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.