No one ever said having kids was cheap! But since the best things in life are free, having a blast with young kids in LA doesn’t have to break the bank. From seeing spaceships to tiptoeing through tidepools, Flip through and discover the top ten things to do in Los Angeles with young kids that won’t send you scurrying to the ATM.

1. Explore the California Science Center

Where else can you see a space shuttle and a shark tank, not to mention play in one of three kids only Discovery Rooms, explore rotating science exhibits and watch as baby chicks hatch? And all for free? Rainy days (we could use a few more of those!), hot days, vacation days, or just “I’m bored” days, the Science Center is here for you. For just a few bucks ($6.75/kids-$8.95/adults) you can round the day off with a spectacular 3D IMAX show. Also free at Exposition Park: the California African American Museum, and the expansive seven acre Rose Garden, where kiddos can smell the 16,000+ roses, play by the fountain or take a picnic break. Plan on spending the whole day.

700 Exposition Park Dr.
Exposition Park, near USC
Online: californiasciencecenter.org

photo: Charles C. via Yelp

Did we miss a (free) family favorite? Tell us below in the comments!

—Meghan Rose