Staples Center

Sporting and entertainment events abound at Staples Center. The downtown arena is visible as a beacon from surrounding freeways. Check the calendar for concerts, hockey and basketball games. The food options are far above the par of normal stadium fare, and the views are great from every seat. In case children are just too small to see, giant screens project the action from every angle.

Contact number: (213) 742-7300

Location: “1111 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015”

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Hollywood Bowl

This famous outdoor ampitheater has only gotten better with age. Concert events happen year round. Many classical performances are more than suitable for children, as green areas are turned into a massive picnicking ground. A recent favorite, tailored to a younger crowd but plenty entertaining for everyone, is the Video Games in Concert series. Themes from classic games like Pac-Man and Tetris are performed by an orchestra, with laser projections and suited characters as a visual counterpart to the music.

Contact number: (323) 850-2000

Location: “2301 North Highland Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90068”

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Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Open since 1961, this puppet theater on the edge of downtown has been providing magical old-fashioned entertainment ever since. Reservations are required, and can be made the same day. Bob Baker, a Hollywood native, worked in the animation industry before opening his puppet palace. Preserving classic traditions of craftsmanship and performance, your children are sure to be enchanted and inspired by the magical marionettes.

Contact number: (213) 250-9995

Location: “1345 West First Street

Los Angeles, CA 90026-5804”

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Greek Theatre

An outdoor ampitheater located in a lush area of Griffith Park, the Greek Theatre hosts concerts year-round. One of LA’s best live music venues, the real attraction here is the natural splendor of the surroundings. Hawks fly overhead and crickets chirp in the background. Most shows start during daylight and proceed through the sunset. Check the website calendar for upcoming children-friendly concerts. Concession stands are way above par, and lawn areas for picnicking abound.

Contact number: (323) 665-1927

Location: “2700 North Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90027”

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American Girl Place

This center of commerce in the Grove, encompasses a bookstore, a café with a large dining room, and doll-related facilities like a beauty salon and hospital. A theater holds American Girl shows daily, and the store is always packed with birthday parties. children will love the historically accurate doll wardrobes.

Contact number: (877) 247-5223

Location: “189 The Grove Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90036”

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