Free Admission for Kids at 40+ Family Attractions, Museums, & Theme Parks in Los Angeles

The Great Park Balloon in Irvine is free for everyone! Photo courtesy of cityofirvine.org
The Great Park Balloon in Irvine is free for everyone! Photo courtesy of cityofirvine.org

Getting in free at Disneyland: it's one of those precious moments of childhood that if you blink, you miss. But unlike the ones you can't put a price on, this one is worth about $100. In other words, it's really worth keeping track of when those free admission deals for kids run out. If you're working your way down our Bucket List for Los Angeles Kids, you should probably coordinate with the cut-off ages below; some of the museums you can catch on their free admission days (and happily, some are free every day!), but the theme parks, museums, and other attractions listed below really drive home the bittersweet point that you're only young once.

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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.

Free Attractions in Los Angeles for Kids Under 2

1. America's Teaching Zoo

2. La Habra Children's Museum

3. Los Angeles Zoo

4. Noah's Ark at the Skirball

5. Santa Barbara Zoo

6. Underwood Farms

Free Admission for Kids at the Page Museum

Kids are free at the Page Museum before they turn 3! Photo courtesy of the Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits

Free Attractions in Los Angeles for Kids Under 3

7. Aquarium of the Pacific

8. Autry Museum

9. Discovery Science Center

10. Disneyland & Disney's California Adventure

11. IMAX Movies at the California Science Center

12. Island Packers Channel Island & Wildlife Cruises

13. Knott's Berry Farm

14. Legoland

15. Madame Tussauds Hollywood

16. Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor

17. Museum of Flying

18. Natural History Museum

19. Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits

20. Raging Waters

21. San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

22. SeaWorld San Diego

23. Soak City

24. Splash! Buccaneer Bay

25. Universal Studios Hollywood

Free Attractions in Los Angeles for Kids Under 4

26. The Huntington Gardens

27. Petersen Automotive Museum

28. Ripley's Believe It or Not

Free Attractions in Los Angeles for Kids Under 5

29. Descanso Gardens

30. Los Angeles County Arboretum

31. Los Angeles Metro Trains & Buses

32. Mission San Juan Capistrano

Free Admission for Kids at the Grammy Museum

Kids 5 and under get in for free at the Grammy Museum. Photo courtesy of the Grammy Museum

Free Attractions in Los Angeles for Kids Under 6

33. Adamson House & Malibu Lagoon Museum

34. GRAMMY Museum

35. Heritage Square Museum

36. LA County Fair

Free Attractions in Los Angeles for Kids Under 12

37. Bowers Museum

38. Museum of Latin American Art

39. Rose Bowl Flea Market

Free Admission for Kids at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium 
Fun interactive exhibits prioritize an environmental message at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Photo courtesy of the aquarium

Free Attractions in Los Angeles for Kids Under 13

40. Los Angeles Maritime Museum

41. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Free Admission for Kids at the Academy Museum 
Check out the iconic Rosebud Sled from Citizen Kane. Photo courtesy of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Free Attractions in Los Angeles for Kids Under 18

42. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

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

44. Pacific Asia Museum

Free Attractions in Los Angeles for Kids Under 19

45. Norton Simon Museum

46. Orange County Great Park Balloon Ride (Free for all as of 2019!)

Originally published May 13, 2013

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