Looking for a place to get away from the not-so-harsh Los Angeles winter? Though this winter we seem to be skipping even our usual sporadic drizzle and light breezes, the sad fact remains that our gorgeous summer concert spots are closed for the season.  What’s a mini music maven to do? Check out these indoor concert venues that will have you and your kids rocking out in no time, all winter long!


McCabe’s Guitar Shop
This famous locale recently celebrated 50 years as one of the most famous guitar shops on the West Coast. In that time, the intimate, live music venue has seen the likes of The Proclaimers, Beck, Lucinda Williams, the Bangles and more. Special kid friendly matinees are held every month, so there’s always something for the two and over set. The venue seats about 100 people so things will never get too crowded. And you know that stale beer smell that comes with most small indoor concert venues? This place doesn’t have it, because there is no alcohol served  – just water, fruit juices, coffees and sodas plus a lot of other goodies at the kid friendly snack bar. Before the concert, check out their huge selection of all things stringed, or sign up for a music lesson or two.
Good to Know: Kids two and under are free.  Bring pillows, if you want to sit with your little ones on the floor.

3101 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 828-4497
Online: mccabes.com


Books and Cookies
Whether you’re there to peruse their great selections of books, take a bite out of a freshly baked cookie, or join in a community event, Books and Cookies is always a good time. And, it’s a great venue to hear everything from hip-hop to jazz in a kid-friendly setting hosted by some of the city’s most talented indie artists. Concerts are held every Saturday at 10 a.m. in the book room with space for about 15 families. This assures that everyone is having a fun time and no mini mosh pits form due to over crowding.
Good to Know: All activities and concerts are drop in on a first come first serve basis and require adult supervision.

Books and Cookies
2230 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (424) 238-5299
Online: booksandcookiesla.com


The Broad Stage
Chamber music and children? The two might seem unrelated, but leave it to the Broad to introduce the kiddos to some real culture in a way that is both fun and memorable. Family events are always held on Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ticket prices range from free to $35, which is a great deal if you’re looking to take out the whole family. Plus every seat in the house is a good seat and you can’t go wrong with the free parking.
Good to Know: Check out the Dallas Theater Company’s production of Stewart Little coming this February.

The Broad Stage
1310 11th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 434-3200
Online: thebroadstage.com

Zimmer Museum
The Zimmer Museum has several chances for musical fun each month with their Second Sunday concert series and Friday afternoon sing-a-longs, all of which are held in the Mann Theater.  Because all the concerts are free with admission, you can explore the ever-changing interactive exhibits before enjoying these family friendly concerts that inevitably turn into impromptu dance parties.
Good to Know: Go ahead and pack a lunch. You are free to do it up picnic style in the lunch room.

Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca 90048
Phone: (323) 761-8984
Online: zimmermuseum.org


Walt Disney Concert Hall
If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney Concert Hall, you know that the Frank Gehry designed building is just as impressive inside as it is outside. Home to the Toyota Symphonies for the Youth concert series, you can bring the whole family along to experience everything from Tchaikovsky to Vivaldi performed by the award winning LA Phil. All seats are good seats here because of the theater-in-the-round set up. This also means that the acoustics are beyond compare. And if the kids aren’t into the music, they’ll surely get a kick out of the LA Phil’s music director/conductor Gustavo Dudamel with his crazy ‘do and exaggerated movements.
Good to Know: Plenty of bathrooms on each level for kids (and parents) who can’t make it to intermission.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, Ca
Phone: (323) 850-2000
Online: laphil.com

Madrid Theater
Located in the heart of historic Antique Row in downtown Canoga Park, the Madrid Theater has long been a fixture in the City’s cultural scene. It’s a hidden gem for families who are looking to expose their children to live entertainment in a family friendly setting. Every spring and summer, they host a children’s concert series that runs Mondays at 10 a.m. Through a combination of dance and song, families are introduced to a wide variety of rhythms, beats, and genres. The best part? These concerts are free!
Good to Know: You can also catch student productions of musicals and more for cheap. Just check their calendar of events for details.

Madrid Theater
21622 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Phone: (818) 347-9938
Online: valleycultural.org

Marsee Auditorium, El Camino College
If you have a budding vocalist in your family, take them to see the South Bay Children’s Choir at El Camino College in Torrance. The group of 120 plus singers entertains crowds all year round with a wide repertoire of music sang in several different languages. Who knows, you kid might talk you into signing them up for lessons after the show…
Good to know: You can drop in and listen to a practice free of charge.

El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90506
Phone: (310) 640-9818
Online: sbcc.singer.net

Have we missed any fabulous indoor concert locations? Where do you like to go to get your groove on, in the winter time?

-Christina Fiedler

Photo credits: Joan S. via Yelp, Stephanie T. via Yelp, Books and Cookies, South Bay Children’s Choir, and Toyota Symphonies for the Youth.