Written By: Sarah Etinas
The bustling city of Los Angeles has so many toddler-friendly activities. The only real question is where exactly to start.
Stare at the Stars at the Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory is a great place to spark your toddlers’ interests in outer space. With their telescopes with step ladders and planetarium, they’ll have many opportunities to learn about the stars and planets. Please note that children under five are only admitted to the first show in the planetarium each day (12:45 p.m. on weekdays and 10:45 a.m. on weekends). Entrance to the Griffith Observatory is free! Entrance to the planetarium specifically is $7 for adults, $3 for children between five and 12 years old, and free for children under five years old.
Explore the California Science Center
The California Science Center is filled with kid-friendly exhibits. Walk through a tunnel in a kelp forest, get your hands dirty at the slime bar, and learn about the human digestive system. Most importantly, don’t forget about the California Science Center’s most popular exhibit: the Endeavour space shuttle. Admission to the California Science Center is free (with the exception of IMAX and special exhibits).
Try a Milky Bun at After’s Ice Cream
Everyone knows that kids love ice cream. But After’s Ice Cream puts their own spin on ice cream: a donut ice cream sandwich. This innovation, given the name “milky bun,” is a tasty treat that anyone – adult or child – would love. Milky buns cost $5 a piece.
Hang Out with the Animals at the LA Zoo
The LA Zoo has many, many animals within its borders. From chimpanzees to elephants to the rare California condor, the LA Zoo is home to a variety of creatures. They also offer several animal encounter opportunities with flamingos, giraffes, and even hippos (advanced booking is recommended for the hippos)! General admission (ages 13-61) is $21 per person. A single child ticket costs $16.
Pick Fruits and Veggies at Underwood Family Farms
Underwood Family Farms provides a very kid-friendly experience. After riding on a large cart in the back of a tractor, kids can get their hands dirty as they pick fruits and veggies that are in season. From raspberries to jalapenos to okra, Underwood Family Farms has a huge variety of options! Admission is $5 per person on weekdays and $8 per person on weekends. The price of the produce varies.
La Brea Tar Pits
Learn about the creatures that used to roam around the Los Angeles thousands of years ago, which now leave their mark in fossil-form. The La Brea Tar Pits are filled with the fossils of familiar animals like rabbits and skunks, but remnants of other creatures including saber-toothed tigers have been found as well. You might even get a chance to see real-life scientists at work discovering new fossils! Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children.
Meet the Characters at Disneyland
Every child would love to spend a day at the most wonderful place on Earth: Disneyland. They can spin in the teacups on the Mad Tea Party ride, munch of Mickey-shaped ice cream bars, and meet their favorite movie characters! From Cinderella to Aladdin to Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, Disneyland makes sure that it has every character that your toddler can imagine. A single-day pass for Disneyland costs between $104 and $149 per person, depending on the day.
Spend a Day at Universal Studios
Universal Studios is also a great full-day activity to do with toddlers. Dive into the worlds of Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter! Learn martial arts from Master Po from Kung Fu Panda! Maybe even take a backstage studio tour! A single-day pass costs between $109 and $119 per person, depending on the day.
Find Mickey Mouse’s Hand Print on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is likely filled with the names of stars that your toddlers would not recognize, making the experience not very enjoyable for them. However, there is one specific celebrity on the Walk of Fame that they are bound to recognize: Mickey Mouse. Snap a picture of your toddlers with his glove print before heading off on your next adventure!
Walk Through the Book Tunnel in the Last Bookstore
The Last Bookstore is Los Angeles’ largest used and new bookstore. Not only does it showcase a rather large selection of children’s books, but it also has a tunnel made entirely of books! That’s definitely a fun one-of-a-kind adventure for your toddlers (and you!) to enjoy.