Hidden Gems to Visit with Kids in LA

Hidden Gems to Visit with Kids in LA by Yombu
Yombu Post Author Chanel Hoole

Written by (Author):  Chanel Hoole
Last updated:  November 13, 2023

Los Angeles is a city filled with hidden gems that can be enjoyed by the whole family, especially kids. Beyond the bustling tourist attractions, there are numerous lesser-known spots that offer unique experiences for children and parents alike. Take it from someone who knows! Let’s explore the Hidden Gems to Visit with Kids in LA:

Travel Town Museum

Bear with me. Griffith Park has a couple of fantastic spots so there’ll be more where this came from! The Travel Town Museum is a treasure trove for train enthusiasts of all ages. This outdoor museum features a vast collection of vintage locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses. Kids can explore real trains and even climb aboard some of them. The museum offers a glimpse into the rich history of railways in California and is a fantastic place for little train enthusiasts. Its Fern Dell section is a hidden oasis within the park. A meandering, shaded pathway takes you through a lush, fern-filled ravine with small waterfalls and bridges – beautiful! It’s an ideal place for a family hike or a leisurely stroll amidst nature. Don’t forget to bring a picnic for a delightful outdoor meal.

Hidden Gems to Visit with Kids in LA Yombu Travel Town Museum
Travel Town Museum
Hidden Gems to Visit with Kids in LA Yombu The Bunny Museum
The Bunny Museum
Hidden Gems to Visit with Kids in LA Yombu El Matador Beach
El Matador Beach

Kidspace Children’s Museum

Tucked away in Pasadena, the Kidspace Children’s Museum offers an interactive and educational experience for kids. With numerous hands-on exhibits, a climbing structure, a splash pad, and a butterfly pavilion, it’s a fantastic place for young minds to explore, learn, and play.

The Bunny Museum

Sticking with Pasadena (I clearly know what works and keep with that!) – this quirky museum in Pasadena might be small, but it’s packed with an astonishing number of bunny-related items – from stuffed animals to bunny-themed art. It’s a delightful and unexpected destination that’s sure to amuse kids and adults alike. Plus, you can meet the museum’s live bunny residents! And okay, it might freak some people out, but that’s why we call it quirky!

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Japanese Garden at Huntington Library

Books? Some might say BORING! But the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is renowned for its art and botanical collections. However, the Japanese Garden within the complex is a serene oasis that offers a peaceful escape for families. Kids can explore the tranquil ponds, admire the koi fish, and cross traditional bridges while immersing themselves in Japanese culture and aesthetics.

El Matador Beach

If your family loves the beach but wants to avoid the crowds, El Matador Beach in Malibu is a hidden gem worth exploring. It’s known for its dramatic sea caves, rugged cliffs, and tide pools. While the steep staircase down to the beach may be challenging for young children, the stunning natural beauty and seclusion make it a memorable spot for family outings.

Los Angeles offers far more than just Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios. These hidden gems to visit with kids in LA provide opportunities for families to explore nature, history, and culture while creating lasting memories together. So, pack up the kids and embark on an adventure to discover the lesser-known treasures of the city. Snap a pic and tag us @yombuevents!


Where can I go with kids on a budget in LA?

We’re glad you asked! Besides the fantastic options above, check out our post on budget-friendly activities and places to eat with kids in LA.

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