Whether you’re a local who considers Hollywood a place for tourists, or someone who considers Hollywood too far to make the effort, there are plenty of family friendly things to see and do.
Where to stay when you visit Hollywood
Family Fun in Hollywood
Hollywood Bowl and Hollywood Bowl Museum
2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90078
Seeing a concert at the Hollywood Bowl is an experience like no other. Whether you hear classical music (the Bowl is the summer home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic) or a popular act perform, you can purchase tickets suitable for any budget. Don’t forget to pack a picnic.
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Additionally, the Hollywood Bowl Museum allows families a chance to get a sense of the history of the Hollywood Bowl. See how the shape has evolved over the years, look at photos, and hear recordings from past acts. (Admission to the Museum is free).
Capitol Records Building
1750 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028
It’s the recording home of various artists (including The Beach Boys, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, The Beatles, and many more). This historic, 13-story building was the world’s first circular office building upon its completion in 1956. Designed to look like a stack of records, it is a “must-see” for anyone visiting Hollywood. The building is not open to public tours, but out front you’ll find Hollywood Walk of Fame stars belonging to John Lennon and Garth Brooks (among others).
Hollywood Wax Museum
6767 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Hollywood Wax Museum is the longest running wax museum in the United States. Open every day of the year, it’s a fun way to mingle and pose among the stars! Grab your phones and start snapping some fun selfies with a wide variety of celebrities.
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.
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. It is also an exclusive first run theatre for Walt Disney Pictures which means currently its showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Blvd and Vine Street
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. The first Star honored Stanley Kramer in 1960. Currently, the Walk of Fame hosts twenty-four ceremonies a year. (Ceremonies are free to attend and a list of upcoming ceremonies can be found online. Scheduled to be honored in 2016 include Kathy Bates, Michael Keaton, Kurt Russell, and LL Cool J among others).
Guinness World Records Museum
6764 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
It’s where the books come to life. Stroll around and compare your height to that of the world’s tallest person (just one fun fact you’ll encounter). Check out the unique and the unusual in a fun, interactive way. The website even has a special “Youth Materials” section with printables that kids can complete while they walk through the museum and/or complete before their visit.
Hollywood and Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
This shopping center has it all. There are plenty of kid friendly dining options (including Johnny Rockets, the Hard Rock Cafe, and the French Crepe Company 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). Families can even take a guided tour of the Dolby Theatre (ticket prices are available online).
Hollywood Farmers’ Market
Ivar Ave. and Selma Ave. (near Vine Street, between Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd.)
Each Sunday, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, families are invited to browse and shop at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. You’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, jams, eggs, juices, clothes, and more. Usually you’ll enjoy live musical performances as well as different community outreach programs as well. The market is open rain or shine.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
You won’t believe the exhibits you’ll find here. Eleven galleries on two floors with over 300 exhibits including a portrait of Michael Jackson made from candy, scrap metal sculptures, a shrunken head, and much more.
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
You can do it all at Universal Studios Hollywood. You’ll find theme park rides, shows, a variety of dining and shopping options, and a working movie studio. Many rides and attractions feature some of your favorite movies and/or characters including Jurassic Park, Shrek, King Kong, and the Minions to name a few. Go on the Studio Tour, take pictures with The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants, and have some fun in Super Silly Fun Land — with more than 80 different water-play features suitable for all ages. You won’t run out of things to do and see at Universal Studios.
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 now also hosts an IMAX auditorium as well. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre originally opened in 1927 and is just as famous for the cement handprints and footprints out front.
6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Take the kids to see something we remember from our youth — a music store. Taking up an entire city block, Amoeba Music’s Hollywood location features two levels housing a wide range of music. CDs, cassettes, vinyl, DVDs (new and used) — it’s all here.
1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028
Located within the Historic Max Factor Museum, the Hollywood Museum features four floors that are home to more than 10,000 items. You’ll find photographs, props, costumes, memorabilia, posters, and more all from favorite movies and TV shows.
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