The 100 Things Every L.A. Family Should Do at Least Once

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Los Angeles is a great place to be a kid. Maybe the best. The weather lets our children play outside all year, and our city and local businesses offer an abundance of free, affordable, and fun activities. These are just 100 of the literally thousands of things to do, and if your kids ever tell you they’re bored, you can explain to them what it was like growing up next to a cornfield in Indiana–or how 30 years ago L.A. absolutely did not have so many activities specifically for kids. 

The following are not ranked, but they are numbered because (trust us) it’s just easier to read that way.

1. Huntington Gardens 

Always amazing, and has a children’s garden

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2. Zimmer’s Children’s Museum 

Beverly Grove

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3. Disneyland 


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4. A Magic Forest 

Culver City
A Waldorf-inspired play space

5. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Los Feliz
Just got a new female tiger, Indah

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6. Kenneth Hahn Park

Baldwin Hills

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7. Library Story Time

At libraries across the city

8. Little Knights Early Childhood Education Center

Los Feliz 

9. Farmers Markets

All over town

10. Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach

11. Montebello Barnyard Zoo 


12. Will Rogers State Park 

Pacific Palisades

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13. Autry Museum of the American West 

Los Feliz

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14. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 

San Pedro

15. Snooknuk 

Hancock Park

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16. The Americana at Brand Kids Club Free Concert Series 


17. The Children’s Museum at La Habra

La Habra

18. Gymboree 

Multiple locations

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19. IKEA

There’s something about this store that kids love, plus everyone likes meatballs dripping in sugar sauce

20. Discovery Cube


21. Skirball Cultural Center’s Noah’s Ark

Sherman Oaks

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22. Bob Baker Marionette Theatre


23. Dog Parks

Locations across the city 

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24. Orange Picking

La Verne

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25. Griffith Park

Los Feliz
When one kid wants to go on a merry-go-round, and another wants to go on a train ride, but their friends want to see ponies, there’s Griffith Park

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26. Annenberg Beach House 

Santa Monica

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27. Garbage Man Day Truck Show

Details to come – check the link above for updates

28. Garvey Ranch Observatory

Monterey Park

29. Kidspace Children’s Museum


30. Kiddie City

South L.A.

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31. Monster Park 

San Gabriel

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32. The Grove

American Girl, Barnes & Noble, fountains, music, and lunch in the Farmers Market. There’s a reason it’s always packed.

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33. Mother’s Beach

Marina del Rey

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