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Favorite Kid-Friendly Activities in Los Angeles

Destination(s): Los Angeles

Written by Kristi Marcelle and Cagney Jarvis for Ciao Bambino.

With temperate weather and year-round activities, Los Angeles is a perfect vacation destination. Families should know that the LA area is sprawling and the best way to approach sightseeing is to divide and conquer. Rent a car, figure out what you want to do, and plan accordingly. Do you want beach, museums, or nature?

The beauty of Los Angeles is that there are many diverse and interesting experiences and attractions within driving distance for a day trip. Note, traffic and parking are notoriously horrible—plan for just 1-2 activities per day. Disneyland, of course, is a main kid-friendly attraction, but is located in Orange County and subsequently excluded from list.

Note: Be sure to read the Day Notes for the kid-friendly details on recommended attractions.

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Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

  • 200 Santa Monica Pier
  • Ocean Ave. at the end of Colorado Blvd., Santa Monica
  • tel:+1 310 458 8900
  • Visit website
  • Santa Monica, 90401
La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea Tar Pits

  • 5801 Wilshire Boulevard
  • tel:+1 323 934 7243 (Museum)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90036
Griffith Park

Griffith Park

  • 4730 Crystal Springs Drive
  • Hollywood; entrances are along Los Feliz Blvd., at Riverside Dr., Vermont Ave., and Western Ave
  • tel:323/913-4688
  • Visit website
  • Hollywood, 90028
Exposition Park

Exposition Park

  • Exposition Park Drive
  • National History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • tel:+1 213 763 3466
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90007
Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

  • 1151 Oxford Rd
  • San Marino
  • tel:626/405-2100
  • Visit website
  • San Marino, 91108
Farmers Market and The Grove

Farmers Market and The Grove

  • 6333 W. 3rd St
  • At Fairfax Ave, Hollywood
  • tel:888/315-8883
  • Visit website
  • Hollywood, 90036
Los Angeles Zoo

Los Angeles Zoo

  • 5333 Zoo Dr
  • Griffith Park
  • tel:(323) 644-4200
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 91203
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

  • 900 Exposition Blvd
  • Exposition Park
  • tel:213/763-DINO (213/763-3466)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90007
Travel Town Museum

Travel Town Museum

  • 5200 Zoo Drive
  • Griffith Park
  • tel:(323) 662-5874
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90027
IMAX California Science Center

IMAX California Science Center

  • California Science Center
  • 700 State Drive
  • tel:+1 213 744 7400
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90037
Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • 6801 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Hollywood Blvd., between Gower St. and La Brea Ave.; and Vine St., between Yucca St. and Sunset Blvd
  • tel:323/469-8311
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90028
California Science Center

California Science Center

  • 700 State Dr
  • Exposition Park
  • tel:323/724-3623
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90007
Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

  • 6925 Hollywood Blvd
  • Between Highland and La Brea Aves
  • tel:323/464-8111
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90028