2. Los Angeles Area Zoos and Aquariums
3. Top LA Museums for Kids
Most of the major museums in Los Angeles have programs to make their content more accessible for children, but some are a more natural fit than others. You can't go wrong with the California Science Center or the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, both in Exposition Park. Kidspace Museum in Pasadena is a gem, and kids especially enjoy visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum with their dads. For art appreciation, try a Quick Culture children's tour of the LA County Museum of Art.
The entertainment capital of the world has a wide variety of live entertainment especially for children. There are plays, puppet shows and comedy shows designed to appeal to kids from 2 to teen. Kids 10 and older may even be able to attend a children's TV show taping. See the Best Live Family Entertainment in LA.
The City of Los Angeles is bisected by a mountain range. A couple of those mountain peaks are within the 4210 acres of Griffith Park. The many kid-friendly attractions in the park include the LA Zoo, the Griffith Observatory, the Autry Center for Western Heritage, Travel Town Train Museum, Pony Rides, the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round and plenty of opportunities for hiking and picnicking.
6. Outdoors with Kids in LA
The whole outdoors is your playground when vacationing with kids in Los Angeles. From a day at the beach to a hike in the local mountains, there is always plenty to do. Rent bikes, skates or a surrey to explore the beach path. Take a family adventure learning vacation and learn to surf or paddle board. A whale-watching tour is another good way to enjoy the outdoors and help your kids develop an appreciation for the environment.
OK, it's a girl thing, but watching your girls share tea with their (or borrowed) dolls at the American Girl Café is pretty precious. And then there's the shopping…
8. Knights and Pirates
Kids can revel in their fascination with knights and pirates at permanent venues and multi-weekend events around Los Angeles. Medieval Times in Buena Park is the original dinner show jousting match between armored knights. The Pirate's Dinner Adventure follows the same structure with an interactive pirate-themed show. Annually, there are 11 weekends each spring when ye olde renaissance fairs and pirate festivals run back to back.
Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for the sword fights that will ensue at your house if you take your kids to watch live knights and pirates.
9. Take the Kids to a Ball Game
Although we lack a professional football team, you can take the kids out to see the Dodgers or Angels play baseball, the Lakers or Clippers play basketball, the Galaxy play soccer, or the LA Kings play hockey. Regular cheap seats at a baseball game can be an inexpensive treat, or look for discount tickets for better seats at LA sporting events at Goldstar.com.