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50 Awesome Things to Do in LA With Kids and Family

Things to do in LA With Your Family and Loved Ones - Santa Monica Pier

It’s the holidays! The kids are out of school, your nephews and nieces are in town, your parents are visiting and you need to figure out what you should do with them. Well, you’re in luck!

We created a HUGE list of 50 things to do in LA with kids and family. Some are local classics, many are free, but all of them are fun and guarantee a great time for everyone!

Things to Do in LA With Your Family and Loved Ones - Griffith Observatory

Source: LA Times


1. Catch the sunset and star-gaze at Griffith Observatory

2. Experience the Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

3. Watch the Rose Parade

4. Visit Kidspace Children’s Museum

5. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific

6. Hike to the Hollywood Sign

7. Take a walk around The Huntington Gardens

8. Go shopping in Old Town Pasadena

9. Go horseback riding at Griffith Park

10. Ride pedal boats at Echo Park


11. Ride the ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier

12. Hang out at Paradise Cove in Malibu

13. Catch some waves at Zuma Beach

14. Go to a drum circle at Venice Beach

15. Camp in Malibu Creek State Park

16. Have a bonfire at  Dockweiler Beach

17. Go ice skating at ICE Santa Monica

18. Take a surfing lesson

19. Go stand-up paddle boarding

20. Visit The Getty and the Getty Villa

21. Go bike riding on The Strand

22. Stroll along the Venice Canals

23. Watch a boat parade

24. See the stars at the UCLA Planetarium

25. Attend an art show at Bergamot Station

Things to do in LA with Family and Loved Ones - Walt Disney Concert Hall

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26. Visit The Broad museum

27. Explore Los Angeles with a walking tour

28. Visit a Mexican marketplace at Olvera Street

29. Go ice skating at Pershing Square

30. See a show at Bob Baker Marionette Theater

31. Go to a game or see a show at The Staples Center

32. Pick out fresh blooms at The Los Angeles Flower Market

33. Explore the arts at the MOCA

34. Read a book and attend an event at the Central Library

35. Watch the Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown

36. Take a free class at Grand Park

37. Catch a baseball game at Dodger Stadium

38. Go shopping in the Fashion District

39. Watch a concert at The Walt Disney Concert Hall

40. See the Endeavor space shuttle at the California Science Center

Things to Do in LA with Your Family and Loved Ones - Hollywood Bowl

Source: CBS


41. Watch a classic Disney movie at El Capitan

42. Spend a fun day at Universal Studios Hollywood

43. See a concert at the Hollywood Bowl

44. Watch a concert or movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

45. See the newest exhibit at LACMA

46. Have a sleepover at the Natural History Museum

47. Go shopping at The Grove

48. See cool classic cars at the Petersen Automotive Museum

49. Watch a Broadway show at the Pantages Theater

50. Hike amongst celebrities at Runyon Canyon

Our Top 5 Picks

1. Spend the day at Universal Studios Hollywood

2. Visit Legoland California

3. Enjoy a day at Knotts Berry Farm

4. Visit the Richard Nixon Museum 

5. Take a tour at the Warner Bros Studio Hollywood