School is out for the summer and we all know what that means! Keep the “I’m bored” ‘s away and explore these 10 fun and free family activities around LA!
What parent doesn’t want to combine learning and fun? The pairing is made even better when its free! Don’t miss the Science in Toyland exhibit and spin tops, set up dominoes, or build a mini roller coaster. Be sure to check out one of the daily shows or performances!
Travel Town is sure to please the younger members of your family, especially those familiar with Thomas! It is an outdoor transportation museum that houses BYO-train tables, large locomotives for imaginative play, and even train rides! Be sure to check the event calendar for Thomas the Train days and passenger car tours.
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is open year-round and operates on a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. Kids and adults alike will love exploring the many marine life exhibits including the Aquatic nursery.
Take your budding bookworms to the Central Library for a day out of the sun. This Children’s Literature Department puts all others to shame, with its beautiful murals and seemingly endless supply of books. While you are there catch one of the regularly scheduled programs including puppet shows, author and illustrator programs, craft activities and more.
Remember the days of drive in movies? Get that same summertime vibe with a family friendly outdoor movie in Los Angeles. There are multiple locations and movies so be sure to check what is playing in your neighborhood!
The Conservatory for Botanical Science provides hands-on opportunities for children and families to explore botanical science, while The Children’s Garden introduces youngsters to the wonders of the natural world through interactive sculptural elements.Discovery carts for kids are available on weekends from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., combining plants, artifacts and other objects for a hands-on experience. The Huntington Library is free the first Thursday of every month.
Let those wild munchkins release their energy by climbing the 100 foot high sand dune, or exploring the three acre park. Spend a little time on the swings, merry-go-round, and climbing equipment before eating lunch in the shaded picnic area.
Kids Workshops at Home Depot
Visit your local Home Depot on the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Young craftsmen who attend this event will receive a Kids Workshop apron, commemorative pin, and a certificate of achievement. The program includes a fun and educational project for the whole family! The Month of July features a skateboard pencil box. In order to secure your spot, it is best to register online before attending.
This is California, visit the beach! Though an obvious choice, it is no less fun for youngsters. Mothers Beach is a great option with kids! Play in the sand, splash in the waves, then run through the splash pad to wash away the sea salt!
Last but not least, don’t forget to regularly check the free family events in your area. Los Angeles neighborhoods offer a variety of free events regularly, and you don’t want to miss out!