Updated for 2023
It can be hard to figure out what to do in Los Angeles with kids because there are so many amazing things to see and experience in LA. We have compiled a list of fantastic things to do from Venice Beach to the California Science Center to the Hollywood Sign.
You’ll find great free things to do, educational spots that are cool and unusual, and touristy destinations that the entire family is sure to appreciate. Let’s help you make some great family memories you’ll savor for years to come! Here is our list of 100 awesome things to do in LA with kids.
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1. Ride the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier.
2. Visit Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.
3. Grab lunch at Grand Central Market, the oldest open-air market on the West Coast.
4. Check out the trains at the Travel Town Museum.
5. Shop on Olvera Street.
6. Go whale watching.
7. Enjoy a picnic at Los Angeles State Historic Park.
8. Explore the Ice Age at the La Brea Tar Pits.
9. Hang out in Malibu.
10. Take the family to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a special show.
11. See the stars at the Griffith Observatory.
12. Hike to the Hollywood Sign.
13. Bike around Griffith Park.
14. Visit the animals at the 133-acre Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
15. Learn about Old Hollywood at the Hollywood Museum.
16. Experience the Old West at the Autry Museum of the American West.
17. Catch a movie at the El Capitan Theatre.
18. Take a Warner Bros. Studio tour.
19. Go to one of LA’s many Farmers Markets.
20. Shop at an outdoor mall.
21. Take the Metro from Downtown to the Beach.
22. Take a Ride on Angels Flight, the shortest railway in the world.
23. Enjoy a performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
24. Catch a Dodgers Game.
25. Get a NexGen pass at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and enjoy free admission for you and your child.
26. Be amazed by the Watts Towers.
27. Walk around UCLA in Westwood.
28. Go to the Festival of Books at USC.
29. Read a book at The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA.
30. Take a stroll through the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
31. Ride bikes along the LA River.
32. Go car-free during CicLAvia.
33. Look for your favorite star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
34. Visit Little Tokyo.
35. See the Space Shuttle at the California Science Center.
36. Explore at the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks.
37. Take a Gondola Ride in the Venice Canals.
38. Go Shopping at The Grove.
39. Have lunch at The Original Farmers Market.
40. Enjoy afternoon Mommy and Me Tea.
41. Catch a Train at Union Station and walk around the historic building.
42. Learn about music at the GRAMMY Museum.
43. Find your favorite wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
44. Experience art and culture at the free Hammer Museum.
45. Discover local marine life at Roundhouse Aquarium.
46. See The Wizarding World of Harry Potter World at Universal Studios.
47. Hang out on Universal City Walk.
48. Learn about ecosystems and natural habitats at Madrona Marsh Preserve.
49. Visit the San Gabriel Mission.
50. Climb to the top of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.
51. Take a tour of Sony Pictures Studios.
52. Hike to the Skull Rock in Pacific Palisades’ Temescal Canyon.
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53. Camp in Malibu Creek State Park.
54. Visit the Battleship USS Iowa in San Pedro.
55. Take a Ferry to Catalina Island.
56. See marine life at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
57. Grab a burger and slice of pie at the historic Apple Pan.
58. Get a seasonal fruit donut at Donut Man in Glendora.
59. Enjoy a free day at a museum.
60. Explore the Skirball Cultural Center in Brentwood.
61. Splash in the fountains at Grand Park.
62. Visit the Chinese American Museum in Chinatown.
63. Go Rollerskating at Moonlight Rollerway.
64. Stop and smell the flowers at Descanso Gardens.
65. Visit Snoopy at Knott’s Berry Farm.
66. Tour the California African American Museum in Exposition Park.
67. Visit Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.
68. Learn about science at the Discovery Cube LA.
69. See the animals at STAR Eco Station Exotic Wildlife Rescue.
70. Visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
71. Stop by the North Hollywood “NoHo” Arts District and visit shops, art galleries, theatres and restaurants.
72. Take the family to the Great Wolf Lodge.
73. Play in the water at Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey.
74. Visit the gorgeous Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles.
75. Tour the historic Bradbury Building in Downtown LA.
76. Pick your own tomatoes at Underwood Family Farms.
77. Watch a polo match or take a hike at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades.
78. Travel to Greece and Rome at The Getty Villa.
79. Visit Sawtelle Japantown.
80. Explore Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.
81. Learn about space at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
82. Take a trolley tour of Beverly Hills.
83. Go Boating at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas.
84. Take a Horseback ride in Topanga.
85. Shop for produce at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.
86. Visit the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank.
87. Learn about aviation at Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying.
88. Take the kids skateboarding at the Venice Beach Skate Park.
89. Let the kids play grocery store at Pretend City Children’s Museum.
90. Make woodcrafts at the Sawdust Factory.
91. Honor Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
92. Enjoy baked goods at Porto’s Bakery and Cafe in Downey.
93. Go for a swim at the Annenberg Beach House pool.
94. Stroll through The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
95. Check out the Leimert Park Art Walk the last Sunday of the month.
96. Check out cool cars at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
97. Explore Koreatown.
98. Go Bowling at Lucky Strike at Hollywood & Highland.
99. Tour the Mission Inn Museum in Riverside.
100. And of course, visit Disneyland.