Planning a vacation to Los Angeles? Our insiders put together a list of our top things to do in Los Angeles with kids.
Consider adding a few of these kid friendly attractions to your vacation itinerary.
While the “City of Angels” may be best known for Hollywood’s glitz and glamour, there are also loads of kid friendly attractions you and your family will enjoy on vacation.
From laid-back beach communities to action-packed amusement parks (and everything in between!), this exciting metropolis has it all.
You’ll be amazed by the endless opportunities for entertainment and education at these museums, parks, and other great kid-friendly institutions.
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It’s one of the most popular museum destinations in California, and your kids won’t want to miss out on 400,000 square feet of fun, scientific exploration.
The museum keeps young ones entertained by presenting science through exhibits tied to popular culture or blockbuster movies. Plus, there are tons of hands-on activities and demonstrations in Science Court.
Last, but certainly not least, you’ll all leave awestruck by the 7-story IMAX theater that brings worlds “as small as an atom and as vast as the universe” to life right in front of your eyes.
When it comes to family fun and kid friendly things to do, Pacific Park is your go-to destination. Located on the historic Santa Monica Pier, it’s the West Coast’s only pier side amusement park.
The world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel will raise your whole family to new heights – 130 feet above the ocean – for a fantastic coastline view. Younger travelers love riding up, down, and around in the Crazy Submarine ride just for kids.
So hop on rides, play games, and eat that carnival-style food all while soaking in Southern California’s endless sunshine at this family playground.
Meet more than 11,000 ocean animals at this all-inclusive aquarium in Long Beach. Kids get closer than ever to exotic creatures of the Pacific through several fantastic exhibits.
Hand-feed brilliantly colored lorikeet birds as you stroll through “Lorikeet Forest,” then journey over to “Shark Lagoon” to reach in and touch more than 150 small sharks in the shallow touch pools.
At the Aquarium on the Pacific, your family will have an unbeatable interactive experience.
The ultimate Hollywood movie experience waits for your family at the entertainment capital of LA.
Go behind the scenes on the legendary Los Angeles Studio Tour from the comfort of new state-of-the-art trams. Then get ready for an action-packed adventure through movie-themed rides, shows, and attractions like the famous “Jurassic Park” ride or “The Adventures of Curious George” play area for kids.
Check out the Special Effects Stage and catch a showing of King Kong 360 3-D (only at Universal) for the world’s largest 3-D experience.
End your day at Universal CityWalk with dozens of unique restaurants, stores, and other things to do. A visit to Universal Studios is the icing on any LA trip.
This great installation of the Six Flags franchise is a real treat for children of all ages. The 260-acre theme park is chock full of rides, slides, coasters, and more. There are also a number of games and other fun attractions, plus a strong showing from all your favorite Looney Tunes characters. Don’t forget to take a picture with your personal favorite!
For the little ones, rides like the Grand Carousel or Road Runner Express are the perfect mix of fun and not too much excitement. If you’re feeling more adventurous, the coasters X2, Tatsu, and Full Throttle are among the most thrilling rides at any theme park!
If you’re really in search of a great time, be sure to hop on the Twisted Colossus, a brand new coaster for 2015 that goes through 5,000 thrilling feet of track. Advanced technology makes this coaster faster and twistier than any of its predecessors.
If you’ve got any animal lovers in the family, you won’t want to miss out on a visit to the LA Zoo and the accompanying Botanical Gardens. Located in northern part of Griffith Park, this family-favorite attraction is home to more than 1,100 creatures from around the globe.
Some highlights among the zoo’s denizens include lowland gorillas, colorful exotic birds, impassive Komodo dragons, playful seals, rare snow leopards, and many more. You’ll even get the chance to meet several rare or endangered species. Plus, the neighboring Botanical Gardens are themselves host to more than 7,000 plant specimens sourced from throughout the world. Two attractions for the price of one!
Fascinated by the wondrous creatures of the sea? Have an aspiring marine biologist in the family? Spend an afternoon at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and indulge your love for all things aquatic at this state-of-the-art institution.
Set next to the spectacular Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park, this aquarium offers an unparalleled view, too!
A research facility dedicated to studying and preserving marine life native to Southern California, this educational institution is plenty of fun for kids.
The aquarium is populated with many of the creatures you’ll see just outside on the beach, from pelicans and sea lions to sharks and whales. Be sure to check the tide schedule before you visit so you can spend some time exploring the tide pools outside!
If your kids love go karts, K1 Speed Indoor Karting is the thing to do. You’ll get to race around a real road course with the whole family and try to beat your siblings to the finish line.
Marvel at their zero-emission, European electric karts – real state-of-the-art machines. When you’re done racing around, stop for some snacks at the Pit Café.
This fascinating attraction combines the best of multiple worlds. With a world-class art gallery, lush gardens, and an extensive display of historical literary works (including a Gutenberg Bible!), there’s something to appeal to everyone at this prestigious institution.
Younger children will especially love exploring the beautiful grounds and gardens. 120 acres are divided into different themed gardens like the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, and Rose Gardens.
This popular local museum is home to one of the world’s most extensive collections of natural and cultural artifacts. Featured exhibition halls contain everything from dinosaur fossils to impressive gems and exquisitely recreated animal habitat dioramas.
Dinosaur fans of all ages won’t want to miss the interactive Dino Lab, where visitors can get a peek behind the scenes at real paleontological work.