The Best Activities To Do in LA With Your Toddler!

Updated: Mar 11, 2020

Having a Toddler is not easy when it comes to entertaining them, and you are probably tired of going to the park over and over again! We hear you, and we know how important it is to keep those little munchkins busy during the day. And that's why we came up with this list of fun things to do with toddlers.

Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium​

1600 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tue-Fri: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Sat-Sun:12:30 pm-6:00 pm

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 only $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! Kids Club is located near Mendocino Farms.

Explore Noah's Ark

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90049

Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 pm

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

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 adults. Last entry to Noah’s Ark is at 4:00 p.m. Last entry to other Museum galleries is at 4:30 p.m.

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 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 at the mall, or at the old farmer's market.


Zimmer Children's Museum

6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100

Los Angeles, CA 90048

​The Zimmer is a hands-on museum of discovery. The goal for the Zimmer Children's Museum is to provide a unique opportunity to share values, ethics, and cultures while demonstrating community responsibility and sensitivity. The museum has an area called Play Land just for toddlers. There’s a ton of cool things to do, from driving an ambulance and piloting a plane, to jamming with instruments or playing the massive pinball machine. Encourage your children to try any of the exhibits and fun projects. The museum encourages little children starting at six months to participate and offers non-toxic paint for all art projects.

Grand Park Splash Pads

210 N. Grand Ave.

Downtown LA 90012

5:30 am - 10:00 pm

Located in downtown Los Angeles 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 cup of coffee or a snack. The 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

Tues-Sun 10 am-4 pm

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

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. You can also paint and personalize virtual cars as well as trace and color your 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.

Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Highway

Santa Monica, CA 90402

The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public facility located on 5 acres of oceanfront property. The Splash Pad shoots water out of the ground, and is very popular with small children. The Splash Pad is open from May 1st through September 5th from 9am to 6pm daily. There are sitting areas and tables around the Splash Pad, with a restaurant nearby, "Back on the Beach Cafe", offering appetizing meals with a view of Ocean. Parking is $12 per day or $3 an hour.

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

5801 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

The La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park had pits of tar in which animals got stuck and died during the latter par of the last Ice Age (10,000 to 40,000 years ago). The animals thought the black pools of tar were water and got stuck. The black ozee preserved the bones that have been excavated, and are still being excavated today. Explore the tar pits, go inside the Museum to see what paleontologists have found, and get the inside story of the La Brea Tar Pits and experience how an actual Ice Age dig site works. The Museum also houses animal skeletons, including mammoths, mastodons, dire wolves, saber-toothed cats, and a variety of birds.

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90037

10 am - 5 pm

​The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. The Discovery Rooms are filled with cool hands-on experiments like a kitchen, a garden, construction site, and a kid-sized TV studio with costumes, which are perfect for exploring for kids 6 & under. After your exploration, you can enjoy a meal from one of the dining options located on the Science Center's 1st floor.