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 city once you spend some time exploring this popular beach town.
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Redondo Beach Pier
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Families will find much 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, new skills to learn (such as paddle boarding and kayaking). The pier is also offering free holiday parking (through January 2nd) between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm.
Color Me Mine
1509 Hawthorne Blvd. #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.
LA Kings Holiday Ice Outdoor Rink
239 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Perfect for the holiday season is a visit to the LA Kings Holiday Ice Outdoor Rink. Families can take to the ice and/or even host a party at the outdoor rink. Tickets include skate rental. The rink will be open until January 8th. Check the website for hours.
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. The Park is open six days a week from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (closed on Wednesdays and certain holidays).
Redondo Beach Public Library
303 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA
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, a “Block Party” scheduled for December 22nd (where children can build with blocks and Legos, and much more. Teens will also appreciate their own special area known as the “Teen Reading Zone.” (The library is closed on Sundays).
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 be sure to check out their Farmers Market on Sundays, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
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. In fact, this year you can find the Los Angeles Ballet performing the classic tale The Nutcracker on December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.
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.
Looking Glass Underwater Cruise
181 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Time onboard a Looking Glass Underwater Cruise is an entirely different sight-seeing experience. The “Looking Glass” is a semi-submersible underwater viewing boat that seats 19 passengers. Families can then peer through two seven-foot long underwater windows to view different marine life. Check the website for information on hours and fees.
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 here. In addition, each Thursday, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Veterans Park hosts the Redondo Beach Certified Farmers’ Market. You’ll find a large selection of fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers, baked goods, prepared foods, fish, and more.
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 this 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 here. Check the website for rates.
Sew Creative Cafe
1726 Aviation Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
For those who are interested in sewing, quilting, knitting, or crocheting, then 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/her own independent project at his/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. Winter break workshops will also be offered. Check the website for more information.
South Bay Galleria
1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
You’ll find an AMC movie theater and many shopping and dining options at the South Bay Galleria, including The Children’s Place, Crazy 8, Gap Kids, and Gymboree among others. In addition, they offer a weekly free Kids Club. Kids Club events are generally held every first Tuesday of the month and offer monthly entertainment, special discounts, and more.
Redondo Beach Historical Society
Morrell House Museum
298 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 and
Queen Anne Museum
302 Flagler Lane, 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. Museum hours for both locations are weekends from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Queen Anne Museum is also open on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Canvas & Clay
1802 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
At Canvas & Clay, children (and adults) learn about fine art drawing, painting, and clay. They offer classes, birthday parties, and seasonal camps (including during Winter Break). Canvas classes begin for children at 4 years of age, while clay classes begin for children who are at least 6 years old. Check the website for more information on schedules and fees and be sure to ask about the free trial class.
1021 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Children (and adults) will enjoy visiting SEA Lab, a hands-on science center where visitors can learn about marine conservation efforts. Families can explore the touch tank, view a public fish feeding, and on the first Saturday of each month participate in special “Fishtivities” including concerts, crafts, and games. Suggested donation is $2 per visitor or $4 per family.
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.