If bedtime seems to be getting later and later (or the days are just getting shorter and shorter), it might be time to venture out of the house after dark with your little ones. Scroll through for our favorite things to do at night with the family and get ready for some late-night (but not too late) fun this season.
Go Ice Skating
'Tis the season for pop-up outdoor ice rinks all around LA, including ones in Santa Monica, Century City and Downtown. Enjoy the magic of the holidays with an after-dark spin around the ice, plus surprise snowfalls, hot chocolate and more.
Journey to the Griffith Observatory to get a view that is out of this world. Check out their website to find out what time the sun sets and get there early enough to witness it first hand. Then enjoy an evening filled with exhibit viewings and star gazing. You can also catch a show in the planetarium with older kids (littles are only allowed in the first show of the day).
Night Owl Tip: Parking is free but finding a spot in the lot isn't easy. Park at the bottom and take a Lyft up or be prepared to take a little trek up the hill.
2800 East Observatory Rd.
Park at a Drive-In
Vineland Drive-In is proof that drive-in theaters not only still exist but are fun to boot! Pack up dinner or snacks (or opt to visit the concession stand), adjust your car stereo and let your kids see how movies were watched in the good old days. Added bonus: Vineland Drive-In is known for its double features—two movies in one night?! A cinema-loving kid’s dream come true.
443 N. Vineland Ave.
City of Industry
Try Laser Tag
Laser tag is a fun activity for older kids but even some younger kids like joining in on the excitement. It's sort of like playing hide and seek amidst fog and laser lights. While some places have a height requirement, others have an age requirement, so be sure to keep that in mind when selecting a place. Parents love Ultra Zone in Sherman Oaks for their great customer service and the arcade. Of course, being located on the boulevard next to lots of great eateries helps, too.
14622 Ventura Blvd.
Roll into Skate Night
Show your kids what it was like when you were growing up and head to Sun. night family skate night at Moonlight Rollaway roller skating rink in Glendale. Expect disco lights, great music and lots of laughs.
Night Owl Tip: Are the kids new to skating? They have Skate Mates (extra $5 to rent) so your kids can zoom and glide their way around the rink until the get comfortable.
5110 San Fernando Rd.
Take a Hike
Known for its once-a-month moonlight hikes, non-profit Tree People offers a fun and unique way to experience the trails of Coldwater Canyon. You'll see the Los Angeles skyline and maybe even some stars (the celestial kind). Dress in layers and bring water and a flashlight. Hikes are $5/person or free for members and three of their guests with membership fees starting at $25/year.
12601 Mulholland Dr.
Hit the Lanes
Whether you hit the lanes and enjoy the neon lights or you take in the phenomenon known as cosmic bowling, the bowling alley at Bowlero and Jewel City Bowl are two favorite places for a little family-friendly competition all while grabbing a bite to eat.
Night Owl Tip: Some bowling allies, such as Jewel City Bowl, will allow you to make reservations and even order food, online, days in advance.
Jewel City Bowl
135 S Glendale Ave.
12125 Venice Ave.
Play tourist for the evening and travel around the town by way of Starline Tours on a double-decker bus. Visit some of the landmarks the “City of Angels” is known for and afterward, stop at one of LA's iconic eateries.
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Dine Al Fresco
Thanks to the great weather, many LA restaurants offer year-round patio seating. Despite what television suggests, dinner under the stars isn’t just for romantics. Even kids will get a kick out of eating their favorite foods while people watching and star gazing. Don’t miss our favorite outdoor dining spots for dining with the kids.
Sleep at a Museum
The only thing more fun than a sleepover is one that takes place at the museum. A fun blend of education, fun, and even lions, dinosaurs or sharks, these overnight outings often involve more excitement than sleep.
Night Owl Tip: If you aren't ready to send your precious tike off to a sleepover fret not! Parents are required at these family outings.
See a Show
Whether it’s a musical, play or concert, there’s something special about seeing a live performance. Here in Los Angeles, a city steeped in the arts, there are a variety of shows that cater to various ages and artistic tastes. Check out our fave places to see a live theater experience.
Play at the Pier
The Santa Monica Pier is bustling at night and the ferris wheel is even more fun when ridden against the backdrop of the ocean and city all aglow. Walk along the boardwalk enjoying games, rides, and amusement park foods alongside the soundtrack of ocean waves and happy people.
Night Owl Tip: It can get a little chilly at night especially alongside the ocean so be sure to dress the kiddos in layers.
200 Santa Monica Pier
Hit the Links
Zoom Around the Track
Indoor go-kart racetracks are a great outing for a kid who loves to live life in the fun lane. There are also outdoor racetracks like Speed Zone, which stays open til 10p.m. most night, allowing kids to get behind the wheels and feel the wind in their faces, even at night.
17871 Castleton St.
City of Industry
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—Krishann Briscoe & Andie Huber