18 fun-filled places to Go Metro with your kids

Where to eat, shop, play if you’re toting along some young’uns.

1. KidsLand — shop for or with kids. And maybe pick up something for yourself too. ? (Use Purple Line Wilshire/Western Station or Metro Rapid 720)donutella


2. Monkey Pants — organic baby clothes, vintage toys and Pusheen ~ ? (Use Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)


3. The Dinosaur Farm — Perfect for the kid who loves dinosaurs. They have non-dino toys too! (Use Gold Line South Pasadena Station, or Metro Bus 260 to Fair Oaks/Mission)

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4. LACMA — admission for children 17 and under is free. Plus the Petersen Automotive Museum and La Brea Tar Pits are right next door so you can make a day of it. (Use Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax)

5. California Science Center — IMAX theatre, Endeavour Space Shuttle and plenty of exhibits that you can put your hands on. (Use Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

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6. Natural History Museum — a dinosaur hall, insect zoo, gardens and more. (Use Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

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7. The Getty Center — art, architecture and a beautiful garden. Admission is always free. (Use Metro Bus 234 or 734 to Getty Center/Sepulveda)

8. Griffith Park — home to the L.A. ZooAutry Museum of the West, Griffith Observatory, Travel Town Railroad and more. (Use Metro Bus 96 to Los Angeles Zoo. DASH also runs a weekend shuttle to Observatory that connects to Metro Red Line Vermont/Sunset Station)


9. Los Angeles Central Library — all libraries are great, and this one is also really really pretty. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or 7th St/Metro Center, or Metro Rapid 720 to 5th/Grand)

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10. The Last Bookstore — browse for some great deals. They also have author presentations, workshops and more. (Use Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, or Metro Bus 16 to 5th/Spring)


11. Santa Monica Pier — food, rides, games, the beach, everything you need for a full day of fun. (Use Metro Expo Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station)


12. Rolling Robots — bots for tots. Build a robot, then battle with it. (Use Metro Expo Line to Westwood/Rancho Park Station, or Big Blue Bus 7 to Pico/Veteran)

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13. Bob Baker Marionette Theatre — historic venue for kids’ puppet shows. (Use Metro Bus 14/37 to 1st/Beaudry)

14. Au Fudge — play in the creative space while dining, or attend a camp or workshop. (Use Metro Bus 4 to Santa Monica/Doheny)

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15. Aquarium of the Pacific — my personal faves include the penguins and shark lagoon. (Use Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station or Long Beach Passport bus)

16. Walt Disney Concert Hall — home to the L.A. Philharmonic, but it’s fun to walk around it even if you’re not there for a concert. (Use Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or Metro Bus 14/37 to 1st/Grand)

17. Grand Park — the park for everyone! (Use Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station)

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18. Universal Studios Hollywood — Wizarding World of Harry Potter. ’nuff said. (Use Metro Red Line to Universal City/Studio City Station, or Metro Bus 237/656 to Cahuenga/Universal Studios)

And here’s the Metro Rail map to help plan your trip:


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4 replies

  1. Hi Anna! Metro Bus Lines 234 and 734 stops right in front of the Getty Center on Sepulveda Boulevard. Also, Metro Bus Lines 150, 155, 224, 240, and 750 serves the Universal City/Studio City Red Line Station, where patrons can cross the pedestrian bridge to connect with the free Universal Studios Shuttle. Have a wonderful day!

  2. And universal studios is also served by lines 150, 155, 224, 240 and 750

  3. I don’t recommend taking Metro Bus 3/302 to Church/Sepulveda to get to the Getty Center. That leaves you with a 2-mile walk up Sepulveda, which has few or no sidewalks for part of the way. Not a low-stress outing when you’re with kids – or even without.

    A better approach might be to take Metro Bus 734/234, both of which connect with the Expo Line at Sepulveda and go straight to the Getty Center main entrance.