wow, everything seems to open in the summer! this fab new kids book store/party location/bakery just popped up on main street in santa monica seemingly out of nowhere! opened by a former preschool teacher, books and cookies is divided into an interactive reading room/bookstore, healthy kids’ cafe serving fresh-baked treats (cookies, muffins, granola), and an activity space for classes (check out their website for cool, book-centric classes), workshops, and private parties. don’t miss the cookies, they are fresh baked co-owner who is also a caterer and party planner!
2230 main street (at strand)
santa monica, CA 310-362-3101 (www.booksandcookiesla.com)