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.

3. Meet Wildlife at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Start your Aquarium visit with the sea stars in the simulated “tide pool touch tank” then spend your time winding through the thirty-eight aquaria. Don’t miss out on the favorite aquatic babies exhibit and let the little ones learn a little something at the research station. Be sure to look up and meet the giant whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. The museum is free for all but they do suggest a donation to help keep this wonderful community resource going. Parking is free and easy on the street or you can pay $1 to park it right out front. The aquarium hosts loads of kid friendly activities and events, including the fabulous spring time grunion runs—a So Cal tradition.

The museum is free, but they request donations if you can afford it. We have several other amazing local aquariums, many of which are also free! Learn about them, here.

3720 Stephen M. White Dr.
San Pedro
Online: cabrillomarineaquarium.org

photo: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium via facebook

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

—Meghan Rose