Los Angeles Kids
1220 5th St., Santa Monica
Though its just two-blocks from the Third Street Promenade, which sucks up a lot of the area’s oxygen, this is inarguably one of the most special toy shops in the country. Everything h ...
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica
Sitting on the site of what was once a giant mansion that Randolph Hearst built for actress Marion Davies in the ’20s, this is now a 5-acre, completely public beach house, complete with th ...
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
The aquarium doesn’t just stop at fish: There’s also a very friendly flock of lorikeets, along with sea birds, seals, and sea otters. There are several permanent ‘Galleries ...
Boone Childrens’ Gallery @ LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd., West Hollywood
While the kid-friendly galleries at LACMA are packed with inspiration, on the second floor of Hammer Building you’ll find a space where little ones can actually put brush to paper and make ...
Brentwood Art Center
13031 Montana Ave., Brentwood
Brentwood Art Center’s classes cater to all kinds of artistic interest, from drawing techniques to comic book illustration. During the summer and winter breaks, Brentwood Art Center al ...
1405 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Equal parts clothing boutique and toy store, this is the sort of place where you can pick up a gift for anyone under 10. It’s very well-edited, meaning that there aren’t a ton of ...
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr., South LA
The Space Shuttle Endeavor is parked on-site, there’s an IMAX theater, and you can ride a high-wire bicycle perched 43-feet above the ground. Those are just some of the flashiest thrills: ...
2710 Main St., Santa Monica
This is one of those spots that will make you believe that having kids doesn’t always require a cacophony of brightly-colored plastic toys: Airy, and sparely stocked, Caro Bambino offe ...
Childrens’ Book World
10580 W. Pico Blvd., West LA
Boasting 80,000+ children’s books, this is a local siren song for any kiddo who likes to read—from board books for the under 2 set, to more involved chapter books for pre-teens.
Dan the Man’s Superkids
2347 Pontius Ave., West LA
This kid gym offers gymnastics classes for a range of age groups—beginning with their Jump Starters class for just 12-month-old littles, and expanding into more advanced classes for childr ...
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