25 Things To Do in Santa Monica with Kids

Activities for Families in Santa Monica, California

Whether you're a lucky family living in one of America's most popular tourist destinations, or a lucky tourist who's just arrived in Santa Monica, finding the fun in this gem of a SoCal seaside town isn't hard. When tourists from other countries imagine Los Angeles, what they're really picturing is Santa Monica. When Santa Monicans imagine Los Angeles, they just stay in Santa Monica. Between the miles of beaches, the wonderful and numerous city parks, and the inviting pedestrian zones, you might not need help finding a day's activities in Santa Monica; but if you do, we've got 25 great ideas for you.

  1. Enjoy the beach, pool, playground, splashpad, and historic guest house at the Annenberg Beach House.
  2. Do the Family Scavenger Hunt on Santa Monica Pier.
  3. Have dinner and drinks community style at the Tuesday Night Food Trucks.
  4. Feed (but don't overfeed!) the ducks at Douglas Park.
  5. Try the traveling rings and more at the Original Muscle Beach.
  6. Play on the huge whale play structure upstairs at Santa Monica Place.
  7. Ride the Pacific Park Ferris Wheel at sunset.
  8. Catch a show or concert at the Broad Stage.
  9. Ride the bike path at the beach (even better if you take one of the new green bike routes to get there!).
  10. Wake up to one of McCabe's Sunday morning family concerts.
  11. Help at a Heal the Bay beach clean-up.
  12. See a classic film at The Aero Theatre.
  13. Fly the kids-only flight simulator at the Museum of Flying.
  14. Experience the Night Sky Show at the Santa Monica College Planetarium.
  15. Paint a masterpiece at Paint Lab family art studio.
  16. Hit one of the four farmers' markets - especially Sunday morning on Main Street for the pony rides.
  17. Enjoy a summer evening concert at the Pier Twilight Concert Series.
  18. Enjoy a winter skating session on the best-ever outdoor ice rink.
  19. Get a sense of how it all began at the Santa Monica History Museum.
  20. Kiss a sea cucumber at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
  21. Visit the art galleries at See a family show or do a children's workshop at Santa Monica Playhouse.
  22. Make some old clothes new again at Cheryl Fudge Fashion Camp.
  23. Learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease at Trapeze School.
  24. Bring your own chess pieces to play alongside the pros on the boards at the Santa Monica Beach Chess Park.

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