The entertainment capital of the world offers an abundant array of fun activities for the whole family. Don’t miss these top picks sure to entertain both kids and adults!
King Kong 3D roars into Universal Studios as the park’s newest and most exciting attractions. Kids and adults alike praise the animated Simpsons Ride, taking them through a thrilling journey inside a cartoon. Jimmy Fallon fans will recognize him as the video host for the super popular and entertaining behind-the-scenes Studio Backlot Tour. Check out the Special Effects Stage to unearth movie-making secrets from some of your favorite films. Stop by Universal Citywalk for great shopping and live entertainment at the newly built 5 Towers. Something for everyone, Universal Studios provides the ultimate fun-filled Hollywood experience for kids of all ages, all year long.
Take advantage of FREE parking and admission to attend the popular monthly public star parties, aided by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. One of the most mesmerizing spots in Los Angeles, the observatory is open all year round and is a favorite among local families. The Samuel Oschin Planetarium currently offers $7 tickets to three exciting live shows: Centered in the Universe, Water is Life, and Light of the Valkyries. Be on the lookout for special events and shows at the new Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater, now playing “The Once and Future Griffith Observatory.”
Sunshine all year round guarantees that a day trip to any one of LA’s famous beaches will result in one big happy family. Rent bikes or rollerblades at Venice Beach and roll on down to Santa Monica and back. Kids love checking out the Venice Skatepark and shopping on the boardwalk for funky heart-shaped sunglasses or Lakers jerseys. Make a thriller-ific pit stop at Pacific Park amusement park on Santa Monica pier to hitch a ride on the ferris wheel overlooking the majestic ocean, the roller coaster, or other carnival attractions. Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro is the perfect spot to sunbathe and build sandcatles during the morning hours and head over to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for an enchanting and fun adventure into the mysteries of marine life.
Rancho La Brea, located in the heart of LA, is home to one of the world’s most famous fossil sites. Gather up the family and learn about the sabre-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths that roamed the Los Angeles basin 10,000-40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Be mesmerized by the gurgling tar, which spits up out of the pits while strolling down Wilshire Boulevard. Admission to the Page Museum is free on the first Tuesday of every month, except July and August. A popular spot for local school day trips, a stop at the Tar Pits guarantees a fun educational-filled day with equal amounts of fun.