People flock to LA for many different reasons. Some come here to be discovered, others want to be invisible amongst the sea of people on the beach. Some come to start businesses, go to school, or start something new. But a lot of people come to West LA to raise a family, and it’s a great place to do it.
If you’re moving to LA with kids, check out some of these awesome family-friendly activities to try that the whole family will love:
If you've got kids with energy to burn(who doesn't?) Descanso Gardens Is a great option for some outdoor playtime. The gardens offer gorgeous shaded walkways, incredible natural gardens, Outdoor art galleries, and a mini train that takes young visitors through some of the gardens near the promenade. There is a gift shop and cafe on-site, making it a great place to have an outdoor playdate or Have an impromptu science lesson on botany, horticulture, biology, ecology, and conservation.
Where to find it: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Hours: Open 9 am–5pm daily
$11 seniors (65 and older)
$11 students with ID
$5 children (5–12 years old)
Free for children 4 years and younger
Ask about Free Admission Tuesdays!
The Kidspace Children’s Museum is a place where kids of all ages can explore, play and learn. Kids of all ages will love exploring all of the hands-on exhibits, and parents will love the fact that they don’t even realize they’re learning. Some of the museum's most popular exhibits include:
Apple Tree House & Pulley System
Jesse’s Train Station
Mechanical Waterplay Area
Families can spend hours exploring the levels of exhibits. You can also reserve areas of the museum for a private playdate, host a birthday party here, and take part in many of the weekly and monthly family-friendly events.
Where to find it: 1835 W. Steele Lane Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Hours: Monday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm
$16 Youth (1-17 years)
The Wildlife Learning Center is another great activity for kids and families that love animals. Their mission is to “Provide a nurturing environment for animals where visitors can build upon their natural curiosity for animals” and they do this in several ways. Along with countless animal exhibits to see, there are group and animal experiences that allow visitors to interact with some of their favorite animals. From sloths and chinchillas to owls and snakes, this is a must-do for your little animal lovers.
Where to find it: 16027 Yarnell Street Sylmar, CA 91342
Hours: General Admission – Mondays through Fridays –
10 am to 5pm
Adults – $15
Children – $13
Seniors, Teachers, & Military – $13
Children Under 3 – Free
Treat your kids to the joys of a good old fashioned roller rink at Moonlight Rollerway. An iconic piece of LA history, this classic roller rink offers classes for kids and adults, themed nights, and a snack bar with all of your favorites. Host a birthday party or playdate here, or schedule a skating lesson with a private instructor. Great for rainy days and weekends, the Moonlight Rollerway is a must!
Where to find it: 5110 San Fernando Rd. Glendale, CA 91204
Admission: See the website for pricing options
There are hundreds of playgrounds across LA, but very few like Shane’s Inspiration. This all-access playground was designed for kids of all abilities to play, swing, slide and explore. Designed to accommodate kids of all abilities, this safe and colorful playspace features wide sidewalks, secure rubber surfacing, equipment designed for upper body use, wheelchair-height sand tables, accessible swings, and more. Playing here allows all kids to feel included, and what’s better than that?
Where to find it: 4800 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
For families that value books, reading, and imagination, the West Los Angeles Regional Branch Library is a great way to spend an afternoon. Along with an incredible children’s library, this branch has weekly events geared toward kids of all ages. From storytime and homework help to teen events and book clubs, the local library is a great free resource for LA families.
Where to find it: 11360 Santa Monica BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90025
Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.,
Fri-Sat 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.,
Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
There are countless things to do with kids in the LA area. There are art classes, music classes, book clubs, kids’ theater, studio tours, nature walks, splash pads, and campgrounds all within the city limits. But before you start signing up for all of these fun activities, you’ll need to establish a home base. Take a virtual tour of NMS Missouri today and see if it's the right place for you (and the kids!)