We are so lucky to be surrounding by so many wonderful Children’s Museums! Here’s a guide to the best children’s museums in Los Angeles & Orange County that are great for kids! What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum – Los Angeles
The mission of the Natural History Family of Museums is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. Get the inside story of the Fossil Lab, Lake Pit, Observation Pit, and Project 23. You can see scientists at work, uncovering new Ice Age fossils in the tar pits – new discoveries made right before your eyes.
Natural History Museum- Los Angeles
Encounter dinosaurs, experience nature, explore our dioramas, marvel at one of the most impressive gem and mineral collections in the world, and discover how Los Angeles came to be. And that’s just the beginning.
Kidspace Museum- Pasadena
Southern California’s premier Family destination, Kidspace Children’s Museum is located on nearly 3.5 acres in Pasadena, CA, with more than 40 hands-on, interactive exhibits, activities, and programs.
Pretend City: Children’s Museum of Orange County
Pretend City is the children’s museum of Orange County. We build better brains through educational programming and interactive exhibits. Hands-On, Interactive Fun and Daily Art.
Cayton Children’s Museum – Los Angeles
Cayton Children’s Museum by ShareWell ignites imagination and creativity through play with 21,000 sq-ft of discovery-based exhibits, art studios, a theater, private rooms for celebrations & a robust calendar of arts and cultural programming all year-long.
Noahs Ark Exhibit at the Skirball- Los Angeles
Make plans today to visit Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™, the permanent, award-winning children’s and family destination that’s the talk of the town! Play, climb, build, explore, make believe, and make friends—all while exploring a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark, filled to the rafters with whimsical animals. Share in a timeless story—and together envision a better world.
The California Science Center- Los Angeles
The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films.
La Habra Children’s Museum
It is our mission to encourage enthusiasm about learning in a hands-on environment that opens the world even to the youngest child.
Battleship USS Iowa Museum – Los Angeles
Our vision for the Pacific Battleship Center and the Battleship IOWA Museum is to connect the past with the future. Connecting the stories and the legacy of the Battleship IOWA with future generations through different programs and education, and interactive innovative ideas.
Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles
Experience the Petersen Automotive Museum one of the world’s premier automotive museums. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Petersen features 100000 sqft of exhibit space, 25 galleries, thousands of stories, and over 300 vehicles.
Discovery Cube – Los Angeles & Orange County
Discovery Cube is a Science center & museum in Los Angeles & Orange County for children. With hands-on exhibits & activities, learning has never been this much fun!
Discovery Cube Ocean – Newport Beach
Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest inspires, educates and engages through interactive STEM experiences centered on the principles of ocean literacy.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Museum – Hollywood & San Pedro
Preserving the incredible history of the Los Angeles Fire Department through our two museums, photo archive, the fireboat Ralph J. Scott, and the William Rolland Firefighter Educational Institute. The museum houses old fire engines and fire apparatus, some dating from the 1880s.
Los Angeles Police Museum – Los Angeles
Exhibiting the history of the LAPD, with armored cars, radios & badges, plus interactive programs.
Travel Town Museum – Los Angeles
Travel Town Museum is a railway museum dedicated on December 14, 1952, and located in the northwest corner of Los Angeles, California’s Griffith Park.
Kidseum at Bowers Museum – Santa Ana
Kidseum is a high-tech and interactive childrens museum with a focus on it’s mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures. Check out the “Glow Cave” with its fun art making activities, ride the magical Wells Fargo stagecoach through time in the “Green Screen Time Machine,” and explore archaeology like never before in our Archaeology Lab. New smart tables, smart boards, and computers offer visual stimulation and engagement.
Griffith Observatory– Los Angeles
Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.
And if you are heading down to San Diego, you’ll want to check out the following:
The New Children’s Museum | Think, Play, Create– San Diego
The New Children’s Museum in Downtown San Diego, California is dedicated to helping children learn and experience the world through the lens of contemporary art.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
SDCDM is a favorite destination for families. Explore, Imagine, Experiment. Hands-on educational children’s museum in North San Diego County, serving children ages 0-10 with interactive exhibits and programs focused on science, world cultures, and art.
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