While Los Angeles is a pretty entertaining place for adults, it happens to be pretty great for little kids, too. From cultural displays to fun learning experiences and inspiring visuals, activities and opportunities for toddlers are also great social gatherings for parents, making them awesome events for the whole family. If you have a toddler and are fortunate enough to live in Los Angeles, you might want to check out these five activities. Who knows, you could rub shoulders with today’s hottest celeb’s nannies.
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Toddlers get bored easily, and holding their attention for longer than a minute can be challenging. But they will certainly be enraptured by the L.A. Zoo’s stuffed animal collection, which can come to life with more that 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles on display and including 29 species on the endangered list. The botanical garden is another visual spectacle. With over 800 plant species come butterflies, birds and other creatures, making it a fun and memorable day for everyone.
Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91342
There’s a lot to do at the Discovery Cube! It’s the perfect place for families with kids of different ages as there is something for everyone, including the toddlers. From the animal grossology exhibit to Adventures With Clifford The Big Red Dog and the Cube Jr. Early Learner’s Zone that helps the youngest member of your family build reading and language skills. The 4D Theater will amaze you and your kids with literally in-your-face documentaries about the world we live in and the animals we live there with.
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a little bit of a drive, but totally worth it. While the toddlers are mesmerized by the colorful fish and sea creatures, parents can learn about all kinds of life in the mysterious ocean. From sharks to jellyfish to endangered coral species and sea turtles, there is something to be learned, as well as something to be awestruck by, around every corner. The aquarium webcams will give you a close-up of sea creatures in different locations so you won’t miss the more reclusive species ,and the Tropical Pacific Gallery’s 16 exhibits display more than 1,000 types of fish and coral.
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Great for toddlers and kids who love to discover and learn, the Kidspace Children’s Museum has something for all ages. Enroll in any of the Early Learner Programs (10 months – 4 years old) that work on motor skills and socialization and promote hands-on learning. There’s even something for the parents to learn. Workshops can teach first-time parents, as well as caregivers, how to teach growing children social and communication skills. For some of the older kids, there are workshops that can inspire with science and art.
Los Angeles County Museum Of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Is your child the next Picasso or Rembrandt? Perhaps a groundbreaking contemporary artist in the making? The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has award-winning art programs to teach, inspire and appreciate art. Exposure to masterpieces and encouragement to create at a young age opens channels for other learning tools to be absorbed. Many of the children’s art classes at LACMA have a minimum age of 6, but some classes allow children as young as 3 years of age to attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.