While you look forward to having the whole family together for the holidays, the thought of having to entertain both your parents and your kids is enough to give you heart palpitations. Luckily, LA has endless avenues of entertainment that delight babies, tots, teens and grandparents. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots that will give Gram and Gramp plenty of fun with the babes while keeping it stress free.

The Watts Towers

If your family hasn’t been to the Watts Towers yet, a visit from the family is the perfect reason to go. This great work of art is one of the quintessential LA experiences and is sure to inspire every generation in your family. Come for a tour (Thursday-Sunday), see the towers from the inside out and learn how Simon Rodia, an Italian-American immigrant, single-handedly built the towers over the course of 34 years. While you’re there, check out the Watts Towers Art Center, which hosts rotating exhibitions. And after you’ve toured the towers, you can head up the way to LocoL; Roy Choi’s latest venture in healthful (and delicious) fast food.

Watts Towers Arts Center
1727 East 107th St.
Watts
213-847-4646
Online: wattstowers.org

photo: Kim Orchen Cooper

  • The Watts Towers
  • The Griffith Observatory
  • The Pony Rides and Train Rides at Griffith Park
  • The LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
  • The Original Farmers Market
  • The Getty Villa  (and Getty Center!)
  • The Storrier Stearns Japanese Gardens
  • Take Your Pick at Exposition Park
  • Ride the Train to the Sea
  • Be a Tourist for the Day
  • The Skirball Cultural Center
  • The Huntington Library & Gardens
  • Tour Dodger Stadium
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Mid-City Has Culture & History

What are your sure-fire ways to entertain visiting relative during the holidays?  Let us know any super tips we missed in the comments below.

—LeTania Kirkland Smith