Top 10 Attractions to Keep Kids Happy in Los Angeles

In some ways, the Los Angeles area is a Mecca for children, especially if you include Anaheim, putting Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure and Mickey Mouse into the mix. For with just the Disney resorts and Universal Studios (the home of Harry Potter), L.A. has two of the world's biggest attractions for children (and their parents); add in the numerous other museums, amusement parks and beachfront experiences found across the Southland and families with kids of all ages will discover plenty of fun to keep them occupied while visiting the City of Angels. Start at the beach with a trip to the Santa Monica Pier for some traditional carnival rides (especially good for children under eight years old) and then head for the hills, and beyond, where the massive rollercoasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain await the strong of stomach and the Griffith Observatory sparks imaginations to the stars and beyond. Universal Studios is also north of the city itself, while the always fun California Science Center and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles are right in the heart of Downtown L.A. There's plenty of choices for kids of all ages in Southern California, so many that finding time to do them all may be the biggest challenge your family has on a visit to our sunny shores.



One way or another, this museum of science and technology has been in operation since 1912, when it began as the State Exposition Building. It was remodeled in 1951 and rechristened the California Museum of Science and Industry, then it was...  Read More

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the Western United States. Its large complex houses a permanent collection that spans the globe, covers every historical era and features everything from European to Asian and...  Read More

Hollywood Bowl
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From April to October, the Hollywood Bowl is the place in SoCal to see concerts and performances of every kind. The summer home of the L.A. Philharmonic, it's also the spot where the Beatles and the Doors played back in the day and the venue...  Read More



The Zimmer Children's Museum is a non-profit museum that caters to kids eight years old and younger, with a mission to help kids learn about global citizenship, community and different cultures. The museum entertains and teaches kids through...  Read More



Roller-coaster lovers know that Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia is one of the world's best amusement parks, boasting more hair-raising rides than any other on the planet. Fearless adventurers will find record-breaking rides like the Lex...  Read More



Dinosaurs, insects, African mammals, cool rocks and more - what kid wouldn't be entranced? The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles has some great exhibits. In Dinosaur Hall, you can visit one of the ten most completed Tyrannosaurus Rex...  Read More

Griffith Observatory
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If you believe, like Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, in the transformative power of observation, then the Griffith Observatory is the L.A. museum for you and your children. Located in the park that also bears that philanthropist's name, the...  Read More



The Santa Monica Pier is the most iconic spot in Santa Monica, the place that first comes to most people's minds when they think of Santa Monica. It's a long, wide pier that is packed with fun things to do. A roller coaster, Ferris wheel and...  Read More

Universal Studios
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Universal Studios is the real thing, a working movie studio that also happens to have a theme park attached to it. Which means visitors get the chance to go right onto the lot to see where some of their favorite movies and television shows are...  Read More

Disneyland Resort
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Disneyland is Walt Disney's original vision for "the happiest place on earth," and more than 50 years later it remains just that. Kids of all ages adore spending all day (and night) at this massive amusement park in Anaheim, beginning with a...  Read More


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