Fun for Kids
. Fun 4 Kids
Tips for Finding Fun for the
Los Angeles is a great
place for children, from sunny California beaches to snowy mountains,
from Disneyland to the LA Zoo, there are many fun family things to do.
Here is a selection. Email us
Town (5200 Zoo Drive, at the northwest corner of Los
Angeles' Griffith Park). Do you have a kid who loves trains? Then
you need to visit Travel Town, an outdoor museum that preserves and
celebrates the railroad heritage of the western United States. Kids
can play on real-life locomotives, see a huge model train in
operation (weekends only), and ride the scale train that circles the
perimeter of the museum. Travel Town also has picnic tables and
barbeque facilities, which makes it an ideal location for a birthday
party. Admission to the museum is free, but there is a small charge
for riding the train. The Museum is open Monday through Friday,
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday and Saturday, 10:00 a/m/ to 5:00
p.m. Closing time is one hour later in summer.
The Santa Monica Airport
(3223 Donald Douglas Loop South) is a great place to take boys and girls
interested in airplanes. The
airport has a small observation deck where little kids can enjoy
watching planes land and take off.
Bigger kids also will have fun looking at city buildings and the
ocean through a telescope or visiting the flight museum located across
the runways from the observation area.
After watching the planes, the family can eat at one of several
restaurants located within the airport complex (Spitfire Grill is
probably the most kid-friendly). Parking and observing are both free.
The California Science Center
(700 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037) currently has
a new exhibit entitled Magic: The Science of Illusion.
You and your kid(s) will have a great time having your mind read,
floating in thin air, and seeing a talking head without its body.
In addition to the special magic exhibit, your kid(s) can enjoy
the Centerís permanent exhibits, which involve hands-on experiences
designed to teach visitors about the universe, the planet, life on
Earth, and human innovations. The
California Science Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except
for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, and Magic: The Science
of Illusion runs though February 2001.
Admission to the California Science Center is free.
The Boone Childrenís
Gallery at LACMA West (corner of Wilshire and Fairfax) currently has
a wonderful exhibit called California NOW.
It includes 11 pieces of artwork that kids can play with (e.g., a
room full of pillows to jump around in, a microphone to sing into,
etc.), plus a large area for creating original artwork.
The exhibit is scheduled to be open until September 2001 and,
best of all, admission is FREE. The galleryís hours are: 12 pm to 8 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 11 am to 8 pm Saturday, Sunday;
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