When you’re looking for family friendly activities in Los Angeles, Google inevitably returns results rich with world famous amusement parks, from Disneyland to Universal Studios to Six Flags. But you really don’t have to spend a fortune or battle international crowds to have fun with your family in the L.A. area. Here’s our list of activities appropriate for kids of all ages!
Griffith Park is a well-known, faithful standby fun spot for every Los Angeles family. This massive 4,200-acre park offers activities for all ages, all year round, including a carousel, steam train, ponies and horses, golf, a dog park, an observatory, golf, hiking paths and multiple playgrounds. It’s also home to the L.A. Zoo.
you really don’t have to spend a fortune or battle international crowds to have fun with your family in the L.A. area
2. Farmer’s Markets
Farmer’s Markets take place all over the city on different days of the week. Bring your whole family out to browse the homemade goodies and local artwork while you shop for fresh produce and flowers in season. This is just the beginning of your kids’ healthy cooking education. Follow your market excursion with a trip to…
3. Piccolo Chef
Piccolo Chef in Culver City, a family cooking school. Piccolo Chef believes that great food can’t come from a box or microwave. Here, children and their parents learn how to make wonderful, healthy meals quickly and on a budget – and have fun the whole time! Piccolo offers classes for all age levels, plus holiday workshops, cooking camps, parties and more.
4. Zimmer Children’s Museum
Zimmer Children’s Museum is Los Angeles’s only children’s museum. Current exhibits let kids have fun while learning about performing arts, philanthropy, community responsibility, taking care of the Earth, and values like respect, dignity, compassion and diversity. Zimmer offers early admission every Wednesday for visitors under the age of 2 (included with regular admission fee), and offers several special structured experiences to parents with infants (for an additional fee).
5. Visit any public library!
Libraries are fun for all ages, but especially for children 0 to 5 years old. The beautiful, brand new Beverly Hills Children’s Library offers nine (or more) story hours each week! Click the link to view the calendar and find the story hour most appropriate for your child’s age.
6. Malibu Art Barn
Visit the Malibu Art Barn and watch your child’s inner artist blossom. Structured programs are available to help toddlers and their parents develop creative talents together. Older children learn to collaborate and to develop individual talents in a variety of media.
7. Bob Baker Marionette Theater
Experience the magic of a puppet show. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater offers shows Thursday through Sunday, and some Wednesdays. Yelp reviewers love this theater, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars and describing performances with words like “uplifting,” “delightful” and “fantastic.”
8. Giggles N’ Hugs
Last but certainly not least, our favorite Los Angeles indoor play area and restaurant. Anyone who has ever watched a child struggle to get through a meal at an adult restaurant will fall in love with Giggles N’ Hugs. It’s a restaurant designed all around kids. They get to use size-appropriate furniture and utensils, eat from a healthy, delicious menu designed especially for them, act their age and have a great time playing with other kids in the play area. Giggles ‘N Hugs is located in Century City and Canoga Park. Have you been to one of these places? What did you think of it? Did we leave your favorite place off the list? Let us know! Have fun!
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