From the magic of Universal Studios Hollywood, to educational yet fun California Science Center to everything in between, here are ten things to do in L.A with the kids.
The City of Angels is a perfect vacation spot for you and your sweetheart, with attractions like the Rodeo Drive shops, fabulous beaches, Beverly Hills and the iconic Hollywood sign! But Los Angeles is also super kid-friendly and offers some of the most fun activities in the country for kids of all ages. Get a sneak peek with these ten things to do in L.A with the kids.
1. Universal Studios Hollywood
If you want to spoil your kids with a day (or two) filled with imagination and adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood won’t disappoint. Cast a spell on your family in the magical world of Harry Potter, or make some harmless mischief with the kiddos on the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride. With so many different themed activities, there is definitely something exciting for each member of the family, including you.
Another amazing theme park in California, Disneyland Hollywood Land takes you on a journey through the most popular Disney animation films like Monsters, Inc. or The Muppets. You can also take the kids to one of the many entertaining events that run all year round such as the Disney Junior Dance Party where you can sing and dance with the beloved Mickey Mouse!
3. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Inspire your little ones (and even the big ones) with the largest natural history museum in the western United States. There are nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts that display more than 4.5 billion years of History! With many interactive activities, there is always something fun and new to discover around every corner.
4. Aquarium of the Pacific
A watery paradise for children and adults alike, the Aquarium of the Pacific will impress and awe the whole family. Get up close and personal with more than 11,000 animals in 50+ exhibits! See sharks and penguins, and feed exotic rainbow-colored birds in the Lorikeet Forest. Located on Long Beach, time your visit so that you can watch the sunset along the gorgeous Pacific coast after you leave.
5. El Capitan Theatre
For a relaxed evening, check out Tiny Tot Tuesdays at El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Opened in 1929, this beautifully rustic theatre gives some tangible historical context to the ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’.
6. La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
Discover the wonders of paleontology and the creatures that roamed over 30,000 years ago at La Brea Tar Pits, where natural tar has been seeping from the ground for tens of thousands of years. As a result, scientists have found well-preserved remains of ancient animal bones. Take advantage of this fascinating opportunity to look deep into the past.
7. The Last Bookstore
For bookworms and avid readers, The Last Bookstore is a dream come true! And for those who don’t like to read, you may question your motives after a trip to this paper-filled masterpiece. Take your kids through a ‘literal’ maze of bookshelves which will either spark or enhance a passion for reading.
8. Kidspace Children’s Museum
A great place to take the little ones when mom or dad needs a well-deserved break. With seasonally themed activities, the kids will delight in an organized egg hunt during the spring, or bring them to more than 40 children-focused arts and crafts workshops, activities and exhibits that take place year-round!
9. California Science Center
For the little scientists in the family, the California Science Center is a must. Check out the Big Lab, a child-friendly interactive laboratory with 32,000 square feet of open space and customized activities! Your children will spend a whole morning investigating and exploring the wonders of science. Also, be sure to watch an educational science film in the striking IMAX Theatre.
10. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
After a few days exploring the city, check in with nature at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. You and your kids will benefit from this beautiful and serene 127-acre sanctuary. Stroll the wonderful gardens and make a point to smell the flowers.