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Exploring El Segundo With Kids: Insider Tips 2024

Updated for 2024

El Segundo has a small-town feel within the big city. Translating the Spanish to English, “El Segundo” means “the second,” but we think you’ll find it’s first-rate! There are many family-friendly things to do in this small seaside city adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport.

It’s known for being home to the Chevron Oil Refinery, but also for its charming downtown, beautiful beach, and great shops and restaurants. Once home to many aerospace companies, El Segundo is the place some tech start-ups and new-economy companies call home now, along with the 16,000+ residents. If you haven’t been lately, it’s time!

red vintage car at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, California
photo at the Automobile Driving Museum

14 Things to Do in El Segundo

208 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245

ESMoA (which stands for El Segundo Museum of Art) describes itself as “not a museum, but an art laboratory.” Their hours vary, 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 their current hours and a list of upcoming activities.

Hilltop Park and Pool
Corner of Maryland St. 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 the 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, which offers a variety of classes and programs for children.

Recreation Park
401 Sheldon St., El Segundo, CA

If you’re looking for an El Segundo park that offers a lot of choices, head to Recreation Park. There your family can enjoy racquetball, lawn bowling, tennis, basketball, and roller hockey. And there are lots of open, green areas that are perfect for games of tag and picnics.

Scooter’s Jungle
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” and private parties.

El Segundo Beach
Vista Del Mar and W. Grand Ave., El Segundo, CA 90293

El Segundo Beach is generally less crowded than some of its more popular neighboring beaches (there is a large oil refinery nearby), such as Manhattan Beach and Playa Del Rey. 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.

The Zimmerman 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, and 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 certain Sundays, they offer rides in some of the Museum’s cars. Check the website for all details.

Related: 15 Car Museums in Southern California

Clutter’s Park
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 there. 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 serves 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 and 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; “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 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 Performance 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,” since it’s located at the company headquarters. Yes, this is where Barbie was born. Check the website for current hours.

Hang Gliding Lessons
Dockweiler Beach, 12501 Vista del Mar, Los Angeles, CA 90293

Looking for adventure? Take a lesson with Wind Sports Hang Gliding School at Dockweiler Beach Hang Gliding Park overlooking the ocean. You can take a mini 2-hour lesson or a full day, 4-hour lesson where you hang glide 7 times! Pack a picnic and hang out at Dockweiler State Beach for the day.

hang gliding lessons on dockweiler beach
hang gliding lessons at Dockweiler Beach

Where to Stay in El Segundo

If you’re visiting the area and need accommodations, there are plenty of places to stay in El Segundo. Here are a few ideas:

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 where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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