People know Los Angeles for so many amazing things, especially all kinds of film and movie culture! But why should grown-ups have all the fun in LA? There are so many unique ways to entertain your kiddos when you visit! I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite things to do in Los Angeles with kids; check them out and let me know what you think!
Griffith Observatory has been an easily recognizable Los Angeles landmark since it opened in 1935, sitting high atop the hills. It provides both locals and visitors from all over the world the chance to observe and interact with the expansive universe above us. Gaze through telescopes (make sure you try to spot the Hollywood sign!), wander through their exhibits about the cosmos, and take in live shows at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium to take full advantage of their exciting programming.
Plus, it’s a free-admission facility, so your visit can be fun, educational, and totally free! If there isn’t enough to keep you busy at the Observatory, check out Griffith Park, home to the Los Angeles Zoo, a historic Merry-Go-Round, and so much more!
People travel from all over the world to experience the magic and wonder of Disneyland. For us, it’s right here in our backyard! There are two separate parks at Disneyland; Disneyland Park is home to a lot of classic attractions like It’s a Small World, The Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land which gives even the biggest Star Wars enthusiasts a hands-on intergalactic experience.
Disney California Adventure Park has Cars Land (featuring the exciting Radiator Springs Racers ride!) and the Avengers Campus, where you just may get recruited as a new Marvel superhero! You have to experience the magic of Disney at least once – or if you’re an LA native, become a Passholder so you can visit anytime you like!
Kidspace Children’s Museum is a nonprofit museum with over 40 hands-on exhibits where kids can engage “emotionally, intellectually, and physically through joyful, kid-driven experiences.” With 3.5 beautiful acres of indoor and outdoor spaces, kids can explore the world in entirely new ways, like harvesting crops in a larger-than-life garden, climbing into a giant hawk’s nest, splashing and playing in unique, fun water features, and even getting a peek into an active beehive.
Your child will pick up important life skills like how to treat others with kindness, indulge their curiosity, and follow their instincts. It’s the perfect spot to watch your little one make beautiful discoveries and unique memories alongside them!
The Hollywood sign is one of the most famous American landmarks and a true cultural icon. Standing over 50 feet tall and 450 feet long, it was initially put up in 1923 as a temporary advertisement for real estate development, but it soon became so recognizable and beloved to the city of Los Angeles that they kept it up – and even replaced it in 1978 so it would be more durable!
Today, you can hike up to some scenic vista points to get a great selfie with the sign and take in some of our Southern California wildlife. If you’re looking for something more informational, you can also book a guided hike with a knowledgeable tour guide who can give you all the pop culture facts and history about the sign. They even have tours led by comedians for a truly entertaining way to experience the Hollywood Sign!
If you’re planning a family visit to LA, be sure to check out all of these things to do in Los Angeles with kids! Whether it’s a trip to Griffith Observatory, a day (or two! Or three!) at Disneyland, time at Kidspace Children’s Museum, or a visit to the Hollywood sign, you’ll be glad you made time to visit – and that you brought the kids along, too!
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