Los Angeles
Traveling to LA with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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Blossom - A Vietnamese Restaurant in Los Angeles
When Andrew and I first met in Los Angeles, we established rather quickly that we had in common a love for Vietnamese pho soup. One of our first "pho dates" was at a Vietnamese restaurant called "Blossom" in Silverlake, but the restaurant didn't have a sign on the building. It was a mystery place you ...
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The Huntington: Library, Art and Botanical Garden in Pasadena
The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institute established by Henry E. Huntington. In 1919 Henry and his wife Arabella Huntington drafted the trust document that would transform their private estate into an institution for the "advancement of learning, the arts and sciences, and to promote the public ...
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Tongva Park is a marvel in urban planning
Tongva Park is located in the heart of Santa Monica city, with beach views to the west, adjacent to the major commerce center of the city (3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place) on the north, and flanked by city hall and the courthouse on the east. It sits on 7 acres of land and is a ...
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Merci Milo - A magical toy store in Highland Park
Merci Milo is a treasure trove and a true gem of a toy store tucked away on a side street next to bustling Figueroa Avenue in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Once a horse carriage stable, this converted space is now one of the most magical toy stores around. With the door just slightly slanted and ...
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Blossom - A Vietnamese Restaurant in Los Angeles
When Andrew and I first met in Los Angeles, we established rather quickly that we had in common a love for Vietnamese pho soup. One of our first "pho dates" was at a Vietnamese restaurant called "Blossom" in Silverlake, but the restaurant didn't have a sign on the building. It was a mystery place you ...
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Treats - A Family Owned and Operated Frozen Yogurt Bar
All you need is love. And a little frozen yogurt treat once in a while! Treats is a neighborhood frozen yogurt and dessert bar in Santa Monica, located on Ocean Park Boulevard which is bustling with artisanal and local shops & restaurants. If you are looking to explore un-touristy Santa Monica, then head to this ...
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Superba Food and Bread in Venice - A Neighborhood Hot Spot Among Locals
If you show up to Superba Food & Bread in Venice on a weekend around 7.30am / 8.00am, you’ll be sure to find all the neighborhood strollers (and a few dogs) parked outside, while kids (most still in their pjs) enjoy an early morning snack inside with their groggy parents. Not only is their coffee ...
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Playa Provisions - A Beachside Eatery
Playa Provisions is the kind of spot that's just perfect for dining at any time of day, really. The beachside location in Playa del Rey contributes to the pleasurable experience, but it's the four-dining-concepts-under-one-roof that make you feel like you've landed in dining paradise. Choose between their coffee and pastry counter, the ice cream shop ...
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The Huntington: Library, Art and Botanical Garden in Pasadena
The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institute established by Henry E. Huntington. In 1919 Henry and his wife Arabella Huntington drafted the trust document that would transform their private estate into an institution for the "advancement of learning, the arts and sciences, and to promote the public ...
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The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at the UCLA campus
The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a 7.5 acre outdoor classroom and research facility on the UCLA campus (University of California, Los Angeles), which is open to the public daily. The garden was started in 1929 along a little creek bed. The first garden manager obtained plant materials by donations from other botanical gardens ...
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Active Tar Pits in the middle of the city
The La Brea Tar Pits are located in the heart of the Miracle Mile district in Los Angeles, right next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Pavilion for Japanese Art. Long before this time, 11,000 years ago precisely, Los Angeles was bustling with wildlife instead of cars and people. Many of ...
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The Los Angeles Zoo - Entertainment for the whole family
Animal rights aside, a zoo visit is almost always a great idea and a hit with kids. Most likely you've been to a zoo before, and most are similar, but its always helpful to have an inside-guide to a zoo you've never been to before. We have a membership to the Los Angeles Zoo and ...
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Tongva Park is a marvel in urban planning
Tongva Park is located in the heart of Santa Monica city, with beach views to the west, adjacent to the major commerce center of the city (3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place) on the north, and flanked by city hall and the courthouse on the east. It sits on 7 acres of land and is a ...
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Echo Park Lake - An Oasis with Swan Boats, Canoes and Gondolas
Echo Park Lake is located in East Los Angeles, sandwiched between Silverlake and Downtown Los Angeles. This area has seen a shift in the past ten years, becoming one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Los Angeles, period. Trendsetters and Trendseekers have moved into this once scary neighborhood and transformed it into a family-friendly place with ...
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Ditch the crowds and head to Malibu Lagoon State Park
Sometimes its the simple excursions in life that give back the most. If you feel like enjoying nature and wildlife in a relaxed setting and ditching the aquarium and zoo crowds, then head on up the coast to visit the Malibu Lagoon State Beach. The Park is located where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean ...
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Lechuza Beach in Malibu - A Hidden Gem
Lechuza Beach is a tranquil and little-known beach in Malibu located below private residences at the north end of Broad Beach Road. Its a public beach with a very private vibe, because to access the beach you have to park in a private neighborhood and walk right past peoples private homes to get there.  A ...
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Merci Milo - A magical toy store in Highland Park
Merci Milo is a treasure trove and a true gem of a toy store tucked away on a side street next to bustling Figueroa Avenue in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Once a horse carriage stable, this converted space is now one of the most magical toy stores around. With the door just slightly slanted and ...
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Caro Bambino - A Sustainable and Organic Baby Shop
New parents, look no further! Caro Bambino is a wonderful (as in, one of the best local) one-stop shops for ALL your baby needs, from adorable baby clothing and mild baby soaps to cribs, strollers and car seats. The list goes on. Everything has been carefully curated and selected to include only the best test-driven ...
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Quinnie B - A Tiny (but very memorable!) Toy Shop
This wonderful (and colorful) tiny toy shop is brim full with the greatest selection of toys, party decor, outdoor toys, games and arts and crafts ideas! The bright blue storefront is such a pop of color in the neighborhood its hard to miss and basically impossible to walk on by with a toddler without stopping ...
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Burro Kids shop on Abbot Kinney in Venice
Burro Kids on Abbot Kinney in Venice is an offspring of its mother shop two doors down, Burro, which features a very well-curated selection of home and lifestyle accessories and goods from across the globe. The Kids Shop is just as carefully edited, with brands such as Aden & Anais, Haba, Rylee and Cru etc. The shop ...
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Getting Around
Unlike other major cities in the US, Los Angeles does not have a history of having a great public transportation system. But its getting better! Just in the last years the metro system (which is LA's rapid transit rail system) was expanded to include the Westside. With so many interesting neighborhoods spread out, and with ...
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Grab a Quick Coffee
Los Angeles is sprinkled with good coffee and tea options. Depending on where you live (and if you are lucky!), good coffee options are in walking distance. I'm one of the few adults who never has and probably never will be a coffee drinker (I crave a good chai latte!), but I'm surrounded by people ...
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Take a Break
Los Angeles is a very large city, and parts of the city are spread out more while also less dense than other major cities in the United States like New York City, San Francisco, or Chicago. We live in a year-round mild climate and have plenty of access to nature around us. Our idea of ...
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Easy Meals
There are so many great dining options in Los Angeles! Located where we are, we have great seafood and sushi options, and delicious Mexican and other Latin American foods available. In addition, Los Angeles is such a cultural melting pot that we can basically indulge in any kind of traditional foods. And on top of ...
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PLAY
Ditch the crowds and head to Malibu Lagoon State Park
Sometimes its the simple excursions in life that give back the most. If you feel like enjoying nature and wildlife in a relaxed setting and ditching the aquarium and zoo crowds, then head on up the coast to visit the Malibu Lagoon State Beach. The Park is located where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach
Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County's largest natural parks remaining. You can hike, visit the beach, or camp on a bluff overlooking the beach. Within this expansive park sits a Historic District at the beach where the Los Trancos creek meets the ocean. This Historic District is a seaside colony with 46 ...
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Manhattan Beach Strand and Roundhouse Pier Aquarium
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Wanderlust Creamery in Venice
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Tips for your visit to Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a big, sprawling city with loads to do and see. Navigating your way around the city with kids is incredibly exciting, but it can also be tiresome at times, and you have traffic making it that bit more challenging. Here are some insider tips for making your visit a bit easier. You'll start to feel like a local in no time...
TIPS
Getting Around
Unlike other major cities in the US, Los Angeles does not have a history of having a great public transportation system. But its getting better! Just in the last years the metro system (which is LA's rapid transit rail system) was expanded to include the Westside. With so many interesting neighborhoods spread out, and with ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Grab a Quick Coffee
Los Angeles is sprinkled with good coffee and tea options. Depending on where you live (and if you are lucky!), good coffee options are in walking distance. I'm one of the few adults who never has and probably never will be a coffee drinker (I crave a good chai latte!), but I'm surrounded by people ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Take a Break
Los Angeles is a very large city, and parts of the city are spread out more while also less dense than other major cities in the United States like New York City, San Francisco, or Chicago. We live in a year-round mild climate and have plenty of access to nature around us. Our idea of ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Easy Meals
There are so many great dining options in Los Angeles! Located where we are, we have great seafood and sushi options, and delicious Mexican and other Latin American foods available. In addition, Los Angeles is such a cultural melting pot that we can basically indulge in any kind of traditional foods. And on top of ...
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