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Family Guide to Los Angeles — for every family

Vacationing with family?

Los Angeles is a destination known for its wide variety of activities – whether you’re a family of adventure-seekers, foodies, sports fanatics or more artsy, Los Angeles has something for every member of the family.

Adventure Seekers

Connect with Bikes and Hikes LA for an extra-special Griffith Park hike that shares the unique history of the land. It is well worth the hike for an unbeatable view of the Hollywood Sign and the city below – on a clear day, you can sometimes see all the way to Catalina Island!

Or, go rock climbing with Rock n Rope Adventures: Conducted in Malibu Creek State Park, a beautiful area that combines great climbing choices for all levels of climbers, the outfitter offers classes for families and children six years and older.


Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Original Farmers Market. A favourite destination since 1934, the market features more than 100 gourmet grocers, specialty realtors and restaurants. You can even do a food haul with Melting Pot Tours to give the kids a taste of cultures from around the world.  

For a real treat, plan your trip to L.A. during Summer or Winter dineL.A. Restaurant Week. The 15-day value-driven program offers diners over 400 restaurants to choose from for specially-priced lunch and dinner menus. Travelers can savor dining deals from L.A.’s premiere restaurants during the next Winter dineL.A. Restaurant week, taking place between January 17 and 31, 2020.  

Sport Fanatics

Whether kids are superfans or budding athletes themselves, catching a game at the world-renowned STAPLES Center is fun for the whole family. One of 12 major sporting venues in Los Angeles County, more than any other city in the U.S., the STAPLES Center is home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Sparks and Kings. 

This L.A. hotspot has a gorgeous bar and restaurant overlooking the stadium. Soccer fans can splurge on tickets for the Sunset Deck at Banc of California Stadium or opt to dine next door at Fields LA, where kids eat for free inside the food hall filled with award-wining chefs and restaurants.

Into the Arts

If you’re looking to expose you and your children to a variety of different cultures through unforgettable (and free) cultural experiences on your upcoming trip, there are tons of museums and inspiring exhibits to explore on select days of the week, such us Art + Practice, The Underground Museum, ICA LA, The Getty Center, the California African American Museum, the Griffith Observatory and so many more.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) just announced free admission for the next five years—an inspiring incentive as the museum is working to uplift artists and African American culture with powerful exhibits and programs including the Poets, Priests and Martyrs program, as well as the BlackStar Film Festival.

Craft Contemporary lets you explore its galleries and also try your own hand with exceptional workshops, offering creative CraftNight every Thursday, and CraftLab workshops for the whole family on the second Sunday of every month. In September, the whole family is invited for CLAY LA, a fun day of shopping music and air-dry clay activities.

Kids have a need for speed? The Petersen Automotive Museum lets the family explore a unique collection of over 300 extraordinary and vintage collection on display. Plus, kids can race toy cars around a racetrack, build their own Lego cars or learn more about the history of the automobile at the Cars Mechanical Institute, an exhibit made from a ground-breaking partnership with Disney/Pixar.

Where to stay: Check out The Garland Hotel in North Hollywood and Loews Hollywood Hotel located in the center of Hollywood that offer amenities suited for every family member.

So, whether you’re a family of foodies, art aficionados or a combination of everything in between, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Take a look at more fantastic guides online, here


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