What area in Los Angeles is nice for a 5 day stay with kids?

What area in Los Angeles is nice for a 5 day stay with kids?

Postby jarrod » February 2nd, 2015, 8:39 am

In the city, near retail shopping and entertainment ? What things can be done in LA with a 5 and 7 year old kids? Where are the best places to shop?
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What area in Los Angeles is nice for a 5 day stay with kids?

Postby egidius41 » February 2nd, 2015, 8:40 am

In the city, near retail shopping and entertainment ? What things can be done in LA with a 5 and 7 year old kids? Where are the best places to shop?
There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my list of “must sees” for families with kids. Visit as many as you have time for.: Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. #1 Destination. Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. #2 Destination. Even if you don’t visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Tour, Downtown Disney District and Universal City Walk are very fun places to visit for shopping and eating. And they’re free to visit. If you’re adventurous, try the indoor skydiving (www.iflyhollywood.com). It’s a blast! Hollywood: Most kids won’t really like the Walk of Fame or Chinese Theater, but they might enjoy the people dressed in costume who stand in front of the Chinese Theater. They will pose with you or the kids, and expect tip money. Right across the street is the El Capitan theater, which was restored to its former glory, is owned by Disney and shows Disney movies. Olvera Street/Union Station: Olvera Street is the birthplace of LA, and it emphasizes our Mexican heritage. In addition to the Avila Adobe (oldest building in LA), you can eat at some pretty good Mexican Restaurants, do a little shopping, and taste a churro. If you don’t want to go to Tijuana, this is as close as it gets without going there. Union Station has great architecture from a bygone age. Also, you are 2 blocks from Phillippe’s (see below). Santa Monica Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. (The Sting and "Three's Company" come immediately to mind).Bubba Gump Shrimp Company right on the pier. Kids love the rides on the pier, and the games. Or just playing in the sand. Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, Pony Rides and Griffith Park Railroad, Merry-Go-Round, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. While the zoo is not as good as San Diego Zoo, it is still good, and enough to entertain most kids. The Pony Rides and railroad are for the younger kids. Travel Town is a rail museum where you’re not SUPPOSED to climb on the engines, but kids have been ignoring those signs for 40 years. The recently renovated Observatory is a lot of fun. Or you can just play in one of the picnic areas in the park. There are plenty of toys to play on. Los Angeles Science Center: A favorite museum for kids for over 40 years. Exposition Park, by the Coliseum. Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana: The big cube right next to I-5, exit Main St. Los Angeles Children’s Museum: Located in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, currently under construction. Original location near the Music Center is closed. La Brea Tar Pits/Paige Museum: What kid doesn’t like dinosaur exhibits? Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach: Lots of fun marine exhibits for kids to explore. And the mac and cheese at Bubba Gump’s across the street is good, too. Legoland, Carlsbad: This is more of a San Diego attraction, but kids 10 and under generally love it. Places to Stay: Since LA is so spread out, there is no single place that is close to EVERYTHING. Most people who come here tend to stay in Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Anaheim. In Hollywood, I recommend the Orchid Suites, Hollywood Celebrity Hotel, or Holiday Inn Walk of Fame, all near Hollywood and Highland. In Santa Monica, the Holiday Inn Santa Monica is close to the pier and reasonably priced. In Anaheim, I recommend the Howard Johnson (HoJo) Anaheim, and the Candy Cane Inn. There is also a nice place in Burbank called the Best Western Media Center, very close to Warner, NBC, and Universal Studios. Places to eat: In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone. Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. You might even see a celebrity. Maybe. Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. The original location is at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown. Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, you might spot a celebrity. Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station and Olvera Street. Watch the mustard, it’s hot. Tito’s Taco’s: Voted best tacos in LA, even though it’s in Culver City. King Taco is a good alternate if you can deal with East LA. The Pantry: Corner of Figueroa and 9th, downtown. Huge portions, they never close, GREAT steak and eggs. Medieval Times and/or Pirate’s Dinner Adventure: Dinner and an adventure show, both are on Beach Blvd in Buena Park, you get to eat with your hands. Places to Shop: Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica The Grove, Los Angeles Americana @ Brand, Glendale Beverly Center, Los Angeles Citadel Outlets, Commerce Brea Mall, Brea The Block at Orange, Orange South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa Fashion Island, Newport Beach
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Postby wilhelm » February 2nd, 2015, 8:41 am

Definitely stay in Hollywood. It's the center of tourism, has terrific restaurants, great shopping, many tourist attractions. The Hollywood and Highland Center has good shopping and great restaurants/coffee shops and a Metro stop on the lower level. http://hollywoodandhighland.com/ You can use the Metro system to get to other tourist attractions, such as Universal Studios/City Walk, easily. http://www.metro.net/ Loew's Hollywood Hotel is adjacent to the Hollywood and Highland Center and is an excellent hotel. http://www.loewshotels.com/Hollywood-Hot... The best places to shop are: the Grove http://www.thegrovela.com/ Abbot Kinney Blvd. http://www.abbotkinneyonline.com/ Santee Alley http://www.thesanteealley.com/ Santa Monica Place http://santamonicaplace.com/ Here's a website with lots of information about visiting in L.A. http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/
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