Top 10 Free (or Cheap) Things to Do with Kids Under Five

No one ever said having kids was cheap! But since the best things in life are free (or really, really cheap) having a blast with young kids in LA doesn’t have to break the bank. From riding the metro to a classic carousel, check out 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
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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 wish!), hot days, vacation days, or just “I’m bored” days, the Science Center is here for you. For just a few bucks ($6/kids-$8.25/adults) you can round the day off with a spectacular 3D IMAX show. Also free at Exposition Park: the 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.

Open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Exposition Park, near USC
Online: californiasciencecenter.org

photo credit: Jeremy Miles via flickr

  1. 1. Explore the California Science Center
  2. 2. Head Down to Travel Town
  3. 3. Get Wet at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  4. 4. Dig in the Sand at Zuma Beach
  5. 5. See Some Art at LACMA
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