Updated for 2021
They say there’s “more to sea” in Redondo Beach (mis-spelling intended). While only 18 miles from downtown Los Angeles, you may feel as if you’re further away from the hustle and bustle of the big city once you spend some time exploring this popular beach town.
Located along the southern end of the Santa Monica Bay, Redondo Beach has a population of just over 66,000, and is filled with many family-friendly spots and activities. This little City has beautiful beaches, stretching from King Harbor on the North end all the way south to nearly Palos Verdes. You’ve probably also seen this city in many Hollywood movies and TV shows over the years since it’s so picturesque.
Take a look at our list and try out these fun things to do with your kids in Redondo Beach.
Best Things to Do with Kids in Redondo Beach
1. Redondo Beach Pier
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Families will find tons to do at the Redondo Beach Pier. There are many shopping and dining options at the Pier, along with harbor cruises and seasonal special events. There are arcade games to play, fishing to be done, and new skills to learn — such as paddle boarding and kayaking.
2. Color Me Mine
1509 Hawthorne Blvd., Ste. #105, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Color Me Mine provides everything but your own creativity. It’s an easy process — pick your ceramic item, paint it and decorate it any way you like. Color Me Mine will then fire it, and when the item is ready, you’re ready to bring home a unique ceramic creation. Once the items are home, you can put them out for display or use them on a regular basis. All paints are non-toxic, lead-free, and food-safe.
3. Hopkins Wilderness Park
1102 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Hopkins Wilderness Park is an “urban wilderness campground and nature study area.” Within these 11 acres, you’ll find beautiful views among four ecological habitats: forests, streams, ponds, and meadows. As you and the kids explore, you’ll see a variety of trees and plants, as well as birds, lizards, turtles, and more. Families can also make a reservation to camp in this scenic park.
4. Redondo Beach Public Library
303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
You’ll find a variety of special events happening at the Redondo Beach Library. There are story times offered for children of different age groups, there are children’s craft activities, and much more. Teens will also appreciate their own special area known as the “Teen Reading Zone.”
Note: The library is closed on Sundays.
5. Riviera Village
1799 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Enjoy small-town charm when you explore Riviera Village. You’ll find more than 300 shops, restaurants, galleries, and services here. Walk around or ride your bikes and explore, and stay for some of their special events. Be sure to check out their Farmers Market on Sundays, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
6. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is a popular 1,453-seat venue. Throughout the year, you’ll find the “Distinguished Speaker Series” here as well as performances by the Los Angeles Ballet and musical theater presentations.
7. Franklin Park
807 Inglewood Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Families can spend a delightful time at Franklin Park. You’ll find picnic areas with BBQs, two basketball courts, a children’s play structure, and lots of grass. Pack a picnic, bring some balls, and plan to spend several hours here. Regularly visiting families speak highly of the park’s location in a quiet, residential neighborhood.
8. Looking Glass Underwater Cruise
181 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Time onboard a Looking Glass Underwater Cruise is an entirely different sightseeing experience. The “Looking Glass” is a semi-submersible underwater viewing boat. Families can peer through two seven-foot-long underwater windows to view different marine life. Check the website for information on hours and fees.
9. Veterans Park
309 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Veterans Park is a 6.3-acre park with ocean views. You’ll find a children’s play structure, lots of grass and trees, and a memorial to Redondo Beach’s veterans. Be sure to bring a kite — families speak of great kite-flying conditions there. In addition, each Thursday, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Veterans Park hosts the Redondo Beach Certified Farmer’s Market. You’ll find a large selection of fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers, baked goods, prepared foods, fish, and more.
10. King Harbor
208 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Families will want to be sure to spend some time strolling at King Harbor. Slow down your pace and pay attention to all there is to see (and hear and smell and taste and touch). Enjoy a meal or a snack, marvel at all the boats, or take a paddle-boarding lesson.
Families will also be able to view the nearby Wyland’s famous Whaling Wall. Wyland is a world-renowned marine artist who painted a giant mural depicting life-size California gray whales migrating. And during the summer, don’t forget to check out Seaside Lagoon — a large saltwater lagoon offering trained lifeguard supervision. You’ll also find lots of sand, children’s play equipment, and volleyball courts there. Check the website for rates.
11. Sew Creative Cafe
1726 Aviation Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
For those who are interested in sewing, quilting, knitting, or crocheting, the Sew Creative Cafe is the place for you. All materials are provided, and classes are taught in a non-competitive way, with each student working on his or her own independent project at his or her own pace. Sewing Classes are for children ages 6 and up, while knitting and crochet classes are for those 8 years old and up. They even offer summer camps! Check the website for more information.
12. South Bay Galleria
1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
You’ll find an AMC movie theater as well as many shopping and dining options at the South Bay Galleria, and in addition, they offer a free weekly Kids Club. Kids Club events are generally held every first Tuesday of the month and offer monthly entertainment, special discounts, and more.
13. Redondo Beach Historical Society
Morrell House Museum
298 Flagler Ln., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Families can learn about the history of Redondo Beach by visiting the Morrell House Museum and the Queen Anne Museum. Both museums are located next to each other in an area known as Heritage Court. The Morrell House, a 1906 dwelling, is now “furnished as a living history museum.” The Queen Anne Museum includes a collection of memorabilia and artifacts related to Redondo Beach’s history.
14. Perry Park
2301 Grant Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Within the 4.13-acre Perry Park, families with children of all ages will find something to do. The park features children’s play areas, picnic areas, a sports field, and basketball courts. Additionally, you’ll find the Perry Park Teen Center here. The Teen Center is a 4,000-square-foot space with recreational activities inside. It also hosts special activities for those who are 12–16 years old.
15. The Beach at Redondo Beach
400 – 1700 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
You can’t talk about a place called Redondo Beach and not mention the actual Beach as a place to play, right? The beach is always a great place to take the kids! This beach is a terrific one to visit, with over a mile and a half of beautiful sand and places to get sandy and walk along the water. Bring a bucket and make a sand castle, or take boogie boards out into the waves. The beach is a source of endless fun!
Places to Stay in Redondo Beach
If you’d like to extend your stay in Redondo Beach, here are a few options to consider:
- Residence Inn by Marriott, 2400 Marine Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
- Homewood Suites by Hilton, 2430 Marine Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
- Redondo Pier Inn, 206 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
- Waterfront 2bd/2ba Condo with Pool/Spa/Gym by Redondo Beach Pier!
- Burnham Beach Cottage #3- Block to Beach!
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).