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There are so many fun things to do in Santa Monica with kids you’ll want to spend a few days exploring this picturesque coastal city in Western LA County. Santa Monica’s known for having a laid-back beach town atmosphere with big city sophistication and the quality and variety of attractions and parks will ensure that this reputation holds up.
Santa Monica Pier – this immense pier is home to Pacific Park (an amusement park), the historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel, a solar powered ferris wheel, an arcade, restaurants and shops, all with the most sensational views.
Family Scavenger Hunt – Download and print the free scavenger hunt PDF for each of your kids before you head to the pier. It includes a 15% discount on a ride wristband!
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium – On the beach below the carousel, the aquarium houses more than 100 species of marine animals, all of which are found in the Santa Monica Bay.
Trapeze School – this world-class aerial school from New York makes learning the flying trapeze a reality without running away to join the circus.
ICE at Santa Monica – Every holiday season in Downtown Santa Monica the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue is transformed into the winter wonderland known as Ice at Santa Monica, an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink. Rentals and lessons are available.
Segway tour – Tour from Santa Monica to Venice along the beach bike path, kids over 100lbs can ride.
Douglas Park – featuring a fly fishing area, picnic tables, tennis courts, reflecting pools, a playground, and a splash pad.
Santa Monica State Beach – Visiting this iconic 3-mile stretch of beach is a must.
Tongva Park – This 6-acre park was once an asphalt parking lot. Now it’s a lovely park with a fun play area. The name honors the indigenous Tongva people who once lived in the region for thousands of years.
North Beach Playground – Opened in the fall of 2018, this is Santa Monica’s third universally accessible playground.
Annenberg Community Beach House – This public beach facility was built on the location of a now-demolished 110-room mansion that was built for Marion Davies by William Randolph Hearst. With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, historic pool, free wi-fi, and more, the whole family will enjoy!
John Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College – Open to the public every Friday night for family-friendly shows. Using digital technology, you will fly beyond the solar system and soar among the stars. You’ll be transported across our galaxy to the limits of spacetime or into the heart of the atom.
Museum of Flying -Kids will enjoy the interactive center and flight simulator. Families will find artifacts from the Douglas Aircraft Company, aviation-related art, a replica of the Wright Flyer, a flight simulator, and more.