Updated for 2022
If you’ve got teenagers, you’re probably looking for new and fun things to do together. The old favorite activities your family used to rely on may no longer capture their attention. Quick! Find something new!
We’ve found a bunch of fun things to do with Teens in Los Angeles, if they’ll let you hang out with them… We looked for things all over SoCal and with different interests in mind. Enjoy!
Rock Climbing – There are several indoor rock climbing gyms in Los Angeles for kids and teens to learn how to climb in Los Angeles.
Sender One Climbing
Multiple locations including
11220 Hindry Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Sender One Climbing has climbing, yoga classes, youth classes and a summer camp.
11866 La Grange Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Rockreation offers climbing, cross-training, bouldering, classes and a youth climbing team.
Top Out Climbing
26332 Ferry Court, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Top Out Climbing has fitness and yoga and youth climbing teams in their 11,500 square-foot facility.
Parasailing – One of those only-in-L.A. types of activities offering incredible views!
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Marina del Rey Parasailing
13717 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA
Marina del Rey Parasailing offers rides at either 500 or 800 feet, and can accommodate two or three people at a time. Participants can choose to stay dry or get their feet wet. You’ll be treated to incredible views of the Santa Monica Bay including the Pier, Venice Beach, and Malibu. And if you’re lucky, you may even see some dolphins! Reservations are required.
423 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, CA
Families can also parasail out of Long Beach with California Parasail (which also has locations in Lake Tahoe, Dana Point, and Newport Beach). Flights can accommodate 1-3 people at a time and all participants have the option to stay dry if they prefer. Be sure to ask about the Birthday Special – a buy one get one free flight for the birthday person and a guest. Reservations may be made online.
Enrichment Classes and Programs – After school and/or weekend enrichment classes and programs are a great way for teens to further their experience and knowledge in an area they feel passionate about.
Youth Enrichment Classes
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
several locations including
8015 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester, CA 90045
The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles offers a wide-range of youth enrichment classes. Whether your teen is just beginning to express an interest in a certain area or is looking to further his/her knowledge and skills, YMCA offers classes in dance, music, creative and performing arts, fitness, and more. Different classes may be offered at different branches; check the website for details.
The Groundlings – Online Teen Classes
The famous Groundlings Theatre and School now offers online improv training for teens (14-18) and tweens (10-13). Teen Improv Camps are a five-day program with the last day being an opportunity for families and friends to join the class online for the last 30 minutes. Each class is limited to 12 students. Details are available online.
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Horseback Riding – another fun way to see Los Angeles!
LA Horse Rentals
1850 Riverside Dr., Glendale, CA 91201
LA Horse Rentals offers a variety of tours, ranging from one to two hours, all providing picturesque views. Horse rides are offered for all experience levels. Helmets are required for all riders under 18, and are optional for adults. Reserve your ride online.
Sunset Ranch Hollywood
3400 N. Beachwood Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068
A guided horseback ride is set to give you the “best view in Hollywood.” Tours are either one or two hours in duration. Rides are offered for all experience levels.(A few rules — Helmets are required. Maximum weight allowed is 240 pounds.) Reserve your spot online.
Virtual Reality and More – A chance to step into and experience another environment
Two Bit Circus
634 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Two Bit Circus, the World’s First Micro-Amusement Park located in Downtown LA, is great for teens (and parents!). “Experience the nostalgia of a carnival and the excitement of a theme park, all smashed together with the latest and greatest in gaming technology.” Teens can experience virtual reality games, go through a story room, enjoy the arcade and eat carnival-inspired food. It’s free to get in, but all activities require a game card that can be purchased upon entry and refilled as needed. Two Bit Circus can host private birthday parties and has happy hour most days for adults.
Disclosure: MomsLA was hosted for an evening for review purposes.
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067
Dreamscape offers teens the choice of several Virtual Reality adventures including “Dragons Flight Academy” and “MIB: First Assignment” to name just a couple. Details and tickets are available online.
Simulated Skydiving – when you’re not quite ready for the real thing
iFly Indoor Skydiving
Universal City Walk
Universal City, CA
So maybe your teens are thrill-seekers and you’re not quite ready to make the same leap. At iFly Indoor Skydiving, you can find the middle ground. “Indoor skydiving is the simulation of true freefall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel.” Parents will feel more at ease knowing there is no actual jumping or falling, and no prior experience is needed to enjoy the experience. Check the website for details.
2091 Goetz Rd., Perris, CA 92570
If you’re not quite ready to do the real thing, or watch as your teen does it, then Skydive Perris is a good alternative. They offer an indoor skydiving experience that “mimics free fall without requiring a jump from an airplane.” The Indoor Skydiving Wind Tunnel creates a “wall-to-wall cushion of air that you can freely and safely float upon.”
Escape rooms, also known as Maze Rooms, or Escape Games, are a popular form of interactive entertainment, and can be a great family activity when you have Teens. The goal is to work together to solve a puzzle or a mystery as a team to find your way out of the room.
The Escape Game LA
Westfield Century City Mall Space 2945, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90067
At The Escape Game LA, you and your team will enter a highly immersive, multi-room set where you’ll crack codes, uncover clues, and solve puzzles. Our games are collaborative, tactile, story-driven, and about more than just escaping, they are adventures. This location offers 4 different games to choose from, including Special Ops: Mysterious Market, The Heist, The Depths, and Prison Break.
Maze Rooms Los Angeles
several locations including
132 S. Vermont Ave. Unit 204, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Participants work together as a team to use their quick-thinking, available tools and clues, and solve puzzles enabling you to find keys to unlock the room. All rooms are equipped with cameras and microphones and escape room operators can be accessed at any time. Different themed rooms are available at different locations.
60Out Escape Rooms
Multiple locations including
1333 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA
The different locations of 60Out offer different themed escape rooms, with different degrees of difficulty as well. Do keep in mind that different locations of 60Out have different rules when it comes to participants under the age of 18. Details are available online.
Related: Escape Rooms in Los Angeles
Go Kart Racing – your teen might be eager to drive, and you might be a little less eager to have them driving. Instead, enjoy a day of go-kart racing.
K1 Speed Torrance
Multiple locations including
19038 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena, CA 90248
Families can visit this popular spot for indoor go-kart racing where you’ll find electric karts and indoor tracks.
MB2 Raceway Indoor Go-Karting
13943 Balboa Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342
MB2 Indoor Go-Karting offers high-speed race simulations. To race the adult karts, riders must be 12 years old and 57 inches tall. Junior karts are available as well which means this is a fun activity for the whole family. Details are available online.
Amusement Parks – one of those timeless activities. Whether your teen has a favorite movie franchise, enjoys extreme thrill rides, or both, you’re certain to find an amusement park everyone in the family can agree on.
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are the places if your teens have a favorite franchise (or two) — Star Wars at Disneyland and Avengers at California Adventure. Not to mention timeless classic rides like Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
Six Flags Magic Mountain offers a large assortment of “thrill rides.” Wonder Woman Flight of Courage opens Summer 2022 and is described as the “tallest and longest single-rail coaster on the planet!” Ticket information is available online.
Get Moving – a chance to get your teen away from a screen
5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204
If it’s been a while since your teen last put on their roller skates/blades, plan an outing to Moonlight Rollerway. This fun spot hosts different special events as well as free skate sessions. Skates may also be rented on-site. Details are available online.
Trapeze School New York (TSNY) – Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA
At TSNY students learn flying trapeze and aerial arts. Different classes are offered including Flying Trapeze, Silks (aerial fabric), and Static Trapeze to name a few. All details can be found on their website.
Mo’s House of Axe
611 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles 90005
Parents of Tweens and Teens know that it’s a challenge to find activities you can all enjoy, or it may be a challenge to persuade your kids to join you for family activities at this age. Sometimes the cooler the activity is, the easier it is to persuade them. And it doesn’t get much cooler than throwing axes. Mo’s has 20 axe-throwing bays you can reserve, plus it’s a great restaurant with a menu for the whole family. Read our full review of Mo’s House of Axe here.
Studio Tour — We’re super lucky in L.A. that we have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and get an up-close look at how some of our favorite shows and movies are made.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
3400 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
There’s a whole new energy involved when you glimpse some of the behind-the-scenes involved in making some of the shows and movies your family knows so well. Be sure to check out our post New Warner Bros. Studio Tour to give you an idea of the things you’ll see and do on the tour.
Paramount Pictures Studio Tour
5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038
A tour of Paramount Pictures allows you to see “Hollywood’s original movie studio” up-close. Currently, Studio Tours are on hold out of an abundance of caution. Keep checking the website to learn when tours will be offered again.
Take in a Game — here in Los Angeles, we’re super fortunate to have the chance to cheer on many top teams, in multiple sports.
1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
At Crypto.com Arena (previously known as Staples Center), families can root for our Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Los Angeles Sparks. But if you’re not a basketball fan, you can also cheer on our L.A. Kings during hockey season.
1000 Vin Scully Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90012
2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806
And if you’re a baseball fan, you can root for the Dodgers and/or the Angels.
Celebrity Sightings — well, maybe not exactly. But a visit to a Wax Museum will get you pretty close!
Hollywood Wax Museum
6767 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
The Hollywood Wax Museum is the longest running wax museum in the United States. A visit to this popular museum is a fun way to mingle and pose among the stars! Grab your phones and start snapping some fun selfies!
6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Madame Tussauds is described as the “world’s greatest wax museum.” Inside, this popular spot is divided into “zones,” meaning every member of the family is sure to find a representation of someone they admire. Zones include the Pop Icons Room (such as Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson), Modern Classics (where you can “recreate” some famous movie scenes, and the Golden Age of Cinema (featuring Charlie Chaplin and Judy Garland), among others.
Shopping and More — so many families are shopping online. Which means going out shopping has to be more than simply shopping. It needs to be an event in itself.
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
Make shopping an event with a trip to The Americana. Popular stores include Barnes and Noble, Apple, and H&M to name just a few. You can also enjoy a meal, take in a movie, and, if your teens will indulge you, enjoy a family ride on The Trolley.
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
This shopping center has it all. There are many dining options (including California Pizza Kitchen, Dave & Busters, and the Hard Rock Cafe to name a few) as well as a bowling alley (Lucky Strike), and many specialty shops (Footlocker, Forever 21, and Sephora). You’ll also find the Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards). Families can even take a guided tour of the Dolby Theatre (details are available online).
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).
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