Free Admission for Kids at Southern California's Biggest Family Attractions

We can all agree that childhood goes too fast, and there are so many things that if we blink we miss: the first walk around the block, a goodbye kiss at school, getting in free at Disneyland. Those first two you can't put a price on, but that last one? That's worth about $80-$100. In other words, it's really worth keeping track of when the freebies go away. If you're working your way down our LA Kids' Bucket List, you should probably coordinate with the cut-off ages below; some of the museums you can catch on their free admission days, but several other attractions below really drive home the bittersweet point that you're only young once.

Note that the cut-off ages below imply that when a child reaches the age listed, he or she no longer qualifies for free admission.

Under 2

Los Angeles Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo
Noah's Ark at the Skirball
Underwood Farms
Fillmore & Western Railway
McCabe's Family Concerts
La Habra Children's Museum

Under 3

Disneyland & California Adventure
Universal Studios
Knotts Berry Farm
Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor
San Diego Zoo & Safari Park
Aquarium of the Pacific
Natural History Museum
Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits
Autry Museum
Discovery Science Center
Splash! Buccaneer Bay
Soak City
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Petersen Automotive Museum
Museum of Flying

Under 4

IMAX Movies at the California Science Center
The Huntington Gardens

Under 5

Descanso Gardens
Los Angeles County Arboretum
Ripley's Believe It or Not
Los Angeles Metro Trains & Buses

Under 6

Heritage Square Museum
Adamson House & Malibu Lagoon Museum
Japanese American National Museum

Under 12

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Orange County Museum of Art
Bowers Museum
Pacific Asia Museum
Museum of Latin American Art
Rose Bowl Flea Market

Under 13

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Under 18

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with free Nexgen membership

Under 19

Norton Simon Museum
Orange County Great Park Balloon

Looking for even more ideas? We have neighborhood suggestions, too - like 25 things to do without leaving Burbank, Redondo BeachHollywood, or Culver City!

Top photo by Scott Brinegar courtesy of Disneyland

Originally published May 13, 2013