Yep, it’s the home of Hollywood, but there’s more to La La Land than just glitz and glam, and it’s packed to the rafters with kid-friendly fun.
Home to the most famous theme park on earth, Disneyland Resort California is Walt Disney’s original theme park, with dozens of rides and attractions that have become household names, such as Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and the Jedi Training School. Make sure you snap a selfie with Mickey, Minnie and friends, and catch one of the dazzling live shows. Then come back for a second day of fun at neighbouring Disney California Adventure, where older kids can take on the Tower of Terror and California Screamin’.
But it is not LA’s only theme park. Take a behind-the-scenes tour at the incredible Universal Studios Hollywood, where movies are brought to life with spectacular live shows, incredible state-of-the-art rides, and immersive experiences like Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a must for fans of the boy wizard.
And Knott’s Berry Farm Buena Park is a world class theme park and water park that has been entertaining local kids with its rides and shows since 1920.
But if it’s actual stars you want to see, then head to the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and check out the stars that honour the stars.
And there are all kinds of celebrity tours in Los Angeles, from bike and bus tours to spooky celebrity ghost tours.
Set your kids’ imaginations soaring even further at the amazing California Science Center, where they can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits including the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Take them back to the time of the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Inspire a love of learning at the Kidspace interactive children’s museum, with its scores of hands-on, interactive exhibits, activities and programs. Or explore the sea at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to learn about Southern California’s ocean and marine life and the Aquarium of the Pacific, a big modern museum for fish!
There are plenty of great parks and outdoor spaces too. Echo Park Lake and its pedal boats is a favourite with families. Santa Monica’s relatively new Tongva Park is an incredible space with 18-foot observation decks, winding walkways, rolling hills, expansive lawns, playgrounds and splash pads. And famous Griffith Park is home to Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and the Griffith Observatory, where you can search for the other kind of stars.
You can also explore treasures such as the La Brea Tar Pits, a world famous Ice Age fossil excavation site located in the heart of Los Angeles. Head to Santa Monica Pier, jutting into the inviting waters of the Pacific Ocean, to ride the iconic Ferris wheel and carousel or swim, play and grab some great food. Or go south to Huntington Beach – home of the US Open of Surfing – where you can watch the surfers or take a lesson.