Best Toddler Play Areas in Los Angeles
There are so many things to do in Los Angeles with kids, but not all of them are appropriate for active babies and moving toddlers. Here are some clean, safe, toddler-friendly places to take your little ones this fall.
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Lemontree Kids Café
621 S Western Ave, Ste 111
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tucked away in the heart of Koreatown, this café is a must see for little ones. The play area is indoors with toys for all ages (mainly 8 months to 5 years). There is a reading nook, play kitchens, cars, scooters, walkers, toys galore and much more. In the back corner there is a ball pit, slide, trampoline, tunnels for kids to crawl through and a play area just for kids. Every 15 minutes a staff member turns on the merry-go-round for kids to ride and at the top of the hour a train goes round. While families enjoy the food in the restaurant area, parents can watch their kids play on monitors throughout the restaurant. Lemontree café is a place that you can take your kids and feel at ease since it’s an enclosed space. You can see your child from practically every location.
189 The Grove Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Grove is a hub of toddler friendly activities for parents who want a safe space to take an active toddler. Besides people watching, The Grove has a huge lawn with free blankets that your family can borrow. On the weekends there is live music and activities near and around the lawn area. Your little one can ride the trolley around The Grove; shop with you at child-friendly stores like American Girl and Nordstrom; or you can simply let them run free on the lawn while munching on Wetzel’s Pretzels and Pressed Juicery Ice Cream. This is a one-stop shop for parents with little ones who need space to run around with many options for fun activities a store or stand away.
Skirball Noah’s Art Exhibit
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90049
This entire exhibit is thoughtful, creative and SO child friendly. The entire exhibit is interactive and there is something for your little one(s) of all ages. There are tunnels to crawl through, wooden animals to send into the Ark, rain making stations, craft areas, a kitchen for eating, and SO MUCH MORE. This exhibit will not only keep your little busy but inspire her to use her imagination and her motor skills. Just outside of the exhibit there is an outdoor amphitheater for music and performances during the day. It’s also a great space for your little one to get the wiggles out while you eat lunch and enjoy the California sun. Finally, as if all of that were not enough, on the roof of the museum is an archaeological dig for toddlers and kids to go and sift through sand to find old clay pieces. Each child gets their own station and there is an expert archaeologist to help them with their discoveries. The Skirball Museum is a great place for children of all ages to learn and play.
Virginia Ave Park
2200 Virginia Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Virginia Ave Park is a sanctuary for parents and toddlers alike. This park has something for every age. There is free parking, a large lawn (for running around), two playgrounds, picnic tables, BBQ grills, seasonal splash pad, indoor library, community rooms, basketball courts and weekly farmers market. This park can keep little ones busy with endless activities and changes of scenery wrapped into one easy location. On weekends, you will find families and parties spread out on picnic blankets with food, bubbles, and other outdoor toys. Virginia Ave Park is my go-to location when I have to take my little one out all day but don’t want to spend a lot of money or shuttle from place to place. We can read books at the library, picnic near the farmers market and then play on the swings all morning without having to leave the area!
601 Club View Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Holmby Park is tucked away in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This park is incredibly clean and both pet and child friendly. There is a small enclosed park for children with a seating area for parents. You can watch you kids play knowing that they are in a safe and confined area. There are restrooms, ample street parking and grassy lawn areas for picnics and outdoor fun activities. Perfect for families to come and spend the day.