is traffic. And don’t get ripped off and park in those independent lots that are charging anywhere from $20-$35. The lowest I saw was for $5 all day parking which would be a long walk in the rain, on the corner of Pico and Olive (they were advertising in small signs on Figueroa that it was a short 4 blocks, do not believe that). I parked inside the Convention Center for $12 and did not have to get rained on.
At first entrance, I saw different basketball courts, a beer station, and a bunch of adults and thought my kids would be bored out of their minds. However, the more we walked into the venue, we started to see more kid friendly activities.
Some of the more kid friendly areas were Cartoon Network that provided cartoons on screen and had a tattoo area, the Pepperidge Farm playing area, and a general playing area for all kids that were under a certain height limit (this was the perfect place for my kids).
My children who are 4 and 1 wanted to go into the general playing area. My 4 year old had a blast jumping in the jumper, bouncing on some balls that looked like larger basketballs, and playing with her sister, in what I call the “infant to toddler area.”
Some of the bigger hot spots at the event were the T-Mobile court (get there early as it was chaos and I could not see a thing. Plus, today and tomorrow DeMar DeRozan and Al Horford are scheduled to appear), the Adidas court where all the big basketball action was happening, and Taco Bell who were handing out free tacos at different times throughout the day.
There was also a lot of retail activity going on with people buying jerseys, basketballs, and a whole lot of NBA licensed products. Plus, if I was hearing this correctly from T-Mobile’s speakers, they were offering 50% off their phones during the event. This was not great news to me because I just bought the MyTouch 4G one month ago, for full retail price. But it’s great news for those that are in the market.
The NBA All-Star Jam Session was the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy during the All-Star weekend. Take advantage of the fun until Monday February 21st. Next year, it’s going to be in Orlando.
Thank you T-Mobile for inviting me!