2301 W. 24th St., Los Angeles, CA 90018
Council District: 
Neighborhood Service Area: 
South Los Angeles
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(323) 373-9483
(323) 373-9774
Email Address: 
Facility Hours of Operation: 

Monday – Wednesday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Sports Programs: 

Basketball Clinic, Summer and Winter Basketball League (5 – 12), Soccer Clinic, Soccer League (5 – 15), Little Hitters’ (3-4) T-Ball (5-6 Years), T-Ball Clinic

Other Programs: 

After School Club, Comic Book Art, Little Cooks, Seasonal Camp (Spring/Summer/Winter), Parent & Me Classes (Art, Sports, Music and Yoga), Tiny-Tot Ballet and Creative Movement, Pre – Ballet, Adult, Beg Computer, Private and Group Piano Lessons, Pre-School, Yoga, Zumba, Self Defense Classes, LA Kids Classes and Adult Book Clubs

Facility Features 

South Seas House, Barbecue Pits, Basketball Courts (Lighted / Outdoor), Childrens Play Area, Picnic Pavilion (by reservation only; must provide 2 week notice)

History: The South Seas House has stood in the Historic West Adams District for more than 100 years. Originally Built in 1902 by Los Angeles music patron Joseph DuPuy, the two-story house is a combination of several styles-- Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Craftsman, to name a few. The house has intrigued generations with its sharply peaked Polynesian-style gables (unlike any other constructed in that era), arroyo stone pillars, clapboard outer walls and triangular attic vents. Experts say it was one of Los Angeles' first tropical-themed houses, the precursor to the exotically eclectic architecture of the 1920s.

Joseph Dupuy died in 1922 and over the next 50 years a succession of owners took care of the house. In the 1970's however, the City of Los Angeles purchased the home for a street widening project that fell through. By the 1990's the house was empty except for squatters who vandalized the place and scavenged everything from doorknobs to banisters.

The South Seas House was brought back to life through the efforts of local community members after years of neglect and the doors were re-opened in June of 2003. It is operated by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks and has been revitalized as a recreation and community center and serves the community with programs for both children and adults. While it is not your typical recreation center, we do offer Day camp programs, computer classes, after school programs, tutoring and small private functions.

General Information: South Seas House is on the corner of Arlington and 24th Street. Our special features include: Picnic Area, Playground, outdoor basketball courts (one full court and one half court), and Exercise Equipment. There is one picnic area with 6 tables and 2 built-in barbeques available for reservation only. The recreation building (including restrooms) will be open during facility hours only, and will be locked at all other times. Groups may not exceed 100 people. NO jumpers, grills or other extra equipment not pre-approved by the recreation center. Our staff, instructors, and volunteers offer a variety of programs and activities for the community. Parent and Me classes, art classes, day camp programs, sports classes/programs, and dance and fitness activities are all available.

Registration Dates to Remember

SSH Preschool 2016-2017 School Year 11:30 am class openings--Call office for more info
Piano Lessons--Open Registration for 2016-2017 continuous sessions Please call office for openings
Fall 2016 Soccer Registration Begins September 1
Fall 2016 Classes Fall 2016 September 1
Winter 2017  Basketball Begins October 17
Winter 2017 Classes Begins December 5

Preschool Information: The South Seas House (SSH) Preschool program is located in our lovely historic facility. Children experience an enrichment based program that offers supervised play, social, cognitive and emotional interactions, organized activities, special events, and much, much more. Children will participate in circle time, music, story time, games, play and sensory table-top activities such as crafts and science. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum includes numbers, colors, shapes, name recognition and days of the week. Registration is determined on a first come first serve basis.

We have energetic teachers that are highly qualified and experienced in the preschool setting. We are very proud of our multicultural students and faculty and our staff to child ratio is typically 1:8 or smaller. Children must be toilet trained and able to participate without a parent or caregiver. For more information about this program, please call our office at 323-373-9483.

Picnic Permits: There is a Pavilion picnic area with 6 tables and 2 built-in barbeques available by reservation only. This area may not exceed 100 people.  Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance for a small fee. There is also 3 separate picnic areas available on a first-come, first-serve basis during facility hours. These areas have 1 table and 1 built in barbeque. Non permit usage may not exceed 25 people and may not have JUMPERS. Jumper usage is only for Pavilion reservations. NO grills or other extra equipment not pre-approved by the recreation center are allowed.

Sports Information: We offer youth sports leagues for children 5- 15 years of age, providing your child meets the age requirements. (Please see brochure for more specific information.) Soccer is offered in the Fall, Basketball is offered in the Winter and Summer, Little Hitters and T-Ball is offered in the Spring. All games are played off-site at nearby parks and practices are held at Benny H. Potter Park, adjacent to the South Seas House.

Day Camp Information: South Seas offers day camp programs for children ages 5-12 (K-6th Grade). Camps are offered in the summer, winter, and spring based on the LAUSD school holiday breaks. We also offer a Counselor in Training program. Participants must be 13 – 15, interviewed, finger printed and attend an intensive training if they are chosen. Only 5 are selected each year. Interviews start in March.

The Park Advisory Board: Want to make a difference in your community? Want to help the South Seas House with our community events? Then this is the place to start. Please call the South Seas House at (323) 373-9483 and speak with the Director, Walidah Williams.

Volunteers: Have a special talent or would just like to help out your community? Become a volunteer. South Seas House volunteers may help out year around with a variety of programs and events. Some examples include, coaching, Halloween, Easter, Summer Camp, After-school club and more. All volunteers must be fingerprinted. Please call the South Seas House at (323) 373-9483 for more information.

Class Registration Information: Our current class information is available online (see above). Please call (323) 373- 9483 for more information. Most classes run 7-10 weeks, unless otherwise stated. Students must meet class age requirements by the date of enrollment. Staff reserves the right to require proof of age at any time. Walk-In registration begins the Wednesday prior to the start of the session. Payment in full by credit card, check, or money order must be made in person at the time of Walk-In Registration. Cash is not accepted,(effective 01/01/2017). Checks are to be made payable to “City of Los Angeles”. Class fees will NOT be prorated until after the fourth week of classes. See below for our refund policy.

Please consult with your physician before enrolling in any physically demanding class. Persons with disabilities are welcome to participate in our programs. Reasonable accommodations will be made with prior arrangements. Please notify the instructor prior to the start of class if you or your child has special needs.


  • A 15% fee will be assessed by the recreation center for any patron granted a refund, change, or transfer per class or  sports league registration. After the first day of a session the recreation center issues a partial refund to patrons withdrawing from an activity.
  • No full refunds will be issued unless a class or sports league is cancelled by the center.
  • Credit or make-ups will not be given for classes missed by patrons
  • There will be no prorating before the 4th week of classes, thereafter 20% will be prorated from the original class fee.
  • We reserve the right to cancel/combine classes if the minimum enrollment is not met.


09/05/2016 – LABOR DAY (CLOSED)

10/10/2016 – COLUMBUS DAY (CLOSED)

10/31/2016 – HALLOWEEN

11/24 -25/2016 – THANKSGIVING CLOSED


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