20 Of The Best Family-Friendly Things To Do In Los Angeles


Los Angeles is home to Hollywood, and the glamour and glitz of the global film industry, making it a very popular place to both live and visit.

There is also plenty to do with the family, so if you’ve just booked your flights to Los Angeles, why not check out our list of the top 20 things to do that the kids will love too!

1. Disneyland

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a way to entertain the kids in LA is Disneyland. No matter your age, you are sure to enjoy soaking up the magic of Disney while meeting your favourite characters, riding the rollercoasters, and maybe catching a parade.

2. Warner Brothers Studio Tour

What better way to get a true taste of Hollywood than to visit the sets of your favourite films and shows? From Harry Potter to Friends, there is something for everybody. There will even be filming happening around you while you’re there, so you will really feel part of the action!

3. Sleepover at the Natural History Museum

Fancy your own Night at the Museum? The Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits offer the chance to spend the night camping out amongst the exhibits. Pack a sleeping bag and head on down with the family, and enjoy exploring the museum in the morning too, as entry is included.

4. Griffith Observatory

Ponder your relationship to the universe and observe and participate in the exhibits. There is so much to see, do and learn, and kids will love it! Best of all, entry is free, though there is a charge for the shows. To refuel, pay a visit to the Cafe at the End of the Universe which is operated by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

5. Sky High Sports Trampoline Park

Burn calories and allow the kids to literally bounce off the walls and use up some of that seemingly endless energy! At the Sky High Trampoline Park big kids can join in with the fun, and there is all sorts of things to do, from dodgeball to virtual reality gaming!

6. Skateland

Kids and adults who love skating should head to Skateland. Whether you need to be shown the ropes at one of the learn to skate sessions, or you have a special birthday to celebrate with one of their fabulous party packages, you’re sure to have a great time. There are also open skate sessions!

7. The Getty Center

The Getty Center is free admission for the whole family, and they have plenty of family activities available as well as a Children’s Shop in the West Pavilion with educational toys and games. Enjoy the architecture, art, and plants, and bring the whole family along!

8. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Children love a trip to the zoo, and at the LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens you can all see your favourite animals, see plants from all over the world, and learn about wildlife conservation. There are all sorts of educational programs and events on too.

9. The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is California’s largest bookstores and one of the largest independent bookstores in the world! Featuring old and new books, vinyl, graphic novels, as well as a yarn shop, and a tunnel made out of books, entering this store is like visiting another world, and kids and grownups will love it.

10. Rolling Robots

Watch your children learn about science at Rolling Robots, where they can figure out how things work, and even build and battle their own robots! It’s guaranteed to be lots of fun, and unleash their inner scientist. They have three locations across California, and also do parties.

11. Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market

Mendocino Farms are all about Selling Happy.  A family business, they serve up sandwiches and salads, with an aim to build community and enrich lives by looking after their suppliers, staff and customers. Their menu has a sandwich for everyone, from seasonal, to vegan, to steak sandwiches, and their kids menu is fantastic.

12. Zimmer Children's Museum

The Zimmer Children’s museum is a great place to take your little ones for an immersive play experience that will help teach them about the world and how they can make a difference. Empowering youth from a young age, there are even activities for babies.

13. Books and Cookies

Books and Cookies in Santa Monica is so much more than just a bookstore. It also has an enrichment center, a learn and play area, and an event space, and is a great and relaxing place for the whole family to visit. Best of all, you not only have the opportunity to read to your little ones, but also the chance to relax yourself while the staff entertain them!

14. Shane's Inspiration

The most popular playground in Los Angeles is Shane’s Inspiration, with a touching backstory, and a mission to create inclusive playgrounds for children of all abilities. Those with disabilities and typically-abled children can play side by side, and there are so many fun things to do at their Griffith Park location.

15. Kidspace Children's Museum

This interactive museum could entertain your children all day long if you had the energy to stay that long. With so many interactive exhibits and ways to learn through play, this is the ultimate in “free range learning”. And of course, they have a cafe to keep energy levels up.

16. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Situated by the Port of Los Angeles, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium allows visitors to learn about the marine environment of Southern California. As well as visiting the aquarium, there is also a coastal park, and tidepools to explore. Discover and learn about the life in these waters, and how to help conserve it.

17. OUE Skyspace

OUE Skyspace is probably one of the coolest things to do in LA. Gaze out across the city from the observation terraces, face your fears and slide down the Skyslide, or enjoy the Interactive Level with it’s range of fun interactive digital elements. And be sure to bring the whole family!

 18. Underwood Family Farms

Children will love playing on the farm and seeing the animals at the animal center. Whether they want to pick their own fruit and veg, watch the animal show, ride a pony, or climb a haystack, there are so many fun and educational activities to enjoy!

19. Star Eco Station

Star Eco Station is an environmental science museum and exotic wildlife rescue facility, which is something of a teaching zoo. Housing endangered animals, and exotic animals which have been confiscated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, there are many incredible animals to see and interact with, and children will love it.

20. Martial Arts Museum

The Martial Arts Museum is an educational, artistic, and cultural experience, which kids and adults alike should love. Learn about the countries and cultures of Asia, as well as taking a look at the history of Anime, and Martial Arts use in films (after all, Hollywood is the home of big screen entertainment).

Los Angeles really does offer something for the whole family, despite what many might say and, as far as we’re concerned, it’s a fantastic place to take the kids on holiday!