Translating the Spanish to English, “El Segundo” means “the second.” You’ll find many family-friendly things to do in this small seaside city adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport.
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208 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245
ESMoA describes itself as “not a museum, but an art laboratory.” It is open Friday through Sunday (10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day), and free admission is offered to visitors. ESMoA offers several family-friendly activities including “Family Day,” “Play,” “Read,” and the “Kids Drawing Club.” Check the website for a list of upcoming activities.
Hilltop Park and Pool
corner of Maryland Street and Grand Ave., El Segundo, CA
Hilltop Park invites families to enjoy its picnic area and playground. During the summer months, the park also has a swimming pool. Kids will also enjoy the view of nearby Los Angeles International Airport.
Plaza El Segundo
760 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245
With the holidays quickly approaching, head to Plaza El Segundo for your shopping needs. You’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants at this outdoor shopping center, as well as Wondertree Kids, which offers a variety of classes and programs for children. Plaza El Segundo is hosting several special holiday events including the “Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt” as well as the annual “Tree Lighting Ceremony” both happening on Friday, November 18th.
401 Sheldon St., El Segundo, CA
If you’re looking for an El Segundo park that offers a lot of choices, then head to Recreation Park. Here your family can enjoy racquetball, lawn bowling, tennis, basketball, and roller hockey. And there are lots of open, green areas — perfect for games of tag and/or a picnic.
606 Hawaii St., El Segundo, CA 90245
Scooter’s Jungle is a tropical-themed indoor play space. Kids will have fun with giant super slides, large inflatables, games, and more. As a bonus, many of the attractions are suitable for adult use as well. Choose from two play areas — the Ultimate Arena (for ages 6 and up) and the Village Arena (for ages 1-8). They offer Open Play times (check the online calendar for availability) with special activities such as “Toddler Time” designed for children 6 and under as well as “Family Fun Events” as well as private parties.
The Lakes at El Segundo
400 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245
The Lakes at El Segundo is a popular 9-hole golf course. It’s a great spot for families who are looking to get in some practice time or who are just starting out in the sport of golf. Practice on the driving range, do some putting, and when you’ve worked up an appetite head inside to the Fairway Cafe. They also offer lessons and clinics as well as a junior golf program.
El Segundo Beach
Vista Del Mar and W. Grand Ave., El Segundo, CA
El Segundo Beach generally is less crowded than some of its more popular neighbor beaches such as Manhattan Beach and Playa Del Rey. (There is a large oil refinery nearby). At the beach, you’ll find a paved bike path as well as volleyball courts. Pack a picnic, a kite, and some balls and enjoy a rarity — an uncrowded beach in Southern California.
Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 90245
Families who are interested in cars should definitely make a point to visit the Automobile Driving Museum. You’ll find over 100 vintage and antique automobiles out on display. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. The Museum’s purpose is to “preserve automotive history, interpret the historical significance, educate our guests.” In addition, kids will have fun with a scavenger hunt, playing in a special area with cars and Legos, as well as climbing into two cars on display. On Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, rides are offered in some of the Museum’s cars. (Admission is $10 for adults, children 10-17 are $5, and children under 10 are free).
423 E. Imperial Ave. at Sheldon Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
At this popular spot, kids will be treated to views of airplanes as they prepare to take off and land at Los Angeles International Airport. Clutter Park isn’t a park in the usual sense, meaning you won’t find playground equipment here. But you can stroll along and sit on benches and marvel at the planes. Pack some snacks and stay awhile.
Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond St., El Segundo, CA 90245
Old Town Music Hall is a popular venue in El Segundo. It shows vintage movies (both silent films and those with sound) as well as serving as a venue for live concerts. Additionally, a 1925 Mighty Wurlitzer wind-powered pipe organ accompanies all silent films. Upcoming films include a “Laurel and Hardy Festival” as well as the classic holiday film Miracle on 34th Street. Check the website for a complete schedule.
El Segundo Public Library
111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245
The El Segundo Public Library is open six days a week (closed on Sundays). The Library hosts a variety of special events including “Concerts in the Library,” a free program on the third Saturday of each month, as well as “Drop-In Lobby Events,” a weekday arts and craft activity, as well as special programs for kids (including story times, Library Club, and a Teen Program). The Library is also adjacent to Library Park, a small, pleasant park featuring a rose garden and gazebo. It’s an ideal spot to set out a blanket and read through some of those recently checked-out library books!
Toyota Sports Center
555 N. Nash St., El Segundo, CA 90245
The Toyota Sports Center is the official training center for our L.A. Sparks, Lakers, and Kings. It is open to the public seven days a week and offers several activities. Families can take advantage of public skate time, and they also offer different camps and clinics here. There is also an onsite pro shop and a full-service restaurant on-site.
The Mattel Toy Store
333 Continental Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245
You might want to visit The Mattel Toy Store without the kids so you can get some holiday shopping done. Shopping at The Mattel Toy Store allows you to buy some of your kids’ favorites “straight from the source.” They are open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Check the website for weekly promotions.