50 Things To Do With Kids In Los Angeles

Want to make the most of your free time with the family? Here’s our 50 top tips for tip-top days out. At a glance you can see what you want to do and where you want to go. No need to search the web endlessly – we’ve done the footwork for you. Chose the category, see the options CLICK and there you are!


  1. Noah’s Ark at the Skirball

    Meet Noah and the animals in their life-sized ark!

    Play, climb, create and make believe – this is a great active and interactive experience.

    Photo of Noah's Ark

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  2. Heritage Square Museum

    Go back in time and come face to face with old LA. Kids can explore, dress-up and connect with past.

    Lots of special events to look out for too. School tours welcome!

    Heritage Square Museum building

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  3. Griffith Observatory

    Meet the stars – literally!

    The Planetarium Show is truly awesome and there’s lots of space related exhibits to fire the imagination.

    Griffith Observatory from outside

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  4. Kidspace Museum in Pasadena

    The secret’s in the name!

    From tiny tots upwards the whole family can have a great day out exploring, cycling, climbing, learning and more.

    Great cafe too!

    Kidspace Museum

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  5. Quick Culture: Private Customized Arts Tours in LA County Museum of Art (LACMA)

    A 60 minute tour of the gallery for 6 to 12 year olds will stimulate their interest in all things artistic.

    Budding artists will be truly inspired by the knowledgeable guides.

    Exhibition hall in LACMA

  6. The California Science Center

    Where else can you see the space shuttle?

    The west coast’s biggest museum of science and technology is interactive, educational and fun.

    Check out the 7 storey IMAX – awesome!

    Endeavour Spaceship at The California Science Center

  7. Zimmer Museum

    Children love to learn through play and the Zimmer museum knows all about that!

    Try getting them away from all the activities. Special events, parties and summer camps too.

    Young child playing with building blocks

  8. Natural History Museum

    Remember seeing your first dinosaur? The natural world is so fascinating you couldn’t invent it if you tried!

    An unforgettable day out for kids of all ages!

    Dinosaur skeletons at Natural History Museum

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  9. Hollywood Wax Museum

    Heroes, villains, statesmen, stars – this is Hollywood re-lived before your eyes.

    Scary film sets will send shivers down your spine. How about a selfie with your favourite film character?

    Hollywood Wax Museum from the outside

  10. Jet propulsion laboratory Open House

    What’s out there?

    NASA brings the universe to you – educational tours and lots of “fun stuff” for kids too – check out the website.

    Kids watching a rover

  11. Underwood Farms

    A fabulous fun day out down on the farm!

    Pick your own fruit and veg, meet the animals and ride in a horse and cart.

    Seasonal events and it won’t break the bank!

    Kids sitting with a man in a rabbit costume

  12. The STAR Eco Station

    Take a walk on the wild side!

    LA’s “Best Teaching Zoo” will give the kids hands on experience.

    They can learn how to look after wildlife at the rescue facility as well.

    Kids playing with a turtle

  13. SeaWorld

    A smashing, splashing day out!

    If you’ve seen the shows go behind the scenes, swim with dolphins or come face to face with a penguin.

    People touching dolphins

  14. Whale watching trips

    No doubt about it, whales are spectacular!

    California is blessed with wonderful natural displays of these fascinating creatures.

    If boats are not for you watch from the cliffs, either way it will be an really memorable day for all family.

    People taking photos of a whale at the ocean

  15. Trip to Catalina Island (Buffalos Observation)

    This family friendly paradise island just off the coast is full of adventures – hiking, biking, boating, snorkeling

    or try the zip line for a real whizz of a thrill.

    Buffalos on a field

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  16. Beach clean-up

    Save the planet! A great way to help you kids look after the environment.

    It’s good fun working together and they can earn a scout patch too.
    Look out for special events like World Cleanup Day.

    Children cleaning up a beach

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  17. Aquarium of the Pacific

    The underwater world is weird and wonderful.

    Touch a sea urchin, watch the shows or see scuba divers feed the fish.

    Voted one of the 10 best Aquariums for kids by

    People watching rays

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  18. Vista Hermosa Natural Park

    Have fun and explore for free!

    The Park is a lovely outdoor space to roam in and enjoy the fresh air.

    Special programmes for 1-5 year olds. Free parking.

    Vista Hermosa Natural Park

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  19. Los Angeles Zoo

    We’re going to the zoo. zoo, zoo. How about you, you, you?

    Great special events for holidays and weekends.

    Children never tire of the zoo – so much to do, do, do!

    A group of children at the zoo

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  20. The Orange County Great Park helium balloon

    How about an up, up and away day? Stunning bird’s eye views of Orange County.

    Children under 18 free with a paying adult. Lots to do in the park too.

    The Orange County Great Park helium balloon

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  21. iFly Hollywood

    Fly like a bird! This is a skydiving experience the whole family can enjoy – age no object flyers from age 3 – 103 accepted!

    A boy flying at iFly Hollywood

  22. Summer surfing

    Hang ten summer surf camps are a hit with youngsters.

    Keeping fit and active they’ll learn ocean safety from the experts.

    Equipment provided.

    A group of surfers at the beach

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  23. Sea kayaking

    Water paddle sports are offered for free to girls and boys from 8 to 18.

    Fitness and fun promotes health and well being. Kids love it!


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  24. Los Angeles Swimming Stadium

    Free entrance for under 17’s and over 65’s!

    Classes for kids and a heated family pool, so no excuses Mom!

    Kids on a swimming lesson

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  25. Pee Wee Bowling League

    Good bowlers start young!

    Kids learn from the experts and you’ll pick up some good tips yourself!

    Kids with trophies sanding by a bowling alley

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  26. Dodger Stadium

    A behind the scenes tour of this iconic 56,000 seat stadium is an absolute must for baseball fans.

    Have an exclusive look at the Lexus Dugout Club and the trophies.

    Stand in the field and imagine the roar of the crowd…

    Baseball fans

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  27. Disneyland resort

    Where dreams come true! One of the world’s favourite attractions.

    Disney’s magic comes to life and the kids can’t stop smiling.

    Families enjoying Disneyland attractions

  28. Knott’s Berry Farm

    A high octane roller coaster of a day out! Are you ready for the thrills, spills, screams and splashes?

    There’s a Wonderland for the little ones and great food and shopping too!

    Knott's Berry Farm roller coaster

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  29. Santa Monica Pier

    Where to start? See the world from the Ferris wheel or have a swinging time at the trapeze school.

    Live music, events, restaurants – so much to enjoy!

    Roller Coaster at Santa Monica Pier

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  30. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles

    Visit Six Flags for some of the tallest, wettest, fastest,craziest water rides in the country.

    Lots for the family and younger children to enjoy too.

    Water rides

  31. Bob Baker Marionette Theater

    Bob Baker is a legend in the world of puppets and animation.

    With a collection of 3,000 puppets his shows and special events have delighted families for years.

    Images of the Marionette Theater

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  32. Theatre 360

    Next stop, Hollywood? The performing arts have never been so popular.

    Join in singing, dancing and acting lessons.

    Theatre 360

  33. LACMA Nexgen museum

    Award winning museum encourages young people to create and appreciate art.

    Free for under 17’s. Classes, camps, family days and more…

    Painting kids

  34. ReDiscover

    Recycle, reinvent, ReDiscover!

    A brilliant place for youngsters to see how to create fun things from recycled objects – a really satisfying experience!

    Kids working on an electric device

  35. Pottery classes for kids and adults

    Clay, clay glorious clay! Get stuck in and learn the potter’s skill.

    Single lessons, classes or gift certificates available.

    Pottering kids

  36. Marina del Rey Water Bus

    Hop on, hop off the colorful WaterBus.

    Park the car and enjoy a leisurely day at the Marina visiting 8 stops from Fisherman’s village to Del Rey Landing.

    Bikes and strollers welcome aboard.

    Marina del Rey Water Bus

  37. Watts Towers

    This arts centre with a difference offers a diverse range of music, dance and visual arts activities for children of all ages – adults too!

    Many classes free of charge.

    Watts Towers

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  38. The Venice Canals

    A real funky place to visit – home to artists and musicians over the years it now hosts lively, colourful events.

    Check the web to see what’s on.

    The Venice Canals

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  39. Olvera Street

    Just a stroll across from Union Station you can get an authentic feel of Mexico – The colorful Marketplace has old world charm and the food is “delicioso”!

    Olvera Street

  40. The Queen Mary Tour

    Kids will love exploring this historic boat.

    Visit the bridge, engine rooms and deluxe bedrooms.

    Good food to be had aboard and watch out for special events.

    Little kid on Queen Mary

  41. Renaissance Pleasure Faire

    History comes alive. See knights in armour and damsels in costume.

    Plunge back in time for some hands on creativity and living history events.

    Renaissance Pleasure Faire

  42. Faery Hunt

    This gentle, award winning, interactive outdoor show will delight young children from age 2-10.

    A great place for parties too.

    Kids on Faery Hunt

  43. The Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown

    Everyone should see a Chinese Dragon Parade at least once in their lives!

    With the bands, dancers and colorful floats there’s lots to experience – a great atmosphere.

    Chineese Dragon

  44. Medieval Times dinner & tournament

    Experience the power, passion and pageant of Medieval Times.

    Join in the excitement of seeing the knights on horseback in a thrilling joust.

    Not to be missed!

    Medieval Times dinner & tournament

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  45. Free Apple Camp at the Apple Store

    It’s fun and it’s free!

    For 3 days kids at Apple Camp learn to make films, compose a song and put it all together for the final show.

    Limited places – sign up now!

    Kids working on a computer

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  46. Universal Studios Hollywood

    A tram tour through Universal Studios will set your heart racing – experience some chilling special effects and spend the day in the park and playground.

    A great day out!

    Universal globe statue

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  47. Hollywood Walk of Fame

    You’ve sent it on the TV so now walk the walk, be a star for a day!

    You can attend the celebrity ceremonies for free – check the website for the latest events.

    Walk of Fame

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  48. Warner Bros. Studio Guided visits

    Go behind the scene of your favorite TV shows.

    Take the electric tour bus around the site, watch the action and see millions of props!

    Inside of Warner Bros. Studio

  49. Register to be an Extra in a movie

    For would be wannabes – this is for you! Sign up to be an extra in a film or on TV.

    Check the website for details.

    Kids on a casting

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  50. SID The science kid LIVE!

    Sid and his friends come to life on stage. Follow his popular antics in this entertaining live show.

    Sid and his friends

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