Kid Friendly Los Angeles Things to Do

It’s summer and that means more family vacations, and a need to keep the kids happy and engaged.  Kid friendly Los Angeles things to do are too numerous to mention here.  But we’ll do our best to throw out a handful of great ideas:

Grove Los Angeles Shopping

The Grove Los Angeles

Kids typically don’t like shopping, but with a spot like The Grove and The Original Farmers Market, you can disguise your shopping with great visuals and entertainment.  Just walking through the Farmers Market alone will have your child’s full attention, for there are candy shops, fudge makers, ice cream shops, and donuts.  Of course, you’ll have to eat first, so there’s over 100 different kiosks offering up everything you can imagine.  At The Grove, look for the dancing fountains, the antique trolly ride, and live entertainment on the lawn.

Griffith Park Merry Go Round

Griffith Park Merry Go Round

Explore Griffith Park, and take a hike to the Hollywood Sign.  If that’s too much, go to the Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town Museum (for train lovers), the vintage Merry-Go-Round, go horse-back riding, explore the abandoned zoo, or visit the current Los Angeles Zoo.

Kid Friendly Los Angeles Tours and Guides

Kid Friendly Los Angeles Tours and Guides

Take a private Los Angeles tour.  Many parents love this option because they might be concerned about a larger group tour and how their children may behave when it’s a set itinerary.  With  Glitterati Tours, you can fully customize your time, and we’re pros at keeping your children’s full attention.  We even have a built-in scavenger hunt that can be provided.  It’s ideal for children 8 and under.  Plus, you’ve got the option for potty breaks, diaper changes, and many stops to let kids get out their energy.  We also know that we’re competing with hotel pools, so we usually don’t suggest much over 3 hours of touring for the young ones wanting that summer dip.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Hollywood Boulevard

Museums are everywhere in the city.  Just on Hollywood Boulevard alone, the kids might enjoy the Hollywood Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Madame Tussauds, and Guinness World Records Museum.  NOTE:  This area is along the walk of fame.  There’s amazing businesses, but because it’s a major tourist attraction, it can also attract an unsavory crowd looking to separate you from your wallet.  Every major city has an area like this.  Our advice: Keep the kids close by, zip up your purses and put your cellphone if your front pocket.  There’s also quite a few solicitors on the street, and some are in costumes.  This could attract your child.  While many are great performers trying to make a living, there’s others that can be extremely aggressive when your “donation” for their photo with your kid isn’t what was expected.  Sadly, we’ve seen it all over the years.

Petersen Automotive Museum LA

Petersen Automotive Museum LA

There’s also The La Brea Tar Pits, and The Petersen Automotive Museum down in Museum Square.  Look for The Natural History Museum and The California Science Center in Exposition Park near DTLA.

If on the coast, look into the Santa Monica Pier, the Venice Boardwalk, and The Third Street Promenade.

Happy planning, and we hope to see you and the family here in Hollywood very soon!