Having kids is so much fun. It is a great excuse to do things you used to do when you were a kid all over again. However, as you know, taking care of their basic needs is expensive, which makes it difficult for you to spend on your entertainment. Below is a list of top 10 free things you can do with kids in Los Angeles.
Hollywood Walk of Fame. Meander along the Walk of Fame to find the stars of your favorite celebrities.
Stroll the Venice Beach boardwalk. Check out the boardwalk performers. It’s a great place to people watch especially during the summer and on weekends. Limited free street parking is available in the neighborhood.
Attend a TV show taping with your teenagers. Tickets are always free but must be obtained in advance (first come, first served.) The minimum age for most shows is 14. For more information, contact Paramount Television Audience Shows (323) 956-1777, Fox Television Center (818) 506-0043, and Audiences Associates (323) 467-4697. Free tickets are also available outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Universal Studios Hollywood, and the Glendale Galleria.
Visit the California Science Center. General admission is free. (Parking is $ 6 or you can take Metro Bus 445. And there is a fee for some of the special attractions.) The Science Center is open 10 to 5.
Have a picnic at Griffith Park. Griffith Park, with over 4,000 acres of trails and park land, is the largest city park in the United States. It is famous for the Griffith Observatory and admission to the Observatory is free.
Sing-along at The Cow’s End. This cafe hosts a free sing-along for children up to age 4 years every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. They’re located at 34 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey.
Explore the Getty Museum. The building, gardens, and view are worth the visit alone. But the museum does house one of the best collections of art in the world. Admission is free, but parking is $ 7 per car, or you can take Metro Bus 761. Bike and motorcycle parking is free.
Pajama story time at Vroman’s. Kids from 2 to 8 years old can attend story time at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch in their pajamas every Saturday evening at 7 p.m. They’re located at 3729 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena. (626) 351-0828.
Play in an aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier. A basic touch tank style aquarium features local marine life.
Check out the fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits. The La Brea Tar Pits are located in Hancock Park where the most abundant Ice Age fossils in the world have been found. The fossils are on display at the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries. Admission is free on the first Tuesday of every month.
If you don’t feel like driving all over Los Angeles, just take your kids to one of the many beautiful Los Angeles beaches. If you bring shade, sunscreen, snacks, and toys, you have a ready-made all-day outing. Depending on how old your kids are, you may even get a little rest and relaxation there yourself.
Katie B. Marsh is author of The Parenting Game Plan – Negotiate, Compromise and Explore the Parenting Journey Together. A Unique Workbook to Help New and Expectant Parents. Go to http://BooksForSharing.com/ to download your FREE Parenting Style Compatibility Test to see how you and your spouse rate!