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Free Places for Kids in Los Angeles

With Los Angeles being so huge, your kids have really no reason to be bored! There are plenty of fun and free places for kids in Los Angeles to visit. Check out our favorites:


Getty Center or Villa
Okay, there’s only one catch the the Getty and that’s the $15 parking fee, so if you want to avoid paying that fee we suggest using transit, getting a ride or car pooling. There’s always so much to do, and there’s also a fabulous food court.



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Kids and their parents get free admission to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art any old time they want to go. Art for NexGen is the nation’s only free youth membership program, offering free admission to anyone 17 and under along with one accompanying adult. If you want to join, print an enrollment form and bring it to the museum with you.


California Science Center

There is so much to do at the Science Center – including seeing the new exhibit housing the space shuttle Endeavor. The Science Center greatly appreciates contributions at the door when you can afford to make them, but when you can’t you’re just as welcome, with no questions asked; the “admission” price is a suggestion only.


Griffith Observatory
Although there is a cost to attend the films offered at the Observatory, there is plenty to do at Griffith Observatory without spending a cent. The many interesting interactive exhibits, the crazy epic views, and even the remarkable building itself make the trip a must-do!


Wells Fargo History Museum
The Wells Fargo History Museum is free and connects the bank’s history to the Gold Rush and early southern California, with displays that include an 1868 Wells Fargo stagecoach and rare gold coins and nuggets. A telegraph machine in the corner on the first floor allows kids to send messages between two tables using a Morse code chart.


Glendale College Planetarium Public Shows
A series of free astronomy presentations for both the GCC community and the general public covers a variety of topics every Wednesday (Spring 2013) from 12:30pm-1pm in the GCC planetarium (CS257). Topics for the different presentations explore our solar system, lunar phases, and the possibility of life on other planets.


The Fashion Institute of Design Museum
Admission is always free for families to check out the historical garments and costumes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum. You can check out costumes worn in movies throughout the ages.

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