Five Cheap (Or Free!) Summer Excursions Around Los Angeles, CA

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Sweet, sweet summertime is quickly approaching and you know what that means. You have to find entertainment for your children for two months straight. Not only is this a daunting task, but this can get expensive, fast. We have found five free (or close to) and FUN things to do in Los Angeles (and surrounding areas) this summer to make this summer the best one yet.

The beach

I’m sorry, but is there really anything more fun than the beach? Sun, sand, salty water are a perfect kid-friendly combination. Pack a picnic lunch, an umbrella, sunscreen, and your beach toys to make a day out of hitting the beach. Santa Monica Pier is full of amusements and sightseeing opportunities to enjoy a full day by the water.

The Getty

The Getty Museum is one of the most unique places to visit in the city and admission is FREE. Families of all sizes and ages will find something to enjoy at The Getty. Kids older than 5 can enjoy art classes while you take in the exhibits, botanical gardens and everything else The Getty has to offer. Again, pack a backpack of snacks to keep this outing as inexpensive as possible. Unfortunately, parking is $15 but there is bus transportation that will stop less than a mile away.

La Brea Tar Pits

Take a step back in time at this museum that features the Pleistocene Garden full of prehistoric plants resembling the Ice Age. Get down in the dirt and experience what life is like as a Paleontologist by examining fossils that were excavated off site. Best part is children under 4 get in for free and children 5-12 are only $5.

Sand Dune Park

If you want an energy-burning excursion that kids will love, look no further. The Sand Dunes Park is every outdoor-loving kid’s dream! Spend time soaking up the sun on one of the trails that follow throughout the dunes. Kids can enjoy playing in the 12 and younger area. Oh, and did we mention the views? Panoramic views of Manhattan Beach make your hike feel like a breeze. Open 8 am – 7 pm daily.

The Huntington Library

Relive your favorite childhood movie in the Huntington Library’s beautiful garden designed with their youngest patrons in mind. Art exhibits and botanical gardens make this library extraordinary and surely will awaken, if not stimulate, your children’s imagination. Plus, admission is free the first Thursday of the month!

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