LA Kids Activities

February 13, 2010

With the winter holidays in the distant past and spring still a light-year away, I have had to go back to planning cool kid-friendly activities (other than taking Hayden to Costco, which he loves).  Here you will find a list of some great places around Los Angeles.  If you live elsewhere, consider this list a guide you can apply to your hometown.

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens Picnic Area

Peaceful, arboretum-like setting with fish ponds, ducks, and a tram ride.  Hayden and I went on a crisp, sunny Monday.  The tram doesn’t operate on Mondays, but there was hardly anyone there so we had our run of the place.  We had lunch at the picnic tables located near the entrance.

El Segundo Beach

It’s not Malibu, but hey, there’s sand and sun.  This beach is super easy because it is less crowded than some of the other beaches, and there is on-site parking. The beach is relatively flat, which is great for setting up chairs and playing in the sand.  On our last beach outing, Hayden was obsessed with a cool jeep at the nearby lifeguard station.

El Segundo Beach

Griffith Observatory

A great place to take your kids late-afternoon, when the sun is still out and the sky is blue.  Let them run wild on the soft, grassy grounds.  School-aged kids will love the exhibits inside the main building.

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Shane’s Inspiration

This playground near the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round is HUGE, with a sand pit, swings, see-saw, jungle gym equipment, and plenty of open space to run (or crawl).  Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic in the shaded grassy area next to the playground.  Be advised, this playground can get quite crowded on the weekends, so best to get there early.

Shane's Inspiration

Shane's Inspiration

Travel Town at Griffith Park

This train museum is really cool.  The size of these old engines is overwhelming, and the kids love touching them.  There is always an old train car open, so you can climb up and go inside.
Parking and entrance to the museum are free, but be sure to buy tickets for the train ride!

Travel Town

Travel Town

Los Angeles Public Library

Hayden LOVES books, and when we enter the kids’ section of the library, he shrieks with delight.  You can go online and reserve books to pick up at your local branch, and many branches host special activities for kids.  If only I could keep Hayden from pulling ALL of the books off the shelves…

Marsh Park

This is an almost-secret park on the LA River, and it’s a little gem for eastsiders.  A lovely grassy play area with trees and benches, a serene little path that takes you to the LA River, fun reptilian sculptures for kids to climb on, and… a skate park!  Albeit small, it’s clean, and Hayden loves to watch the big kids skate.  Just a few more years  and he will be in there with them (yikes).

The "Snake" at Marsh Park

Indoor Playgrounds

While I always rather Hayden play outside, when it’s been raining for 3 weeks straight or it’s 103 degrees outside, indoor playgrounds can be a lifesaver.  Here is a list of some of the ones Hayden enjoys are.  Be advised that all three close on the weekends for private parties.

Noah’s Ark at the Skirball

We are headed to Noah’s Ark this weekend and are super excited.  From what we have been told, Hayden is going to flip out over this interactive exhibit.  More information and discount tickets can be found on the website.

Noah's Ark at the Skirball

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Print This Post Print This Post

2 Responses to LA Kids Activities

  1. Annette on February 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Just discovered your blog via Jen’s List and LOVE it! Please be sure to give us your review of the Noah’s Ark exhibit at the Skirball 🙂



    Thanks for looking! I will definitely post a Noah’s Ark review!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check It Out

Nice Knits

The Sweetest Merch
The Sweetest Merch