West Hollywood (also known as WeHo) is a city that celebrates its diversity. It is conveniently located near Beverly Hills, Museum Row, and Hollywood. There is a lot to do whether you’re in the mood to learn, play, shop, eat, or explore.
West Hollywood Park
647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048
The West Hollywood Park is adjacent to the Library and across the street from the Pacific Design Center. At this large park, you’ll find large grassy areas, two playground areas (one for younger children and one for older children), basketball courts,tennis courts, and a swimming pool. Throughout the year, the West Hollywood Park also hosts different special events.
West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
The West Hollywood Library is 32,000 square feet and was remodeled about five years ago. It offers special story times for children as well as periodic art exhibits and other special events. The Library houses a “Family Place;” a center where caregivers can receive information and resources to assist them in raising children. You’ll also find a Homework Center here as well.
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
While kids may not be impressed by the design options available at the Pacific Design Center, they may still enjoy wandering around the grounds. The “Blue Whale” (aka the large blue building) was built in 1975. Next came the green building and the red building. The 2-acre outdoor plaza features beautiful landscaping and fountains.
Santa Monica Boulevard
between LaBrea Ave. and San Vicente Blvd.
If your kids are fans of the movie Cars, then make some time to explore Santa Monica Boulevard, a part of the historic Route 66. The approximately two-mile stretch through West Hollywood is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops (some more child-appropriate than others). However, the most important message families will see is the one encouraging all to be themselves and live their lives truly and authentically.
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House
835 N. Kings Rd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Take a look at the Schindler House and ask your kids to compare and contrast it with your own house. Today it is considered the birthplace of Southern California Modernism. The Schindler House is open Wednesday through Sunday (11:00 am to 6:00 pm). Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for students, but free admission is offered on Friday afternoons (from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) as well as on R.M. Schindler’s birthday (September 10th).
Kings Road Park
1000 N. Kings Rd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Kings Road Park is a small neighborhood park — a break away from the hustle and bustle. Kids will enjoy the small playground and be excited to find a small waterfall within this park. Most visitors describe it as “peaceful” and “serene.”
8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Book Soup describes itself as the “Bookseller to the Great and Infamous.” In business since 1975, you’ll find much that catches your eye among their floor to ceiling shelves. (There are over 60,000 titles after all). Book Soup hosts a variety of author events, offers many autographed books, and has a special kids section as well.
7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Plummer Park features tennis courts, basketball courts, and a large children’s play area. Plummer Park also hosts the Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market each Monday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. You’ll find flowers, fruits and vegetables, and much more.
8351 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Carney’s advertises itself as “probably the best hamburgers and hot dogs in the world.” Located on the famous Sunset Strip and founded in 1975, kids (and adults) will be utterly charmed by eating their meal inside an old yellow Pacific Railroad passenger train. In addition to hamburgers, hot dogs, and French Fries, they also offer salads and sandwiches. And don’t forget to save room for dessert — frozen, chocolate-dipped bananas! (As a side-note, I’ve been coming here since I was a kid, long before I could even see over the counter!)
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