15 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles with Kids
Here are our 15 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles with Kids!
*This is a post created in collaboration with Luxury Retreats.
When I think of Los Angeles I imagine Hollywood and fabulous people, I think of driving in in an open top convertible having driven down the Pacific Coast Highway, I imagine cheap beers and a run down motel as those are all things I’ve done when I’ve visited Los Angeles before kids. However now the budget is slightly higher than it once was, and now we have kids to entertain – what are the reasons to visit and where could you stay!
Having experienced some of the shall we say less luxurious options LA has on offer in the past, this time I would focus on renting one of the many luxury Los Angeles Rental Homes around. The picture above is the view from Briarcrest in Beverley Hills and has to be one of the most spectacular views I’ve seen. However I could also be tempted (and so would the kids) to stay this close to Redondo beach in seven bedrooms of luxury!
Yes it’s the obvious one but really if you are heading to Los Angeles with the Kids you need to dedicate at least a day to Disneyland and they will love you for it. It’s not called the Happiest Place on Earth for no reason and you can have soooo much fun!
2. Universal Studios
A different day to Disney there is no doubt and perhaps one for kids that are slightly older, but you can’t beat immersing yourself in the adventures of Harry Potter™ at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.
3. Descanso Gardens
Depending on the time of year you travel, you’ll find something different at Descanso Gardens. In October it’s a light spectacular, an enchanted forest. At other times of the year you can watch family friendly concerts or listen to daily stories, but mainly its a place to let the kids roam free in nature.
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Based in Goldwater Canyon Park in the mountains, TreePeople offers nature trails and teaches kids how to be environmentally aware. It’s free to get in but there is a cost for the special events they run year round.
5. El Capitan Theatre
Right in downtime Hollywood, there is something particularly special about watching a film at El Capitan Theatre. It’s a throwback to cinemas of old, being first opened in 1926. Families love the extra touches such as streamers and confetti falling from the ceiling.
6. Venice Beach
To head down to Venice beach for a beautiful sunset, to watch the world go by and to watch some amazing yoga – it’s what everyone in LA does right!?!
7. Echo Lake Park
Visit Echo Lake park in central Los Angles for walking, boating, hiking and general people watching. One of the most fun things to do is to rent a pedalo and while away a few hours.
8. LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Whilst there is undoubtedly some Art in this Museum that isn’t a firm favourite with children, the museum is one of the best in the area. There is free membership for Under 17’s, a childrens gallery and an opportunity to burn off some wiggly energy in LACMA’s sculpture gardens and park spaces.
Spending time with my nephew, Joseph and checking out a few shows at LACMA. We are standing in front of the installation, ‘Badge of Honor’ by artist Pepón Osorio. We both agreed it is one of our favorite pieces in the show ‘Home– So Different, So Appealing. The exhibition is up till October 15, 2017, come check it out —Guadalupe Rosales (of @veteranas_and_rucas And @map_pointz) #LACMAInstaResidency Photo: @mwtarotscopes
9. Grand Park
Grand Park is Los Angeles County’s newest park located in Downtown Los Angeles and powered by The Music Center. It’s 12 acres of magnificence and holds a variety of spectacular events through the year. There are pink benches, a splashpool and a fun playground too!
10. The Last Bookstore
I think this image of The Last Bookstore shows why kids would love a trip here as well as the adults. It’s a tunnel of books what’s not to love! It’s also a 22,000 square feet labyrinthine of books and records, with space for literary, musical and theatrical events. Keep your eye out for those.
11. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA)
A vast museum full to the brim with nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts that covers 4.5 billion years of history. They also do lots of fun special events like this fossil hunt where your 6-9 year-old can become a Junior Paleontologist. Free with paid admission. Mine would LOVE to do this.
12. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
At the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium you can discover what Heal the Bay’s work is all about: it’s about protecting the animals that call the Bay home. Over 100 local species on exhibit, and plenty of hands-on activities for the kids.
13. Battleship USS Iowa Museum
Named one of the “Best Cool Exhibits to See With Your Kids” by CBS Los Angeles and one of 100 Things to Do in Los Angeles Before You’re 10 by the Red Tricycle. It’s an enormous ship of discovery including treasure hunts and entertaining tours.
14. Kidspace Childrens Museum
When a museum tells you to bring spare clothes for the kids you know you are in for a treat. “Water, mud, and sand are elements of Kidspace. Please bring footwear appropriate for getting messy, a towel and a change of clothes for children who may want to enjoy the water, mud or sand exhibits.” Sounds awesome doesn’t it!
15. Griffith Park
There are many things to love about Griffith Park but what comes up time and time again is the pony rides whilst Mum and Dad watch with a coffee and a churro. Sounds good to me.
So what are you waiting for! Why not book a trip!
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