Los Angeles and its surrounding communities encompass hundreds of miles and millions of people. Each Los Angeles neighborhood has its own character and community. They also have a ton of fun things to do with kids that someone out of the neighborhood might not know about. Here you can find our guide for what to do in Los Angeles with kids by neighborhood or city. Check back because we’re often adding new areas. Please let us know if you don’t see your neighborhood represented or there’s a hidden gem we may not have found.
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Downtown Los Angeles
(clockwise from top) Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Last Bookstore, The Bradbury Building, Central Library, The Broad Museum, Olvera Street
Downtown Los Angeles – Downtown Los Angeles is a great place to spend the day with family. Eat amazing food, tour a museum, play in a park or head to the library.
Chinatown– LA’s Chinatown is a popular tourist destination that is rich in history.
Boyle Heights– Stroll through Mariachi plaza, grab lunch at Homegirl Café or borrow a book at Libros Schmibros lending library.
Larchmont – Larchmont might be in the middle of a sprawling city, but it can feel like a small town. There’s great shopping, fun places to eat and fun for the kids.
Koreatown – Kids and parents will have a lot to do in Koreatown. There’s shopping, bowling, culture and more.
Culver City – Culver City, the home of Sony Pictures Studios, has so much to offer families for a fun day out including wild animals at STAR Eco Station, an epic stair hike, bike trails, parks and more.
Sawtelle Japantown– If you’re looking for great food – from sushi to noodles to shave ice – look no further than Sawtelle Japantown. Also find many fun things for kids.
Mar Vista – The Mar Vista neighborhood is like a small town and you’ll find lots of activities here for the whole family. Activities include bowling, playing in the park and strolling down the Venice Blvd. shops.
Pacific Palisades – There’s not a bad view in the beautiful Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Families can hike, bike, go the beach, get lunch and visit a museum.
Santa Monica– The beachside city of Santa Monica has it all – beautiful beaches, a historic and picturesque pier, shopping, food and fun.
Beverly Hills– Beverly Hills isn’t just for the rich and famous. There is plenty to do here with kids including riding the trolley, visiting a witch’s house and hanging out at the library.
Westwood Village – Westwood Village is hope to the UCLA campus, but there’s also a lot to do there with families.
Cheviot Hills/Rancho Park – You’ll find great places to take kids in this westside neighborhood including the world famous Apple Pan restaurant, a great bookstore for kids, parks and libraries.
Brentwood– The Brentwood neighborhood is home to The Getty and the Skirball Cultural Center. It’s also home to many restaurants and shops and parks.
Los Angeles International Airport– It’s a city unto itself with food restaurants and great people watching. Find out what there is to do with kids while you wait for your flight.
Marina Del Rey – Rent paddle boards, charter a boat, visit a park or sit with the kids in Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey.
Venice – According to the Venice Chamber of Commerce, Venice Beach is the second largest tourist attraction in Southern California after Disneyland. Find out what else there is to in the beach community.
West Hollywood– West Hollywood is a bustling area with a lot to do including a visit to the Pacific Design Center and Book Soup.
Hollywood – There is so much to do in Hollywood with kids including visiting Hollywood museums, going shopping, seeing a show and eating at one of the many interesting restaurants.
Eagle Rock– You’ll find a lot of fun for families in Eagle Rock including fun parks and libraries.
Los Feliz– Biking, books, swimming and art can all be found in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Silver Lake –This sweet Los Angeles neighborhood has a lot of fun things to do including libraries, parks and great coffee shops.
Highland Park– Fun shops, good food and cool things to do like visiting the Los Angeles Police Museum.
Pasadena– Pasadena is northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is home to the Rose Bowl, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Huntington Library.