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An L.A. Roundup for Kids and Grownups

By May 23, 2015September 11th, 2020No Comments

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Buzzing with talented residents, beautiful outdoor spaces and tons of trendy activities, Los Angeles can be a wonderful destinations for the family. We’ve explore Griffith Park, ate our way through downtown and adored other part of L.A. in the past. But what if you just need a general guide of what to do as you start to plan your West Coast adventure? Don’t worry, we have you and your brood covered.

What the Grownups Will Love

You have landed in the center of glamour and excitement when it comes to movie making and television. It seems everyone in L.A. is a star, or at least wants to be one. Kids will love seeing some of their favorite sets and show hot spots with a tour of Universal Studios Hollywood. You can have the chance to catch a glimpse of the latest Hollywood hunk too!

Art museums in the city are also a big hit with kids, especially the modern ones with some interactive exhibits. Grab tickets to LACMA, which has rotating exhibits featuring large installations of modern creations, made from everything to oil paints and rubber neon tubing. In the more classically curated Getty Center there is a children’s section for them to play in as well as a train ride. But the galleries themselves hold many fascinating pieces of artwork as well worth seeing.

What the Kids Will Love

L.A. is not just all high fashion and even higher prices – there’s plenty of weird and wonderful experiences to be had as well. First, a trip to Venice Beach is a rite of passage for anyone visiting L.A., as this is the biggest concentration of sand, sun and people watching gold. The boardwalk is filled with street performers, singers, strollers, and plenty of ice cream to keep little ones entertained. Do stay opened minded through, because although the beach is great and the pizza is served by the slice, there’s a few lewd hecklers and perhaps a couple unsavory shops your brood is bound to notice.

To stave off any extra energy, you can channel your old glory days with a jaunt at Skateland, the city’s oldest roller rink. Going strong since 1958, this fun arena is well kept, clean, and super current, floating top tracks offered by live DJs. The family-friendly atmosphere will delight small kids, enchant teens, and offer you the chance to strap on those skates again. They also serve beer and munchies, which is a cheap option for lunch and relaxation.

Where to Stay

Picking the ideal cheap hotels in Los Angeles is an integral art of the process. Luckily, there’s several within the vicinity of most major attractions by car or taxi. For a little luxury that also welcomes pets and has a pool, you can give The Orlando a try. The Park Plaza Lodge Hotel is about half the price and still in a great central location, while The Metro Plaza Hotel has free breakfast and Wifi for connected and hungry crews.

Let us know if we can help in achieving your travel goals, we love to offer personal tips and advice – ask away. This post was created in partnership with the #HipmunkCityLove project. All opinions are our own and we only promote destinations we’ve experienced first hand (unless it’s on our bucket list!)

Eileen Cotter Wright

Author Eileen Cotter Wright

Eileen Cotter is a freelance travel journalist and owner of Pure Wander. She's our resident expat extraordinaire and falls down a lot in yoga class. Follow her on Twitter @PureWander.

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