Are your kids getting those winter ants in the pants? Pack up the fam for a day and drive on up to Los Angeles. We’ve put together a list of the hottest places to see and to eat with your little ones. From kid-friendly restaurants to museums to outdoor and indoor play spaces, there is plenty to do with your brood in the City of Angels!
Places to See with Kids in Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier:
Built in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier has been a destination for families for over 100 years. Even if you aren’t impressed by its history, you’ll still pass an easy afternoon at this beachfront amusement park with plenty of activities and the blue Pacific at your fingertips. Your kids can kick in the sand, search for dolphins or hit the nearby playground, located just south of the pier with plenty of swings, monkey bars, balance beams and more. Plus, there are always plenty of characters to watch—jugglers, roller skaters and more. Read more..
If you’re in need of green space to let your kids go wild, then you’re in luck. Los Angeles is home to the largest municipal park in the United States: Griffith Park. Yep, it’s more than just the home of the Hollywood sign, the 4,000 plus acres are filled with a nearly endless amount of activities from hiking to museums. After the two hour car ride (sometimes three, depending on traffic), your kids will have plenty of space to run around and enjoy the outdoors. Read more..
Los Angeles Arboretum:
Take the kids on an botanic adventure! Get wild and get lost in the beautiful and expansive Arboretum of Los Angeles. Open daily in Arcadia, The Arboretum and Botanic Garden is home to 232 varieties of birds, and thousands of plants, and fantastic historic buildings, and lots and lots of peacocks. Have a dinosaur lover? Pack a picnic and pay a to visit the prehistoric/tropical jungle section by the lake. Little train enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the perfectly preserved Santa Anita Depot. Read more..
Catalina Island with Kids:
Take your little explorers on an adventure! 22 miles offshore from Los Angeles lies Santa Catalina Island, a tiny island with some big sized kid-friendly charm. Buffalo, brought over in 1924 for a cowboy film, still roam the interior, sea lions guard the bays, and the rocky beaches are perfect for exploring. This perfect day trip or getaway destination is easily reached by ferry service from Long Beach, San Pedro or Newport Beach. Read more..
Fun Activities for Los Angeles Kids
The Best Museums for Kids in Los Angeles:
Los Angeles has a wealth of fantastic museums to visit with your children, whether it’s exploring art at one of the MOCA locations or checking out the rotating exhibits at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station galleries. But, for a surefire attention-grabber, the following museums are excellent destinations for young tykes. Nothing entices learning for a little one like interactive exhibits, cool experiments and plenty of wow factor. Read more..
Los Angeles Indoor Playgrounds:
No, the weather isn’t perfect in Los Angeles 365 days of the year. Winter means rainy days and wet playgrounds and the dead of summer equals blazing hot sun and overheated kiddos. Luckily, indoor play spaces abound so when the weather refuses to cooperate, you don’t have to stay locked up at home with a crazed little banshee. And with locations throughout Los Angeles, there’s sure to be a great indoor spot close to home. Unless otherwise noted, all play centers charge a $9 entrance fee for children with adults free. Memberships are available at some places for frequent players and many also host fabulous birthday parties. Read more..
Santa Monica Playhouse:
This family-oriented theater is a perfect pick for kid-friendly live performances. Their “Family Theater” program includes old-fashioned musical reviews and fairy tale sing- alongs. Birthday parties and children’s workshops are also available. Read more..
The Geffen Playhouse Saturday Scene:
From noble crayons to musical pirates, this iconic theater takes on the toddler crowd with Saturday Scene featuring kid-friendly original works that will inspire even the youngest of live theater enthusiasts. Geared to introduce children ages two and up to the magical world of theater and music, original works are written and produced by some of the top artists in children’s entertainment. Read more..
Places to Eat for Los Angeles Kids
Treehouse Social Club:
This restaurant is a favorite of celebrities like Nicole Richie, who recently threw her daughter Harlow’s birthday at this chic Robertson Boulevard spot. But beyond the celeb-kudos, it’s a beautiful and fun space that’s centered around a giant tree house and has plenty of space for kids to work out their crazies before settling down to eat. And did we mention that the food is delicious? The kid’s selection include cinnamon French toast and polka dot pancakes and caregivers can dine on omelets and breakfast burritos. Read more..
Pizza Fusion is well known for providing gluten-free pizza crust to smiling kids. They use a mixture of garbanzo bean, fava bean, and rice flour for the crust as well as gluten-free sauce and cheese. Don’t forget the melt-in-your-mouth gluten-free brownies on the way out the door. Read more..
Choose from breakfast crepes stuffed with ham, bacon, eggs and cheddar, savory ones with chicken, mozzarella, and pesto to spicier bites like the Southwestern which packs chipotle chicken, cheddar, grilled onions and peppers in the crepe. And of course, there are plenty of sweet options to indulge from classics like butter and sugar to strawberry, banana and whipped cream delights. Best of all, Crepes Bonaparte offers the option of whole wheat and gluten-free batters in addition to the regular white flour crepe. Read more..
A great pick for breakfast! With it’s mouth-watering menu of items like Hawaiian Bread Cinnamon French Toast Sticks, tiny buttermilk pancake bites with rotating monthly flavors (the red velvet is sinfully good), homemade donuts and flaky buttermilk biscuits, and fresh baked pastries, this truck is sure to delight the entire fam. Read more.
Swanky, trendy, tasty and kid-friendly. Swork in Eagle Rock is our kind of place. It’s nice to be able to treat your senses while letting the kids play. Sworkland is the cheerful, well-stocked play area in this Pasadena-area coffee shop. In our world, a properly caffeinated mom is a happy mom, and a happy mom makes things better for all involved. This quaint little coffee shop, wired with free WiFi, has what parents need and what the kids want: a moment of peace. Read more..