9 Things to do in Hermosa Beach with Kids

Hermosa Beach has been described as having a mellow, low-key kind of vibe. You’ll find plenty of family-friendly things to do in this city that is home to surfers, volleyball players, and beach enthusiasts.

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9 Things to do in Hermosa Beach with Kids

Photo courtesy of Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce

Farmers Markets
Farmer Mark, Hermosa Beach on the Hermosa Beach Pier and
Hermosa Beach Certified Farmers Market
11th and Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Hermosa Beach is home to two different weekly Farmers Markets. On Wednesdays, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, head to the Pier for Farmer Mark. You’ll find more than 40 vendors offering produce, prepared foods, and more. And on Fridays, there’s another Farmers Market open from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 11th and Valley.

South Bay Art Department
1075 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

At the South Bay Art Department, everyone is an artist, and there is no right or wrong way to make art. They offer a variety of classes and programs, for children (ages 5 and up) as well as adults. They also host “pARTy” events here too, where your guests are given instruction and materials and then go home with their own original art work.

Hermosa Beach Library
550 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

The Hermosa Beach Library is a part of the County of Los Angeles Library system.  It’s a relatively small library, but you’ll still find a variety of special programs and offerings here. They host weekly story times for young ones, as well as special shows (including magic shows and puppet shows), activities for teens (Robotics), and more. Check the website for a listing of upcoming events. (Note, the Library is closed on Sundays and Mondays).

Fort Lots-O-Fun Park
Corner of Prospect Ave. and Sixth St., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

A perfect name for a park! At this small, neighborhood park you’ll find a children’s playground, picnic tables, and lots of shade. There are no swings, but there is a playground structure for climbing and a slide. And at the top of the slide, you’ll be able to view the ocean.

Hermosa Beach Pier
1 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Whether you want to people-watch or ocean-watch, the Hermosa Beach Pier is the place to do it. In addition to the weekly Farmers Market held each Wednesday, the Pier also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year.

Play Hive
307 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Play Hive is an indoor play space featuring a reading corner, a soft place space for babies, and a play structure for toddlers (although they do also have an outdoor play area too). Kids will enjoy the ball pit, train table, a dress-up area, and more. They host Open Play sessions, Private Play Sessions, Birthday Parties, and classes (including art and toddler soccer). 

Valley Park
2521 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach, CA

Valley Park includes 5.33 acres, making it one of the largest and most popular parks in Hermosa Beach. Here you’ll find basketball courts, a fire pit, free parking, a large grassy field, and a playground.  Special seasonal events are held in this park as well, including “Movie in the Park” and “Shakespeare by the Sea.”

Hermosa Beach Historical Society
Hermosa Beach Museum
710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

To get a sense of the history of Hermosa Beach, make sure to visit the Hermosa Beach Museum. The Museum’s exhibits include artifacts related to several of the city’s landmarks, music, as well as the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame. The Museum is open Saturday and Sunday, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The Beach
Pier Ave. and Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA

You really can’t spend time in Hermosa Beach without going to the beach. Whether your family has little ones or teens, there’s something for everyone to do at the beach. Pack a picnic, sand toys, books, a kite, a football — there’s no end to the possibilities. Or, get up and get moving and go for a walk, a bike ride, or roller skate.

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Wendy is a freelance writer who finds inspiration in her nine-year-old son and from her experiences from her twelve-year teaching career. Her writing has appeared in several publications and anthologies, both in print and online. She prefers sunflowers to roses and thinks chocolate is okay at any meal. You can find her at wendykennar.com.


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