Roundup Of My Favorite Los Angeles Activities That Are Kid- and Adult- Friendly
Welcome back to Five Friday Favorites, where I share quick roundups of some of my family’s favorite things. A lot of times, we take our kids to kid-friendly locations that are miserable for adults (hello, Chuck E-Cheese?). This week, I’m sharing some of my family’s favorite activities in Los Angeles that we all enjoy, not just the kids!
- Manhattan Beach Pier: Did you know there is a small aquarium at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier? Best of all, it is donation based, so you can pay what you want. We love to head to the pier on a weekend with a picnic lunch. Unlike a regular beach day, a pier day doesn’t require sunshine. We eat our lunch on the pier then head over to the aquarium. If we’re feeling active, we take a walk on the strand or walk up to the main road to get an ice cream or cookie. It’s a simple, low-cost way to spend an afternoon together.
- California Science Center: If you haven’t been to California Science Center, you’re missing out! Another donation based activity, you can spend the entire day at California Science Center and still not see everything. My kids love visiting this super interactive museum and my husband and I enjoy ourselves as well. For just $2, you can also see the Endeavor space shuttle (note, on busy days they have timed entry). We always take the Metro from Culver City to the California Science Center, making the journey almost as fun as the activity. This is another fun, low-cost family activity that we do regularly.
- Travel Town at Griffith Park: I’ve shared our love of Travel Town before, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t include it in a roundup. My kids really love hopping on the real trains and I enjoy having a picnic at the park there. There’s a ton for the kids to do and the adults enjoy the fresh air. Even though my oldest claims he doesn’t like trains anymore, he still has fun whenever we visit Travel Town. My husband also likes hopping on the trains, so if you have a grown up train lover, they’ll get a kick out of the trains too. Travel Town is free, unless you want to ride the miniature train, so this is another low-budget family-friendly activity.
- Santa Monica Main Street Farmer’s Market (Sundays, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.): You can’t go wrong with a farmer’s market that has live music and entertainment. The last time we were there, they also had a petting zoo, although I’m not certain if they have it every time. The food offering appeals to kids and parents and of course, there’s a ton of fresh produce to get you set for the week.
- Tanaka Farms (during picking seasons): OK, Tanaka Farms isn’t actually in Los Angeles, but it isn’t too far. If you go to Tanaka Farms during picking season, you and the kids can pick your own produce. We have gone during strawberry picking season and we had a blast – and got delicious fresh strawberries to enjoy at home. We have also picked our pumpkins at Tanaka Farms in the Fall and they have a ton of other Fall-themed activities to enjoy. Even if you don’t pick your own produce, they have a great farm stand to purchase nice, healthy fruits and veggies.
It turns out most of these are free or low cost. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time in Los Angeles. Of course, my favorite activity is a beach day, but that is dependent on the weather so I didn’t include it on my roundup.
Do you have any family friendly activities that the adults enjoy as much as the kids?