The Best Activities To Do With Your Toddler in LA!

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

There is so much to do in LA with toddlers. Where should we even begin? Let's start with some sea creatures, and moon jellies, mix it in with some story time, fun performances, pony rides, Noah's Ark, splash pads, and some amazing car characters to learn about.

Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium​

1600 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tue-Fri: 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Sat-Sun:12:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays

This under-the-radar aquarium on the Santa Monica pier is home to 100 species of marine animals and plants. Kids rave about the interactive exhibits, the mesmerizing "moon jellies," and watching aquarium staff feed the horn and swell sharks. With Touch Tanks, Sharks, hands-on activities, and daily educational programs, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is a perfect place to take your little one. Adults and kids 13+ are $5 per person and Kids under 12 are free.

Mother Goose Story Time

Beverly Hills Public Library

444 N Rexford Dr

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Visit Beverly Hills Public Library on Mondays between 10:00 am - 10:45 for a "Mother Goose Story Time". No registration is required. All storytimes are presented in the Children’s Library Little Theater and are free. After Story-time you can stay and play with your kid at the kid's playroom, or read your own stories at the kid's section of the library.

Kids Club - Marina Del Rey

The Waterside at Marina Del Rey

4700 Admiralty Way

Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Enjoy a terrific selection of enriching activities for kids, parents and caregivers every Tuesday at The Waterside from 11:15am - 12:15pm. Join for a free weekly dose of fun, including music, entertainment and so much more!

Explore Noah's Ark

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays and holidays

Visit Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, the permanent, award-winning children's and family destination that's the talk of the town! Play, climb, build, explore, make believe, and make friends–all while exploring a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark, filled to the rafters with whimsical animals. If you go on Tuesdays between 1:00 pm to 1:25 pm, you can also join for a circle time and singing with your little one. Caregivers, babies, and young children will learn songs and lap games, meeting new friends as they sing, move, and play together. This story time is more suitable for kids 2-6 years old. Admission is $7 for kids, and $12 for audults. Last entry to Noah’s Ark is at 4:00 p.m. Last entry to other Museum galleries is at 4:30 p.m.

As part of Bank of America’s “Museums on Us” program, visitors who show a Bank of America credit or debit card and photo ID at the admissions desk may gain ONE free Museum entry per person. Valid for walk-up sales only and may not be applied to tickets already purchased. Does not guarantee Noah’s Ark admission. Please call the Museum before you go. Contact: (310) 440-4500.

Storytime at Brentwood Public Library

Brentwood Branch Library,

11820 San Vicente Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

Every Wednesday between 10:00 am to 10:30 pm, enjoy an interactive storytime experience, sing, read and play together at Brentwood Public Library! Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, followed by free playtime with manipulative toys.

Kids Club - Grove

The Park at The Grove

189 The Grove Dr

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Every Thursday between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm at the Park at the Grove, Kids Club presents different free performances for children. Check the calendar of events here to check the schedule for weekly performances. You can picnic at the park, go for some shopping after the show, or grab a bite at one of the restaurants or the old farmer's market.

Story Time at LACMA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Ever wonder why dragons love tacos and why crayons decided to quit one day? Join Boone Gallery staff every Monday and Friday in August and September 2017 at 2 pm in the Korean art galleries as they take you on a reading journey into a world of folk tales and colors. Relate the stories to the art in the Chinese and Korean galleries in a comfortable space suitable for families and children of all ages.

Grand Park Splash Pads

210 N. Grand Ave.

Downtown LA, CA 90012

Hours: 5:30 am to 10:00 pm

Located in downtown Los Angeles in between the Music Center and City Hall, this 12-acre Park is an urban oasis complete with fountains and tons of green space. Your toddler will love the splash pad and the whimsical playground that looks like something straight out of story books. The splash pad has alternating jets that is so much fun for little kids. There are plenty of chairs for parents to seat, and a Starbucks nearby to enjoy a coup of coffee or a snack. The new Grand Park Playground is just a perfect way to warm up and get dry. Clean bathrooms are nearby and open all day.

Pony Rides at Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Hours: Tues-Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

One of our favorite things to do at Griffith Park is the Pony Rides, where for $3 a ride, you can choose from slow, medium, or fast ponies. Miniature covered wagon rides are also a feature of the pony concession. Griffith Park also boasts three different train rides: a larger locomotive operated at the Griffith Park & Southern Railroad, a smaller train rolling out of the Travel Town railroad, and the L.A. Zoo Choo Choo train. Located at the Los Feliz entrance to the Park.

Peterson Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90036

Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Through a ground-breaking partnership with Disney/Pixar, your little car lover can now be a part of an amazing experience found only at the Petersen. The Cars Mechanical Institute, inspired by the animated film, immerses visitors in different interactive stations where your kid can learn about the mechanical systems that make cars work. Your kiddo can also paint and personalize virtual cars as well as trace and color his/her own "Cars" character to take home. And your littlest car enthusiast can zoom toy cars around a racetrack. Admission is $15 for adults, $7 for kids and free for under 3.