Whether you are an adult or a child visiting Los Angeles, California for the first time, the excitement of seeing those large white letters sprawled across the hillside spelling out “HOLLYWOOD” is likely the type of excitement that has been building (consciously or sub-consciously) for years.
And sitting below that hillside sign is a town that holds a special kind of history that is fascinating to people of all ages. It’s streets, the keeper of both industry secrets and the ins and outs of a celebrity lifestyle opposite of our own.
3 Fun Things To Do In Hollywood With Kids
While its true that there are parts of Hollywood best experienced sans kids, we have taken the kids to Hollywood multiple times and there is plenty to do and explore with them too!
This is a staple when visiting Hollywood. Kids may not recognize a lot of the names (to be honest, neither do I) but that adds to the excitement of chasing square after square on a hunt for the names that *are* familiar– and with 16 fictional stars, kids will definitely find a few.
Walk Of Fame
I’ve created a fun scavenger hunt list and Bingo card to make this even more fun! You can download the free printables below.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Possibly the only theme park you will visit that is built ON TOP of buildings. Yes, you read that right. Universal Studios Hollywood is made up of 2 levels and the upper level is literally built on top of studio buildings! I did a double take when I realized it myself.
Compared to its Orlando theme park, Universal Hollywood is much smaller and when traveling with small children, more digestible, in my opinion.Another perk to the smaller size of this park is that when planned properly, it is totally possible to make this half day adventure (and lets be honest, when you have a busy vacation planned with little ones and/or multiple kids… somedays a half day is the best kind of theme park day).
There is a Minions splash pad and playground for little ones (so pack a swimsuit or change of clothes!) and there are also plenty of rides for kids 40″ and above.
There shows that go on throughout the day and 8 main “rides”, many 3D simulators (such as The Simpsons Ride, Minion Rush and Transformers) that are housed in actual sound stages, Potterland and no visit is complete without the Studio Tour which takes you through some actual studio sets, lets you experience a simulated “earthquake”, as well as some other movie fun. This is arguably the best ride of all– though to be fair we missed out on The Mummy and The Potter ride– both are said to be really great!
In addition to the can’t miss studio tour, I highly recommend grabbing a fresh jumbo sized donut and flaming mo beverage from Simpsons land!
All. The. Yum!
Touring The Hollywood Hills– YouTube Style
(for the tweens and teens)
In lieu of actually hiking to the Hollywood sign (which is still on my list by the way), we’ve taken drives through the Hollywood hills, marveled at the homes and have gotten some pretty great views of the sign along the way.
A lot of YouTubers reside in the Hills and with a little research you can likely find your kid’s favorites.
My son at just 12 years old found directions to his favorite YouTuber’s home on. his. own. And when we drove to the home, we were not the only fans driving by taking pictures.
The internet is a scary place you guys.
Fortunately the Youtuber’s mom was very down to earth and even took pictures with my son when she was returning from her Starbucks run.