Top Things to Do in Los Angeles With Kids – Family-Friendly Guide

Things To Do in Los Angeles With Kids

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Though it’s not quite the city that never sleeps, most people think of Los Angeles as a hustle and bustle city chock-full of fancy shopping and nightlife for adults. But really, you can’t beat Los Angeles for a vacation with the whole family, and especially with kids (but see if you can get a sitter for a night out on the town, too). There’s so much to see and do in LA — it really is the perfect family vacation destination. Here are the best things to do in Los Angeles with kids.

Best Beaches in Los Angeles

Everyone knows that the sun is always shining in Los Angeles so no matter when you visit, so plan at least a few hours for the beach— they are some of the most beautiful in the world! Don’t expect good shells though, you won’t find them here. What you will find is nice sand and good weather. If you want to do people watching, hit up Venice Beach, known as the beach “for the creative and artistic.”


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If shopping is your thing, you’ll want to stop by the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, and if laying out is your ultimate goal, then try Newport or Huntington Beach. Just south of Huntington Beach, you’ll find Bolsa Chica State Beach, which is our family favorite because it’s rarely crowded and it has fire pits.

Transportation in Los Angeles

By and large, people in Los Angeles never use public transportation, so, it’s always fun to hop on the Metro link and head into Los Angeles. You can get a view of Los Angeles without sitting in traffic and your kids will get a fun little train ride. Plus, if you exit at Union Station you can grab a French Dip Sandwich at Philippe’s, originator of the French Dip Sandwich. Plus, the architecture in Union Station is just gorgeous.

Attractions in Los Angeles

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Just a block from Union Station is Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles. Olvera Street has a bunch of little kiosks with Mexican hand-crafts and knick-nacks, and it’s a great place for authentic Mexican food. Plus, it’s one of those Los Angeles landmarks that you have to visit if you are here. You will love walking through the Avila Adobe, too. Tours are free and the adobe has the distinction of being the oldest standing residence in Los Angeles.

See a professional sports game while you’re in town. There are the Dodgers, Angel’s and LA Galaxy and more. We highly recommend going to whatever team is playing during your trip. There’s always so much action and excitement and there is nothing like visiting a home game!

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The Getty Center is truly an amazing {travertine} spectacle built high in the hills of Los Angeles in between Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and Pacific Palisades. The view of the valley is spectacular. If you can visit on a day without smog you’ll be astounded by the view. The collection housed in the museum is not too shabby either!

The Norton Simon Museum is in Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade. In fact, the Rose Parade passes the museum on Colorado Boulevard. Kids get in for free and there is just something about the museum that is just truly special. It houses a collection of European paintings and sculptures ranging from the 14th to the 20th century and has beautiful gardens, too.

Most major cities have their own zoos, but the LA Zoo is really something special. Seriously, name another zoo where the chimpanzees can be counted on with regularity to fling their poo on each other. And that’s like a show in itself.

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Hollywood Boulevard is home of the Hollywood Stars that make up the Hollywood Walk of Fame. These well-known sidewalk “stars” salute the celebrities who made/make Hollywood great, and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is here as well. It’s usually pretty congested with lots of crazies around though, so keep a close eye on your little ones!

Disneyland is one of those places that you can’t miss when visiting Los Angeles. It’s the magic kingdom and who can deprive their children of all the magic that only Mickey can provide?

The Los Angeles Farmers Market. This is THE ORIGINAL farmers market and they don’t want you to forget it. It’s a little bit snobby, a little bit uppity, but it’s a land mark, you know? You will love the monster-sized crepes that can be had there. Once you’ve had your fill, walk across the parking lot to The Grove, a fantastic outdoor shopping mall. It’s got An American Girl store and about every other store you can think of. And, there’s a good chance you’ll bump into someone famous!

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