What are some fun things to do in Los Angeles with a 11-month-old?
August 15, 2007 1:15 PM   Subscribe

What are some fun things to do in Los Angeles with a 11-month-old?

My wife and 11-month-old son are visiting relatives in Los Angeles for a week and are looking for some fun activities to pass the time. They arrived yesterday and are staying near the intersection of Fairfax and Wilshire. They have a car to tool around in. What's the Aquarium of the Pacific like? My son loves to watch fishies swimming around, but the price seems awful steep ($21 per adult). Are there any beaches that are particularly clean and quiet? They're interested more in 2-4 hour excursions, given napping requirements, not so much all day grand adventures.
posted by chinston to Travel & Transportation around Los Angeles, LA (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Another option is the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, which is much smaller than the Aquarium of the Pacific, but also only costs $5.

There's a good-sized playground at Pan Pacific Park, which is near where they're staying. Another nearby playground is in Beverly Hills, near Olympic & La Cienega.

Also nearby is the Farmer's Market/Grove at 3rd & Fairfax. There's a trolley ride he might enjoy, and if you go to the Party America store, they'll give him a free balloon. Plus yummy donuts for mom & relatives at Bob's Donuts in the Farmer's Market.

I've never been, but there's a beach in Marina del Rey known as Mother's Beach, because it has no surf, has a lifeguard tower, and has a playground. Might be worth checking out as well.
posted by mogget at 2:49 PM on August 15, 2007

The Los Angeles Zoo is surprisingly inexpensive. It is in Griffith Park, which also has a world-class observatory, a little train ride for kids, and a place that does cheap pony rides.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 3:28 PM on August 15, 2007

The Aquarium of the Pacific is great and you can find discount coupons in many of those free local tourist books you see at hotels and gas stations and such. You might also want to look for some online ticket discounters like this one.
posted by platinum at 4:05 PM on August 15, 2007

Response by poster: Thanks all. I wish I were there to do some of this stuff!
posted by chinston at 7:14 PM on August 15, 2007

Gocitykids is great resource for all kinds of destinations for children.
posted by euphorb at 7:49 PM on August 15, 2007

Bring a loaf of old bread, walk around the Venice Canals, and feed the duckies. I think this is where the kiddie playground is located, though if not it is somewhere nearby.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 10:02 PM on August 15, 2007

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