15 Los Angeles Museums for Kids

15 Best Museums for Kids in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Here’s your guide to 15 of the most beloved Los Angeles museums for kids of all ages.  Whether you are visiting, kids have a day off of school, or just want to do some exploring, Los Angeles has a lot of great options for kids!

Kidspace Museum- Pasadena
Amongst Southern California’s premier family destinations, Kidspace Children’s Museum is located on nearly 3.5 acres in Pasadena, and boasts more than 40 hands-on, interactive exhibits, activities, and programs.

Cayton Children’s Museum- Santa Monica
The first museum of its kind in Los Angeles, the Cayton Children’s Museum offers 21,000 square feet of discovery-based exhibits, immersive play and hands-on learning for children ages 0-10. With robust public programs, workshops, classes, camps, and arts and cultural activities offered seven days a week, the museum is designed around core universal values, giving children, youth and families a unique space to practice being their best selves. Cayton is located in the Santa Monica Place Mall.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum – Los Angeles
Get the inside story of the Fossil Lab, Lake Pit, Observation Pit, and Project 23. You can see scientists at work, uncovering real new Ice Age fossils in the tar pits – new discoveries made right before your eyes. Loads of outdoor space for kids to get energy out!

La Habra Children’s Museum- La Habra
This little gem of a museum offers hands-on science, culture and art activities for even the littlest of children.

Battleship USS Iowa Museum –  Los Angeles
The Battleship IOWA Museum connects the past with the future. Learn the stories and the legacy of the Battleship IOWA through different programs and education, and interactive exhibits.

Natural History Museum- Los Angeles
Encounter dinosaurs, experience nature, explore our dioramas, marvel at one of the most impressive gem and mineral collections in the world, and discover how Los Angeles came to be. And that’s just the beginning.

Los Angeles Museums for Kids

Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles
The Petersen Automotive Museum is one of the world’s premier automotive museums for enthusiasts of all ages. Located in the heart of Los Angeles’s Museum Row, the Petersen features 100,000 sqft of exhibit space, 25 galleries, and over 300 vehicles.

Discovery Cube – 2 Locations – Los Angeles & Orange County
Discovery Cube is a children’s science center & museum, with two locations in Los Angeles & Orange County. With hands-on exhibits & activities, learning has never been this much fun!

Griffith Observatory – Los Angeles
Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. Fun Fact: Griffith Observatory has been featured in many Hollywood films, most notably perhaps was James Dean’s “Rebel Without a Cause.”

Noahs Ark Exhibit at the Skirball- Los Angeles
Make plans today to visit Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™, the permanent, award-winning children’s and family destination that’s the talk of the town! Play, climb, build, explore, make believe, and make friends—all while exploring a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark, filled to the rafters with whimsical animals. Share in a timeless story—and together envision a better world.

The California Science Center- Los Angeles
The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Catch a 3-D IMAX Film, see the Space Shuttle Endeavor and so, so, so much more.

Cal Science Center Starfish Touch Tank

The Los Angeles Fire Department Museum – Hollywood & San Pedro
Preserving the incredible history of the Los Angeles Fire Department through our two museums, photo archive, the fireboat Ralph J. Scott, and the William Rolland Firefighter Educational Institute. The museum houses old fire engines and fire apparatus, some dating from the 1880s.

Los Angeles Police Museum – Los Angeles 
Exhibiting the history of the LAPD, with armored cars, radios & badges, plus interactive programs.

Travel Town Museum – Los Angeles
Travel Town Museum is a FREE outdoor railway museum for children and enthusiasts alike. It was dedicated on December 14, 1952, and located in the northwest corner of Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. There loads of real retired engines and cars to climb on, picnic benches, a train to ride (not free) and much more.

We hope this guide to Los Angeles Museums for Kids was helpful.  Stay tuned for more guides with even fun stuff to do with kids in your local city! And be sure to search our event calendar to find events by you!