40+ Fun Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles

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The best way to experience the city of Los Angeles is through your child’s eyes. Los Angeles is a great city for families, and there are so many fun things to do with kids. We have compiled 40+ of the best activities for kids in LA. Whether you’re looking for something educational or just want to go on a fun adventure, this list has it all!

If you are looking fun places to go with family and looking to adventure out of the South Bay or looking for more ideas, check out our Fun Things to do section of our website or our local event calendar – Both updated often

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40+ Fun Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles

Guide to Southern California Zoos & Aquariums
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Los Angeles Zoo
The world famous Los Angeles Zoo is home to animals from all over the globe, with more than 400 species represented on 3200 acres.T he Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is owned by the city of Los Angeles. It consists of 133 acres and has been in operation since 1966.

The Los Angeles Zoo has fun hands-on educational activities for children and fun adventurous animal exhibits.

Recommend: Guide to Southern California Zoo & Aquariums

Cayton Children’s Museum

Dedicated to providing opportunities for children and families to have fun exploring what life was like in the past. The museum includes historic artifacts from a wide variety of time periods.

Recommend: Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County

Take a day trip to Malibu

Malibu is a small beach city located just west of Los Angeles. It’s worth the trip to explore the beautiful coastline, and there are some fun activities for kids.

Recommend: City Guides 

Queen Mary - Long Beach
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Queen Mary 

Take a day trip to Long Beach and check out this historic ocean liner. The Queen Mary has been host to celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and President Harry S Truman. There is also plenty of fun activities in the area for kids.

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Go to Skate Park

The Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Events Center

The Proud Bird is a restaurant and catering company that offers affordable, family-friendly dining experience. It’s also a favorite spot for events ranging from holiday parties to baby showers and weddings.

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Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory is a Los Angeles landmark, and Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos. Visitors can explore exhibits about astronomy as well as live shows in their Samuel Oschin Planetarium that are sure to please any science enthusiast! Guests looking for a scenic view of LA will also not be disappointed with Griffith Park’s incredible views from its observatory windows or even better yet – outside on top of the iconic Hollywood sign overlooking all of southern L.A
Recommend: Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located in what was the heart of historic Rancho Santa Anita. Located just east of Pasadena, this unique 127-acre garden houses a variety of plant species from around the world that can be found nowhere else on Earth! Walk through gardens filled with trees towering up to 50 feet high and manicured lawns lined with colorful flowers. Easy to reach by car or public transportation so come explore!
Recommend: Botanical Gardens in Southern California

Kidspace Children’s Museum
Kidspace is a nonprofit museum designed to delight and engage children emotionally, intellectually, and physically through joyful experiences. Children welcome to explore with curiosity while learning about their community in an engaging way.

Recommend: Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County

Universal Studios Hollywood Reopening Date and Other Important Information
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Universal Studios Hollywood
Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience with an action-packed day of entertainment all in one place: Universal Studios. With thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, Los Angeles’ best shops at CityWalk and cinemas – it is time to make your way here!
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Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier 
Pacific Park is a family-friendly amusement park that has 12 thrilling rides, including the West Coaster and Pacific Wheel. The first solar-powered Ferris wheel in Southern California can be found here too! Millions of visitors each year enjoy all the games and fun you’d expect from one of America’s most iconic entertainment destinations, as well as their trademark shops and restaurants by the shoreline.

Take a day trip to Long Beach 
Long Beach is one of the most diverse and picturesque coasts in Southern California. With a wide variety of activities to do, it’s no wonder that many people flock to this area for vacationing or living year round! One popular activity would be visiting all three museums: RMS Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific with touch tanks and shark lagoon exhibits as well as Museum Latin American Art which features modern contemporary artwork from both North America and South America. Another fun way to spend time here is by exploring Rancho Los Cerritos.
Recommend: Fun Things to do with Kids in Long Beach

La Brea Tar Pits
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The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) includes the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall. These museums are filled with more than 35 million specimens from all over nature that preserves our past while exploring what is happening today at NHMLA and around world.
Recommend: Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County

Six Flags Magic Mountain 
Come experience Southern California’s most thrilling theme park that features over 100 exciting rides, shows, and attractions.
Recommend: Guide to Southern California Amusement Parks Reopening 

City Walk at Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal CityWalk is the entertainment and retail district located adjacent to all of Universal’s theme parks. It was started as just an expansion from their first park, but it has since grown into a huge tourist destination in its own right with restaurants and shops galore!

California Science Center
The California Science Center is a world-class educational resource with hands-on, interactive exhibits and model education and outreach programs. Ranked among the top 10 most visited museums in North America (and for good reason!). This center’s well known by their engaging exhibit programming that encourages visitors to explore science more closely while also teaching them about its impact on our everyday lives!
Recommend: Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County

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Aquarium of the Pacific – formerly the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
The Aquarium of the Pacific (formerly the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific) is an aquarium on a 5-acre (20,000 m2) site on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, United States. It is situated across the water from the Long Beach Convention Center, Shoreline Village, and the Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction.
Recommended: Fun Things to do with Kids in Long Beach or Guide to Southern California Zoo & Aquariums

El Capitan Theater in Hollywood
El Capitan Theatre is a fully restored movie palace at 6838 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. The theater and adjacent Hollywood Masonic Temple is owned by The Walt Disney Company and serves as the venue for a majority of the Walt Disney Studios’ film premieres.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens is a stunningly exquisite cultural hub that has been open to the public since 1928. The three pillars of this establishment are designed specifically for different but equally important purposes: educational research; conservation through art appreciation; and preservation of natural beauty.

Recommend: Botanical Gardens in Southern California

Petersen Automotive Museum
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Petersen Automotive Museum
When you visit the Petersen Automotive Museum, your eyes will be enchanted by a collection of over 400 cars. The museum spans 1 full city block and has 150 thousand square feet of exhibition space for vehicles that date back to 1900 up through today’s modern models.
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Tongva Park
Take one step inside Tongva Park in Santa Monica, California, and you’ll find it hard to believe that this 6-acre urban oasis was a flat asphalt parking lot just a few short years ago. Together with Ken Genser Square, these two public spaces were part of a community-sourced vision for a vibrant new neighborhood that would bring life to Santa Monica’s Civic Center. Designed by a project team led by James Corner Field Operations, these new open spaces have made the community’s vision a reality. 

La Habra Children’s Museum
There’s a museum for kids in Southern California that stands as an example of the importance of play. Through activity, children learn skills at their own pace and express creativity through all sorts of different activities. Kids who attend the Children’s Museum are also encouraged to work with other people around them.
Recommend: Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County

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.
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Descanso Gardens is Blooming this Spring
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Descanso Gardens
The Descanso Gardens, located in the city of La Cañada Flintridge, are 150 acres and host one-acre lawns with artificial streams. The gardens also have ponds that cover about 5 acres. There is a forested area as well to provide shade for visitors who love nature’s beauty.
Recommend: Botanical Gardens in Southern California

World of Illusions in Los Angeles: A Fun Experience for Families
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World of Illusions Museum
World of Illusions in Los Angeles is the perfect destination for families with 4 unique experiences. Their Giant’s House, Museum of Illusions, Upside Down House, and Smash It will transport you to a world of fantasy and imagination. The family-friendly environment is perfect for all ages. Bring your friends and family to enjoy an unforgettable experience today!

The Original Farmers Market at the Grove
Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles – L.A.’s last living time-capsule of history & culture. With over 100 grocers, shops & eateries, this iconic landmark welcomes locals & visitors alike.

IMAX – California Science Center
Imagine what you could do with an IMAX Theater. You can transport yourself to new worlds, engage in endless colors and soul-stirring sounds all while experiencing the latest movie magic! With our state-of-the art theater designed for immersive experiences we ensure that each time someone goes to see a film at one of our theaters they will have their senses engaged unlike any other way possible. Imagine being drawn into the action like never before as your favorite character or story unfolds on screen through next generation 12 channel surround sound system coupled with 7 stories tall screens which brings life to small things such as atoms and even vast universes alike!

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Located at the southernmost point of Los Angeles County, San Pedro is home to a number of things including Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. This aquarium promises an experience unlike any other and provides visitors with both physical processes as well as educational programs for those looking to learn more about Southern California’s oceans.
Recommend: Guide to Southern California Zoo & Aquariums

Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Madame Tussauds Hollywood is the ninth museum in a franchise founded by sculptor Marie Tussaud. It is located on Hollywood Boulevard and it’s just west of the world famous Chinese Theatre

Discovery Cube Los Angeles
The Discovery Cube is an organization for hands-on science education that aims to challenge and encourage kids. It has been around since 35 years ago, making a positive difference in thousands of lives through four initiatives: STEM proficiency, early childhood education, healthy living, and environmental stewardship. These future-forward initiatives inspire educators as well as their students committed to learning for life who are inspired by the foundation’s work on high quality scientific programs with teachers across America
Recommend: Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County

Griffith Park
Over the years, recreational attractions have been developed throughout Griffith Park, however, an amazingly large portion of the Park remains virtually unchanged from the days Native American villages occupied the area’s lower slopes. Today’s Griffith Park offers numerous family attractions, an assortment of educational and cultural institutions, and miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, and provides visitors an ideal environment for enjoyable recreation activities.

Travel Town Museum
The Travel Town Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization that works to help support the Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park. The Museum is owned and operated by the City Los Angeles, Department of Recreation & Parks. Miniature Train Ride Opens daily at 10:00 am (except Thanksgiving & Christmas Day) Operated by GP Rah Enterprises, LLC

Travel Town is located at 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. Just 12 miles north of Downtown in beautiful Griffith Park, we’re next to the 134 Freeway at the Forest Lawn Drive exit.
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WB Studios Tour
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is a guided and walkthrough studio tour of Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank in Los Angeles that offers visitors the chance to glimpse behind-the scenes over an engaging two hour period with other fans or even celebrities from new TV shows coming out soon!

Heal the Bay Aquarium, formerly Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Under the Santa Monica Pier, come see what Heal the Bay’s work is all about: Protecting people and animals who call our bay home. With over 100 local species on exhibit, hands-on activities for small frys, daily educational programs – you can immerse yourself in marine science without getting wet! Plus there are zero waste goodies to browse online or buy right now at our Shop.
Recommend: Guide to Southern California Zoo & Aquariums

Noahs Ark Exhibit at the Skirball

Aboard Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, visitors of all generations play and climb while exploring this floor-to-ceiling wooden ark. The animals inside are whimsical as they fill the rafters creating a timeless story that people share together to envision a better world for everyone involved.
Recommend: Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County

Echo Park Lake
Echo Park Lake is a hidden gem worth exploring. With the new Swan Boats, you can explore the lake in an entirely unique way! Rated one of the best activities in LA, Echo park’s pedal boats are great for outdoor exploration!

Kenneth State Hahn Park
Kenneth Hahn State Park has a plethora of activities for children and adults alike. There are playgrounds, 100 picnic tables in many different areas around the park, a half basketball court, and multi-purpose field that can be used as soccer or lacrosse fields depending on time of year. The Japanese Garden also features an interactive water feature where kids will love to play with the stream/waterfall!

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) preserves 4.5 billion years worth of biodiversity, which is the first step in conservation efforts. This museum has specimens dating back to our planet’s earliest days and offers some unique opportunities for visitors to learn about this fascinating history firsthand through its exhibits. Located minutes away from L.A Live, NHMLA invites everyone near and far to explore nature up close!
Recommend: Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County

The Gentle Barn 
The Gentle Barn – California is located approximately 30 miles north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita. The property is complete with large horse and cow pastures, a red and white barnyard for the smaller animals, an organic vegetable garden, lots of shade trees, and a panoramic view of gorgeous mountains. There are over one hundred and seventy rescued animals are safe and happy at The Gentle Barn, and there is plenty of room to welcome their visitors and the children they host.
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Annenberg Beach House
The Beach House is a unique community destination. With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, historic pool, free wi-fi, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The USS Iowa Museum is located in Los Angeles. It’s a hub for education and interactive ideas that connect the past with future generations. The museum has immersive exhibits, educational programs like tours and lectures, as well as innovative new technology to keep kids engaged so they can learn about America’s history too!
Recommend: Best Children’s Museums in Los Angeles & Orange County

Griffith Park Pony Rides & Petting Zoo
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Griffith Park Pony Rides & Petting Zoo
Since 1948, the Griffith Park Pony Ride has been a favorite destination for families visiting Griffith Park. Our friendly staff and ponies are waiting to introduce you to the joys of riding!
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