10 Things To Do When You're In Los Angeles With Kids

10 Things To Do In Los Angeles With Kids

You can’t beat Los Angeles for a vacation. Even if you’re visiting Los Angeles with kids. (But see if you can get a sitter for a night out on the town, too…)

1. 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. (We have 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. 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 families favorite because it’s rarely crowded and it has fire pits.

2. 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 architechture in Union Station is just gorgeous.

3. Just a block from Union Station is Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles. Olvera Street has a bunch a 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. I always 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.

4. See a professional sports game. We have the Dodgers, Angel’s and LA Galaxy and more. I 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!

5. 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!

6. 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 I’ve loved since I first visited in the 7th grade. It houses a collection of European paintings and sculpture ranging from the 14th to the 20th century and has beautiful gardens, too.

7. I’m sure that every major city has a zoo, but I’m convinced the LA Zoo is special. I’ve never been to 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.

8. 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!

9. 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?

10. 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? I personally 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, I’ve never gone and not seen someone famous!

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