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Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles

When I first moved to Los Angeles, someone told me, "L.A. is what you make of it." The city is rich in so many different things—food, culture, music, shopping, nature, etc. that it really can be whatever you want it to be. For me, I've made L.A. into a town full of great eats, amazing local and indie designers, and a place where my daughter can learn and thrive from all the things L.A. has to offer. Today, I am sharing four of my favorite family-friendly spots in this city—all of which are free or inexpensive to enjoy.

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) | While I love art, I find so many museums to be too precious and too quiet. I need to be able to take my family to a place where kids are allowed to roam free and enjoy their surroundings just as much as the adults do. Ruby loves the giant noodle exhibit at the LACMA so we often find ourselves going there to visit that exhibit. They offer free art classes every day in the children's gallery. And on Sundays, the LACMA has Family Day where families can tour the museum for free.

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | LACMA

Afterwards, we love getting a bite to eat at Ray's at Stark Bar. It's fresh, healthy, delicious, and has items that feel fancy yet still totally kid friendly.

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round | Griffith Park is full of so many amazing little adventures. As you may have seen from our trip to Paris, Ruby loves merry-go-rounds, so we love bringing her here. It's only 10 minutes from our house and such a nice change from our usual afternoon playground trips. They also have popcorn and treats a plenty to add to the fun.

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Hollywood Farmer's Market

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Hollywood Farmer's Market

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Hollywood Farmer's Market

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Hollywood Farmer's Market

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Hollywood Farmer's Market

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | Hollywood Farmer's Market

The Hollywood Farmer's Market | Give me row after row of food, and I'm pretty much in heaven! We love going to the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sundays to pick up fresh produce and flowers for the week and simply to grab lunch from one of the many vendors (Thai, Korean, Mexican, Greek, and so many more). Ruby loves walking through and sampling fresh fruit, getting a balloon animal made, and playing instruments to the reggae kid's song played by Eddie Dread in one of the booths.

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | CoolHaus

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | CoolHaus

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | CoolHaus

Oh Joy | Family-Friendly Los Angeles | CoolHaus

Food Trucks | Los Angeles has the best food truck scene hands-down. Because the weather is great year-round, food trucks really thrive so well here. Our favorite weekly treat is a food truck gathering at On the Lot on Monday nights, but we also love finding food trucks whenever we happen to be near one. There's seriously a truck of every kind here—a grilled cheese truck, a lobster roll truck, a beignet truck—you name it, and it probably exists. Of course, one of our favorites is the CoolHaus truck which sells ice cream sandwiches where you can mix-and-match your choice of ice cream and cookies.

You can see a little video here of our adventures in action! One of the biggest things I try to live by as a parent is that even with a child, you can continue to have an active and cultured life. You just have to find places that the whole family will love and activities that keep everyone engaged and inspired.

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{Photos by Rachel Thurston. Video by Jenner Brown.}

25 comments

  1. Lovely pics, i would also add Grove (mall) to the list. That’s a wonderful open-air mall with lots of fun things for the kids. The Santa Monica farmer’s market is fun too and so is the Santa Monica pier. They have plenty of rides for the kids and there is always sand for them to play on 🙂

  2. I so agree with your last paragraph. I remember when I told people we were expecting, I actually had MORE than one person tell me that my life was “over.” I took that as a challenge, and we actually do more fun things now than before we had a kid! The only difference is that now our fun things happen in the day time instead of at night. I love it because you can get so much more creative with the things you find to do with kids, and now our quiet evenings at home (after bed time) are sacred.
    For anyone in Orange County, I have a Pinterest board with family-friendly fun things to do!
    http://www.pinterest.com/letsdiefriends/family-friendly-fun-in-oc/

  3. I don’t have any kids, but I love this idea that LA is what you make of it. So true. This makes me miss LA so much. I always loved showing guests “my LA.” I hope I will end up back there one day, maybe even raising a family. Can’t think of anything better.

  4. You forgot the beach and the 3rd Street Promenade! And of course someone mentioned The Grove already – can’t miss the trolley there (my son calls it “the trolley mall”) and the dancing fountain. Love LA!

  5. Another great bonus about the LACMA is that you can sign your kids up for a free membership with the “Arts of Nexgen” program. It allows one parent to get in for free with his or her child. If you have two kids, both parents and kids can get in for free at anytime.

  6. oh i wish you posted this last week we were just in la for the weekend. another favorite thing we love doing with the kids is going to the beach! a trip to la always includes a trip to santa monica beach!

  7. We live in Pasadena so we go to LACMA and Griffith Park with our 20 months old. But also Huntington Library and Botanical Garden (they have children’s garden) and Kidspace Children’s Museum are amazing too! Pasadena is like kids heaven so Ruby should check it out!

  8. I love all of these! I didn’t know about the merry-go-round so I will definitely add it to my LA bucket list.
    Thanks for sharing Joy!

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