Don’t think that Malibu is only for the rich and famous. You’ll find plenty of family-friendly, affordable things to do in this scenic city that was once home to Chumash Indians.
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Family Fun in Malibu
When it comes to Malibu beaches, there is no shortage when it comes to choice. Whether you choose to explore Zuma Beach, Malibu Surfrider Beach, or Point Dume State Beach, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful coastline and fun family times.
23519 W. Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
Part of the Los Angeles County Library system, the Malibu Library is open seven days a week. They have a reading garden, a teen space, and a special children’s area. The Malibu Library also offers a variety of special events including story times, a speaker series, parent-child workshops, and more. (Check the website for more details about events and their scheduled times).
The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90272
Bring the family to The Getty Villa, and you may feel as if you’ve stepped back in time and onto another continent. As you wander, you’ll observe 7,000 years of ancient art — dating from the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman Empire. The Villa itself is designed as a recreation of an ancient Roman country house. Explore the wonders of ancient Greece and Rome in 23 galleries, each arranged by theme. In addition, the Family Forum provides hands-on opportunities for kids and parents to explore and play. The Getty Villa is closed Tuesdays. Admission is free, although an advance, timed-entry ticket is required and is available online. Parking is $15.
Malibu Sport Fishing Pier
23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
A visit to the Malibu Pier is a visit to an area that was once called the “Riviera of America.” From the Pier, you can watch the surfers at Surfrider Beach. There are also restaurants on either end of the Pier. It’s a calmer, less crowded alternative than the famous Santa Monica Pier.
Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263
The Center for the Arts hosts a variety of family-friendly performances throughout the year. Entertainers may include dancers, singers, and circus arts. Certain performances also include “Family Art” — hands-on activities designed for children after the show. In addition, the Center for the Arts offers backstage tours, meet-and-greets with the performers, food trucks, and more. (Certain activities may or may not be available for all performances. Check with the box office for detailed information for the day you plan to visit).
Malibu Bluffs Park
24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
This six-acre park offers picnic tables, a jogging path, a baseball diamond, a playground (designed for children 2-12), a multipurpose field, picnic areas, and a whale watching station.
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, CA 90265
You’ll find shopping and dining options aplenty here at the 90,000 square-foot Malibu Country Mart. In addition, children will enjoy the playground complete with swings, slides, and sand. While you shop, you’ll be surrounded by gardens, sculptures, and a variety of architectural styles.
Historic Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum
23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
You’ll get a sense of the history of Malibu when you stop for a visit at the Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum. The Museum’s site was once the home of Chumash Indians. Later, it became a private residence. Now, it is a National Historic Site, a California Historical Landmark, and a California State Park. The Adamson House features original furnishings, and the Malibu Lagoon Museum features artifacts, photos, and documents depicting Malibu’s history. Guided tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays. Adult admission is $7, children 6-16 are $2, and children 5 and under are free.
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
28128 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
The only restaurant in Malibu where it’s possible to put your feet in the sand as you dine. This famous, family-friendly eatery offers tables inside as well as some directly on the beach. It’s also a fun place to go for a special occasion or to bring out-of-town family members.
23500 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
Legacy Park isn’t like other parks (meaning you won’t find a large playground here). Instead, families will find a learning center, informational kiosks, and a cultural interpretive center. Legacy Park is also continuously working to improve the surrounding environment. Here, water quality is being improved, open space being preserved, and native habitat restored.
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