25 Things to Do with Kids in Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey

Marina del Rey Kids Fun Guide - Activities for LA Families near the Beach

Turns out, Marina del Rey -- "Marina of the King" -- is also fit for a kid. So, too, is its neighbor, Playa del Rey. That's right. Whether you're seeking food, recreation, an outdoor romp, or a dip in the water, Marina and Playa del Rey are sure to float your boat. Read on for our 25 favorite things to do in the area - perfect for when 100 things to do in LA sounds like too many, and BurbankHollywoodRedondo Beach, or even Culver City sounds too far away.

1. Roll down the grassy hills and watch the boats go by in Burton W. Chace Park
2. Stop by the Marina del Rey Farmer's Market for fresh, local fruits and veggies, prepared food and more.
3. Swing, slide and romp around the recently renovated Glen Alla Park.
4. Have a splash in the gentle waters of Mother's Beach.
5. Take a ride along the Ballona Creek bike path.
6. Sail above the waves with Marina Del Rey Parasailing.
7. Walk through the delightful display of plants, bushes and yard decor at the Marina del Rey Garden Center.
8. Browse the kids' books at one of the few remaining Barnes and Noble bookstores (with free parking).
9. Stop by the Waterside Marina Del Rey for weekly Kids' Club activities.
10. This 4th of July, watch fireworks light up over the water from one of many Marina del Rey locations.
11. Rent bikes from Daniel's Bike Rentals and explore the bike paths and marina.
12. Take a stroll through the Yvonne B. Burke Park.
13. Pick out something special for that favorite new baby in your life at Innovative Baby.
14. Visit the quaint and cozy (especially the kids' section) Lloyd Taber-Marina Del Rey Library.
15. Next holiday season, delight in the Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade.
16. Try paddle boarding or kayaking at Marina Paddle.
17. Consider dining on the water with a Starlight Dinner Cruise.
18. Go on a walking tour of the Ballona Wetlands.
19. Head over to Vista del Mar Park and watch the underbellies of departing LAX airplanes
20. See the large marsh birds that come to wander and wade at Del Rey Lagoon.
21. Grab some breakfast and a hot cup of joe at family-friendly Joni's Coffee.
22. Steal away to the Inn at Playa del Rey. (And if/when Grandma's in town, feel free to leave the kids with her.)
23. Send the kids to kayaking, paddle board and surfing camp through the UCLA Marina Aquatics Center.
24. Hop aboard the Marina del Rey WaterBus for transportation around the Marina's many hot spots. Strollers and bikes welcome.
25. Enjoy dinner with a view at Tony P's Dockside Grill.

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