The big city of Los Angeles isn't just for the rich and famous. The size and diversity in Los Angeles County mean that it is home to a variety of family-friendly activities. Whether you feel like enrolling your toddler in a music class or spending a day among stingrays and starfish at the aquarium, you will find no shortage of opportunities to educate and stimulate your little one.
The Brentwood-Los Angeles branch of Kidville offers a variety of classes, programs and amenities for children up to age 5. Program offerings include ballet and hip-hop, art classes and muscle workouts designed to develop gross motor skills. On the rare occasion that the weather in Los Angeles is less than appealing, Kidville converts one of its gyms into a supervised indoor playspace where your toddler can safely run, climb and play with his peers. Your toddler might also enjoy taking part in a tot class at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, where he will have opportunity to explore the zoo's animal collection and participate in hands-on activities.
Pasadena's Kidspace Children's Museum is filled with hands-on experiences that will help your toddler to learn and grow. An outdoor play area provides a safe learning space with toddler-appropriate toys to play with as your little one experiments and discovers. Your budding artist can create a masterpiece in the art center of the Digging Deeper Exhibit Gallery. The Early Childhood Learning Center -- for children ages 4 and under -- is designed specifically to engage your toddler's senses in a safe place for him to crawl, walk and practice social skills. Though your tot may be too young to appreciate the art collection at The Getty Center, he may enjoy strolling around The Central Garden or taking in the fountains of the Museum Courtyard followed by a picnic on the museum's scenic grounds.
The Los Angeles Public Library includes dozens of branches throughout Los Angeles County that are home to a variety of toddler programs. In addition to hosting story times and puppet shows, the children's section of the Central Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library features beautiful murals depicting California's history. The Santa Monica Library has a courtyard where your little one can play outside if he tires of being indoors -- and the activity room also hosts LEGO block parties. The Beverly Hills Library has everything from a stage to a playroom complete with puppets and dress-up clothes.
Down by the Sea
For a free activity that you and your toddler can enjoy together, visit the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier. This small aquarium and research lab is hands on and easy for your little one to explore. Stop by the Tide Pool Touch Tank and allow your toddler to touch the likes of starfish and stingrays. Whether you spend the day on the sand watching surfers or riding the historic carousel at the end of the pier, your toddler will also love visiting the iconic and bustling Santa Monica Pier.