How to Plan a Kid-Friendly DTLA Adventure

Los Angeles. It’s the city many love to hate.

To be honest, LA is not easy to navigate. The city is sprawling, covering over 500 square miles. The public transportation is lacking, and then there’s the infamous LA traffic.  Never mind the additional annoyance of LA residents talking non-stop about traffic and the different routes to get around it.

LA sure doesn’t sound kid friendly. Seriously - who wants to spend 2 hours in traffic trapped in a car with some whiny kids?

But here’s the thing: within LA’s sprawling 500 square miles are some beautiful beaches, incredible restaurants and iconic landmarks to see, all while enjoying LA’s 280+ days of sunshine and 70 degree temps.

Don’t let the traffic deter you - Lark is breaking Los Angeles down into bite-sized, easy to digest morsels for you and your family to experience, starting with our favorite kid-friendly Downtown Los Angeles spots:

9 CHIC + COOL KID-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN DTLA

1. SKYSPACE LA: Located at the top of the US bank building, Skyspace is the tallest outdoor observation deck in California. For you daredevils, take the opportunity to slide down a 45-foot glass slide from the inside the 70th floor to the OUTSIDE of the 69th floor, 1000 feet from the streets below. All ages welcome to the observation deck, ages 5+ for the slide.

2. GRAND PARK: This 12-acre park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles stretches from City Hall to the Music Center. Enjoy an outdoor picnic on one of the park’s iconic hot pink benches.

3. TOYOTA SYMPHONIES FOR YOUTH: This morning concert series at the Walt Disney Concert Hall is geared for children ages 5-11 to experience a live symphony performance. Kids will enjoy hands-on workshops, an “instrument petting zoo” and dancing.

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4. GRAND CENTRAL MARKET: A downtown institution since 1917, even the pickiest eater will find something to nosh on here. Some of our favorites include McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, Tacos Tumbras a Tomas and PBJ LA.

5. LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY: Not only is this library the crown jewel of the LA public library system, the Central library is packed with volumes of children and young adult books to explore. Check the library calendar for events geared specifically to kids and teens.  

6. ANGELS FLIGHT: This classic funicular reopened to the public in 2017, offering one dollar rides up and down Bunker Hill. A picturesque and kid-friendly way to hoof it up (and down) the unexpected hills of DTLA.

7. BOTTEGA LOUIE: Bottega Louie is a feast for the eyes and mouth. Kids will love the rainbow-colored macaron display, while the adults will appreciate the gorgeous top-shelf bar and delicious brunch. A win-win, right?

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8. DTLA STREET ART TOUR: Want to be a cool mom to your teen? Sign up for a DTLA street art tour and find some Instagram worthy murals in the Arts District. Arrange for a private tour geared towards kids and families or sign up for a group tour starting at $12.

9. SUNDAY STUDIO @ MOCA: The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) hosts a Sunday Studio program featuring family-friendly museum tours, art experiences for all ages, music, food trucks and a special activity space for toddlers. Before heading out be sure to check the website for upcoming Sunday Studio dates.

Los Angeles is so much more than its freeways - each LA neighborhood features something unique and funky for you and your family to experience.

Even if you have to experience dreaded LA traffic to get there…


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