Whether you have family coming to Los Angeles from out of town and you want to give them an “only in L.A. type of experience,” or you simply want to play tourist in your own backyard, Hollywood Boulevard is a great place to do it. One of the best parts – you can park the car once and walk the whole stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that puts you in the heart of some of the most popular Hollywood attractions.
You’ll see some Hollywood History as well as the newest additions to the Blvd., and there will be a colorful cast of characters along the way. And don’t forget dining! There are plenty of restaurants and fast-food options on Hollywood Blvd., too, so you can plan to make a day of it for sure. Enjoy!
11 Family-Friendly Things to do on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Does anything say Hollywood quite like the Hollywood Walk of Fame? The Hollywood Walk of Fame is considered to be the world’s most famous sidewalk. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, as well as Vine Street, the famous Stars honor those who have made contributions in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Recording, Radio, and Live Theatre/Live Performance. While there are many notable individuals who have been honored with a star throughout the years, did you know there are quite a few fictional characters with their own stars? Looking for stars is a fun way to leisurely explore Hollywood Boulevard. (You can also search for a particular individual to learn where their star is located.) Here are a few, especially popular with families with young children, to be on the lookout for:
- Big Bird 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
- Bugs Bunny 7007 Hollywood Blvd.
- Donald Duck 6840 Hollywood Blvd.
- Godzilla 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
- Kermit the Frog 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
- Mickey Mouse 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
- Minnie Mouse 6834 Hollywood Blvd.
- The Muppets 6834 Hollywood Blvd.
- Shrek 6931 Hollywood Blvd.
- The Simpsons 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
- Snow White 6910 Hollywood Blvd.
- Snoopy 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
- Tinker Bell 6834 Hollywood Blvd.
- Winnie the Pooh 6834 Hollywood Blvd.
- Woody Woodpecker 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood Wax Museum
6767 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Hollywood Wax Museum is the longest running wax museum in the United States. A visit to this popular museum is a fun way to mingle and pose among the stars! Grab your phones and start snapping some fun selfies! ”Whether you’re walking the red carpet, laughing it up with comedic actors, or attending a star-studded party, the experience brings you inside Hollywood as an A-list pal.” All Access Passes are available which provide you with admission to the Hollywood Wax Museum as well as the Guinness World Records Museum.
Guinness World Records Museum
6764 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
This museum is where the books come to life. Families will have the chance to “check your weight against the world’s heaviest person, attempt a speed-drumming record, compare your height with the world’s tallest person, compete on the largest existing Pac-Man game, and much more.” Tickets are available online, and All Access Passes are available which provide you with admission to the Museum as well as theHollywood Wax Museum.
TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Perhaps one of the most famous movie theaters in the world, TCL Chinese Theatre hosts movie premieres, ceremonies, and film festivals along with regular movie showings. The theatre also hosts an IMAX auditorium as well – described as the world’s largest IMAX auditorium. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre originally opened in 1927. Today the theatre is visited by tourists hoping to place their own hands and feet into the cement handprints and footprints belonging to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Movie ticket information is available online.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
You won’t believe the exhibits you’ll find here. “Discover the strange, the shocking, and beautiful at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on Hollywood Blvd.” The Museum is spread out over two floors and features a dozen galleries and over 300 exhibits. “Visit a Genuine Shrunken Head, Michael Jackson’s Portrait made entirely from candy, an updated Star Wars gallery, an original Vampire Killing Kit from the 19th century, and much more.”
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Originally opened in 1926, the El Capitan has been restored to provide all who come a completely enchanting movie-going experience. In addition to state-of-the-art cinematic technology, the El Capitan also usually includes pre-show entertainment as well as prop and/or costume exhibits. Seeing a movie at the El Capitan is more than seeing a movie — it’s an event! Ticket information is available online.
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Museum of Dream Space (MODS)
6757 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Museum of Dream Space is the “first museum mainly exhibiting digital art in the United States.” Here, families will experience an “immersive, magical and unique art” experience. You’ll be marveling and oohing and aahing throughout. Tickets are available online. (Be sure to take note of the discount code available for general admission tickets.)
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
This shopping center has it all. Currently under new ownership and renovation, this Mall is in the center of it all on Hollywood Blvd, and in fact is the ideal place to park and be able to stay for a couple of hours while you explore. There are plenty of kid friendly dining options (including California Pizza Kitchen, Dave & Busters, and the Hard Rock Cafe to name a few) as well as a bowling alley (Lucky Strike), and many specialty shops. You’ll also find the Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards), and families can even take a guided tour.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
A Hollywood classic, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (and its pool) have been designated Historic-Cultural Monuments. Walk around the lobby and immerse yourself in the Hollywood of old. The Hotel was the site for the first ever Academy Awards ceremony back in 1929. And for a special treat, try a burger and shake like no other you’ve had before at the hotel’s 25 Degrees Restaurant.
6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Madame Tussauds is described as the “world’s greatest wax museum.” Inside, this popular spot is divided into “zones,” meaning every member of the family is sure to find a representation of someone they admire. Zones include the Pop Icons Room (such as Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson), Modern Classics (where you can “recreate” some famous movie scenes, and the Golden Age of Cinema (featuring Charlie Chaplin and Judy Garland), among others. Additional experiences include the Marvel Universe 4D movie and the interactive Jimmy Kimmel Live Experience to name just a few. Tickets are available online.
World of Illusions
6751 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Get your phones ready, because you’ll be taking a lot of pictures at the World of Illusions. This is fun-like-no-other for the whole family. You’ll find four experiences here – the Giant’s House, Upside Down House, Smash It, and Museum of Illusions. While you’re there you’ll view a donut the size of a monster truck wheel, encounter 3D illusions that will put you up close and personal with elephants, and much more. Tickets are available online.
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 WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).
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