25 Things To Do in Hollywood with Kids

Hollywood Kids Fun Guide - Activities for LA Families

We say, "Hooray for Hollywood!" because it offers more than just glitz and glam, celebrity hangouts, and infamous nightclubs. That's right. Believe it or not, Hollywood is also a go-to destination with kids in tow - and we're not just talking about hiking to the Hollywood sign. Feeling skeptical? Have a look at the 25 fun things we've found to do in and around Tinsel Town. And if you've got out-of-town guests looking for Hollywood movie sightseeing, we've got that covered, too.

(Heading for another part of town? Check out our 25 Things To Do in Culver City, 25 Things To Do in Burbank, or 101 Things To Do in LA with Kids!)

BlueBird LA Kids
652 N. Larchmont
Los Angeles, CA 90004
323.466.0408
BlueBird is a kids' upscale consignment shop, meaning you'll find high-end clothing here (in good condition) at a reduced price. Sure, resale stores are "hit or miss." But when you hit here, you score. Big time.

Cake and Art
8709 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.657.8694
Cake and Art not only provides fun and festive cakes for all occasions, it also offers cake decorating classes for adults and kids alike. What could be more delicious than decorating cupcakes with a group of friends using tricks and tips typically reserved for professionals? Create 3D frosting flowers, use an airbrush machine, and dust your creation with edible gold.

De Longpre Park
1350 North Cherokee Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
213.847.3599
It's a pocket park, meaning it's small and not staffed. But De Longpre Park is a lovely spot for a ride down the slide, a swing on the swing, and a picnic under the ample shade trees. Dogs are welcome, too.

Duff's Cakemix
8302 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
323.650.5555
Once all the rage on the Food Network's Ace of Cakes, Duff Goldman -- cake creator extraordinaire -- has opened a shop in Hollywood, and if you're lucky, he might be there the day you come to visit. Choose a cake flavor, filling and frosting, and then have at it, making a decorated cake of your dreams. Reservations required.

El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
818.845.3110
With its refurbished 1926 decor and Wurlitzer organ playing music to entertain before the show, El Capitan Theatre is sure to delight. Whether you're there to watch a live stage show or a first run Walt Disney movie, you'll marvel at the grand curtain that rises to reveal the stage and screen. Get ready to slide down in your chair, chomp your popcorn, and enjoy the show.

For Kids Only
746 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.650.4885
Clothing for kids only, that is, and lots of it. European and American designer clothes galore, including imported Italian wool suits for boys (in case you're in the market for one). Voted "Best Children's Clothing and Shoe Store" multiple times by LA Magazine's Best of LA. Fantastico!

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
213.473.0800
It's all things sky and space and the beyond here, so let your curiosity and imagination soar. A quick peak at the calendar reveals there is more than just stellar city views, planetarium shows, and a fully stocked gift shop perched here atop the hill overlooking Hollywood. Griffith Observatory is a must-see for adults and little ones. Weekends draw great crowds, which means parking can be tricky, so please plan accordingly.

Guinness Book of Records Museum
6764 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.463.6433
Remember the paperback Guinness Book of World Records books with the sometimes old, creepy, black & white photos we looked at as kids (perhaps I'm dating myself)? Now the books are large, hardcover, and full of digital color pics. Times have changed, but the intrigue of being a record holder hasn't. What kid doesn't want to someday grace the pages? Step into the museum and see some larger-than-life displays of the most bizarre to the most amazing. These family-friendly activities will engage the kids before you even set foot in the museum.

Hollywood Boulevard
Best parking is at Hollywood & Highland.
Sure it's a tad run down, attracts the tourist masses, and can be hot at noon on a summer day. But take a stroll along the boulevard on any given morning or afternoon and you'll be surprised at how much more the boulevard has to offer. Looking for a particular celebrity star along the sidewalk? You can find it easily. Want to wave at Spongebob, have a picture taken with Wonder Woman, high-five Spiderman? The likes of them are wandering the area near the Hollywood & Highland Center, and the TCL Chinese Theatre. There are souvenir shops, sunglasses stands, and fine shopping, not to mention the countless other attractions (many of which are listed here above and below).

Hollywood Bowl Overlook
7036 Mulholland Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Built in preparation to wow guests headed to the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Jerome C. Daniel Overlook still wows its visitors nearly 30 years later. Stunning views of the Hollywood Bowl, the Griffith Park Observatory, the San Fernando Valley, and on a clear day even Catalina Island abound. It's well worth a visit.

Hollywood Farmers Market
Ivar Ave. and Selma Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Sundays, 8AM-1PM
Yet another glorious LA area market, with rows and stalls of fresh, local produce, entertainment, and prepared foods. Check it out.

Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323.817.0200
Eat here, shop here, be entertained here, even sleep here if you're making an overnight of it. Hollywood & Highland has become a Hollywood hub. The Academy Awards are held in the Dolby Theatre (housed here), and Lucky Strike bowling lanes (listed below) are on Level 1. The parking garage offers the best rate in town ($2 for up to 4 hours, with validation).

The Hollywood Museum
1660 N. Highland Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
310.464.7776
Warning: There's a creep factor here. The Dungeon of Doom, for example, featuring Hannibal Lecter's actual movie prison cell (shudder) is not for little eyes. But Harry Potter's robe and his wands are indeed a must see in the Harry Potter exhibit! The History of Hollywood in Pictures is also a draw, with more than 1,000 black-and-whites from Hollywood days gone by.

The Hollywood Sign
On a clear day you see it from practically everywhere. And on a grey day, even if you can't make out the letters, you know that faint pail strip is none other than the infamous Hollywood Sign. We recommend taking a hike to get up closer.

Hollywood Tours
We know, walking can be overrated. So why not sit back and enjoy the ride as you breeze by the Hollywood sites, celebrity homes, and more on a tour bus. There are many options and routes from which to choose.

Lucky Strike
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323.467.7776
All ages are welcome here, and with ramps and bumpers available to line the lanes (and keep the balls from drifting into the pesky gutters) no kid will get discouraged. Reservations and walk-ins accepted.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood
6933 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
This being LA, Madame Tussauds Hollywood is of course filled with wax celebrity look-alikes. Johnny Depp, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Justine Timberlake, Angelina Jolie? Yep, they're all here. So, too, is a replicated scene from Star Trek, as well as wax mugs of western favorites (yes, you can pose with the likes of John Wayne). Oh, but there's so much more, and some so real looking your little ones will be truly amazed.

Mel's Drive-In
1660 N. Highland
Hollywood, CA 90028

8585 Sunset Blvd.
W. Hollywood, CA 90069

Sit outside at Mel's West Hollywood location and take in the sounds of bustling Sunset Boulevard. Or head over to the Mel's Hollywood joint located in the original Max Factor building, and imagine movie stars of yesteryear getting their glam on in the beauty salon that once graced that space. At either location, there are burgers, fries, shakes, and a full-on breakfast menu.

Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.468.1770
We may not have Broadway, but here in LA we have the Pantages. With a steady stream of musicals and light opera productions gracing its stage, the Pantages Theatre keeps adults and kids alike awash with musical and theatrical entertainment.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not
6780 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323.466.6335
They call it an "Odditorium." Get it? Odditorium? And odd it is, so maybe it's not for the littlest ones in your crew (though kids 4 and under do get in for free). But those with a curiosity about the bizarre, the unusual, and, yes, the unbelievable will be enthralled by this Hollywood museum favorite.

Starring You
6773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.462.5991
The Walk of Fame is no longer reserved solely for famous actors, singers, and the like. Now you and your little entertainer can enjoy a moment in the spotlight. Starring You takes your photo next to a star blazing with your name, too. Fame never felt so good.

Sunset Ranch
3400 N. Beachwood Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
323.469.5450
Ages 8+
Giddy up! Sunset Ranch offers guided one or two hour tours of the Griffith Park hills. Take in stunning views of Griffith Park, greater Los Angeles, and the Hollywood Sign. Private horseback riding lessons are also offered.

TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323.465.4847
There are so many famous handprints out front we all forget there's actually a movie theater inside. After you're done squatting down and matching your hands to theirs (or your boot print to John Wayne's, or the side of your face to John Barrymore's), why not consider taking in a film?

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
800.864.8377
It's like a theme park in our own back yard. Scream and raise your arms on some rides, then take a studio tour. Universal Studios Hollywood is fun-filled and action-packed, with a CityWalk to boot, offering food, movies, and even more entertainment.

West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.652.5340
Newly renovated into a Certified Green Building boasting a LEED Silver rating, the West Hollywood Library (part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library System) is a sought after destination, even if you're not looking for a good book to read. Stunning views of the city from the large picture windows, a dreamy children's area and reading space, a children's theater, and story times peppered throughout the week. You could spend an entire day here (especially given Jones Coffee Roasters is on the ground floor).

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Cake and Art
8709 Santa Monica Blvd.
90069 West Hollywood , CA
Phone: 310.657.8694
34° 5' 15.1872" N, 118° 22' 49.962" W
California
Duff's Cakemix
8302 Melrose Ave.
90069 West Hollywood , CA
Phone: 323.650.5555
34° 5' 0.6036" N, 118° 22' 14.8656" W
California
Jerome C. Daniel Overlook above the Hollywood Bowl
7036 Mulholland Dr.
90068 Los Angeles , CA 34° 6' 58.9644" N, 118° 20' 34.1268" W
California
The Hollywood Museum
1660 N Highland Ave.
90028 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 323.464.7776
34° 6' 3.7692" N, 118° 20' 19.2012" W
California
Lucky Strike
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Hollywood , CA
Phone: 323.467.7776
34° 6' 9.4536" N, 118° 20' 25.35" W
California
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
6933 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Hollywood , CA
Phone: 323.798.1670
34° 6' 6.5988" N, 118° 20' 29.5116" W
California
West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
90069 West Hollywood , CA
Phone: 310.652.5340
34° 4' 55.2432" N, 118° 23' 2.4144" W
California
TCL Chinese Theatres
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Hollywood , CA
Phone: 323.465.4847
34° 6' 6.354" N, 118° 20' 27.1752" W
California
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
91608 Universal City , CA
Phone: 800.864.8377
34° 8' 17.8224" N, 118° 21' 11.9412" W
California
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 818.845.3110
34° 6' 0.414" N, 118° 19' 52.0536" W
California
For Kids Only
746 N. Fairfax Ave.
90046 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 323.650.4885
34° 6' 53.0316" N, 118° 21' 49.4136" W
California
Hollywood and Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Hollywood , CA
Phone: 323.817.0200
34° 6' 7.5456" N, 118° 20' 20.9868" W
California
BlueBird LA Kids
652 N. Larchmont
90004 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 323.466.0408
34° 4' 15.5352" N, 118° 19' 24.7764" W
California
Guinness Book of World Records Museum
6764 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 323.463.6433
34° 6' 0.414" N, 118° 19' 52.0536" W
California
Hollywood Farmers Market
1600 Ivar Ave.
90028 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 323.463.3171
34° 5' 58.4268" N, 118° 19' 41.3796" W
California
Mel's Drive-In
1660 N. Highland
90028 Hollywood , CA
Phone: 323.465.3111
34° 6' 3.8268" N, 118° 20' 18.7152" W
California
Mel's Drive-In
8585 Sunset Blvd.
90069 West Hollywood , CA
Phone: 323.854.7201
34° 5' 37.6764" N, 118° 22' 40.3644" W
California
Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 323.468.1770
34° 6' 0.414" N, 118° 19' 52.0536" W
California
Starring You
6773 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 323.462.5991
34° 6' 0.414" N, 118° 19' 52.0536" W
California
Ripley's Believe it Or Not
6780 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Hollywood , CA
Phone: 323.466.6335
34° 6' 5.6808" N, 118° 20' 2.1372" W
California
Jones Coffee Roasters
625 N San Vicente
90069 West Hollywood , CA
Phone: 626.564.9291
34° 4' 55.9092" N, 118° 23' 1.9428" W
California
De Longpre Park
1350 North Cherokee Ave.
90028 Hollywood , CA
Phone: 213.847.3599
34° 5' 44.124" N, 118° 20' 6.8352" W
California
Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
90027 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 213.473.0800
34° 7' 6.1608" N, 118° 18' 1.2672" W
California
Sunset Ranch
3400 N Beachwood Dr.
90068 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 323.469.5450
34° 6' 35.7732" N, 118° 19' 12.9756" W
California