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Things To Do With Kids in Los Angeles

Welcome to the City of Angels, where stars walk amongst tourists on Hollywood Blvd. Known for its sunny weather and sandy beaches, L.A. is a place that everyone should travel to at least once. Kids will delight at the attractions and amusement rides at Disneyland, while parents will love snapping a picture with the star of their favorite celebrity on the Walk of Fame. See the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood Hills and the Santa Monica Pier for yourself. When you’re ready to explore the West Coast, try these family-friendly activities in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is known to be one of the most entertaining cities in the world. Bring the family on a sunset cruise or book open-play time at a discount with these popular deals. Here are the best things to do with kids in L.A.:

  • Book a whale watching tour at LA Waterfront Cruises
  • Pay reverence to Jewish History at the Museum of Tolerance
  • Strap into the go-karts at MB2 Raceway Sylmar and race to the finish
  • Play like a king with 120 tokens at the Family Arcade in Mid-Wilshire
  • Romp through colorful, deep-sea-themed play areas at Under the Sea Indoor Playground

Enjoy everything your trip has to offer by finding activities that aren’t just for the kids. Young-at-heart parents will enjoy lounging by the waterpark pool or seeing the latest action movie. Try these family-friendly activities on your next trip:

  • Bring the family on a horseback riding adventure at Will Rogers State Historic Park
  • Fly down the water slides at Splash Kingdom Waterpark
  • See a movie on the lawn while enjoying sizzling street food at one of Street Food Cinema’s locations
  • Put your perception to the test at the Museum of Illusions
  • Explore Human Nature exhibit inside the galleries at Autry Museum
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Though glitz and glamour are everywhere in L.A., that doesn’t have to mean an expensive city experience. Wave flags at a local parade or tour a historic attraction. Here is a selection of affordable activities for kids in Los Angeles:

  • Visit during on of Pasadena’s popular parades, like the Rose Parade or the Doo Dah Parade
  • Browse for trinkets and treasure at the Rose Bowl Flea Market
  • Become a fairy for an afternoon at a Faery Hunt, the interactive wonderland show for the young and young-at-heart
  • Attend a concert at McCabe’s and try your hand at playing guitar afterwards
  • See the Avila Adobe, the oldest house in Los Angeles
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Disneyland isn’t the only world-famous attraction that will create lasting childhood memories. See a family-friendly play together or be part of a live audience during a show taping. Here are the best kid-friendly attractions in Los Angeles:

  • Drive to Underwood Farms to learn about life on the farm while picking veggies
  • See a hilarious play at Topanga’s Theatricum Botanicum
  • Brunch it up the way kids like to at kids brunch days in the Magic Castle
  • Bring the kids to a live taping of their favorite kids show
  • Join in on the fun at a handprint or star laying ceremony on Hollywood Blvd.
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Whether you need to entertain a group of kids for a birthday party or a school field trip, these will keep the crew entertained. Visit one of the area’s many beaches or adventure through the forest. Try these kid-approved group activities in Los Angeles today:

  • Reminisce while watching your favorite disney movie at El Capitan
  • Go rollerblading along Venice Beach and then dive into the ocean
  • Go on a sunset ranch Hollywood sign trail ride or hike your way in for an up-close view
  • Hit the beach for sun and fun at Paradise Cove
  • If in LA on a weekday, go on a Disneyland Adventure without the crowds

Learning about California’s history and legacy is both fascinating and fun for kids at the city’s world-class museums and attractions. Here are some popular education opportunities to enjoy with the kids:

  • At the California Science Center, interact with hands-on exhibits and ride the high-wire bicycle
  • Tour the Star Eco Station, where you’ll learn about exotic wildlife habitats and rescue operations
  • Learn about Native American cultural practices at the Autry National Center
  • Catch a Sunday shark feeding at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
  • See the Space Shuttle Endeavor at Samuel Oschin Pavilion

Unleash the artist within in the city where fame finds its start. Sign the kids up for a visual art class, a cheerleading workshop, or a guitar lesson. Try the following creative classes for kids in Los Angeles:

  • Explore the importance of line within a drawing at a long pose portraiture workshop
  • Become a cheerleader with a workshop at Magnitude Cheer
  • At Rock4Kids, experiment with sound and rhythm at a kids music class
  • Take a 30 or 60-minute private lesson with a professional musician at Angeles
  • Learn major chords with a music lesson at Mid City Music School

On snowy and rainy days in Los Angeles, the party doesn’t stop. Head to the observatory or tour a famous movie set. Get ready for a world of adventure with the following kid-friendly indoor activities in L.A.:

  • Take an exciting tour through Warner Brothers Studio Tour
  • Spend an afternoon stargazing at Griffith Observatory
  • See an IMAX movie at the California Science Center
  • Wander the galleries at Heritage Square Museum
  • Explore the butterfly or the spider pavilion at the National History Museum