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Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is so many different neighborhoods all spread out – you'll need a car. But that mobility means as you travel around Los Angeles with kids, you'll discover hidden treasures such as the La Brea Tar Pits, Farmers Market, Griffith Park and Central Library, without missing must-dos, like Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Los Angeles Photo Album
los angeles photo album
    Universal Studios Hollywood
    Griffith Park
    Downtown – Olvera Street
    Exposition Park – California Science Center

Park La Brea – La Brea Tar Pits

Greater Los Angeles
  Disneyland – Anaheim
    Santa Monica and Beach Towns
family hotels los angeles
Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Los Angeles, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels for the Los Angeles area, all styles and price ranges, and convenient for theme parks and beaches:

Los Angeles family hotels
Santa Monica & Beach Towns family hotels
Los Angeles International Airport family hotels
Disneyland (Anaheim) family hotels
travel tools los angeles

Buy Go City Los Angeles pass for discounts and admission to Universal Studios, Petersen Automotive Museum, the Los Angeles Zoo, Santa Monica Pier and more. Savings for the whole family:

Go City Los Angeles 
kids books los angeles
Larry Gets Lost in Los Angeles  
Larry Gets Lost in Los Angeles
Michael Mullin, John Skewes

Take a fun-filled trip around Los Angeles with Pete and his dog, Larry, looking at footprints of famous feet in Hollywood, running through movie studios, going to Disneyland and the Getty Museum, all the way to the ocean at Santa Monica Pier. Delightfully illustrated. (Picture book)


Cookies & Milk
Shawn Amos

It's summer and Ellis wants to hang out with his friends and listen to music. But his dad has an idea – to open a chocolate chip cookie store. And there's only six weeks to renovate the Hollywood store and attract customers. What happens when Ellis tries to grab twenty bags of chocolate chips off a shelf too high up? (Chapter book)

The author helped his dad who created Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies, and today in supermarkets you can pick up a bag of cookies.


cookies and milk
jasmine toguchi mochi queen  
Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen
Debbi Michiko Florence

On New Year's Day, Jasmine's extended family gathers in Los Angeles for a special Japanese tradition – making mochi rice balls (mochi-tsuki). Women usually shape mochi after it's pounded, but Jasmine wants to hoist the heavy hammer, and pound hot cooked rice along with the men. (Chapter book)



Wisecracking Sammy Keyes and her best friend Marissa hop on a bus to Hollywood to find Sammy's mom, who's decided to be an actress. Tinsel Town mystery adventure as Sammy and Marissa look for missing jewels, steer clear of a pitchfork-toting mummy and rescue Sammy's mother from a nutsy movie producer. (Chapter book)


sammy keyes hollywood mummy
paletero man  
Paletero Man
Lucky Diaz, Michah Player, Carmen Tafolla

How to cool off on a hot day in Los Angeles? A boy goes to find his friend, Paletero Jose, with his cart full of icy-cold paletas (popsicles). When he finds Jose, what flavor to choose – chocolate, pineapple, corn, watermelon, honey, arroz con leche. “Paletas for one! Paletas for all!” In English and Spanish. (Picture book)


Chato's Kitchen
Gary Soto, Susan Guevara

Chato, the coolest cat in East Los Angeles, has some new neighbors, a family of mice. Chato invites the mice to a dinner, with guacamole, fajitas, carne asada, enchiladas, frijoles, arroz, and tortillas, but Chato's in for a surprise. Irresistible story with fabulous illustrations. (Picture book)


los angeles childrens books hispanic Chato's Kitchen
curve and flow  
Curve & Flow
Andrea J. Loney

Paul R. Williams grew up in Los Angeles, in school he always like to draw, especially buildings. He studied to be an architect, but no one would hire a Black architect. Finally he opened his own firm, and created homes and buildings for young families, movie stars, wealthy tycoons. After racist laws were changed, his dream came true, he designed his own home. (Picture book)


Niki Nakayama
Jamie Michalak, Debbie Michiko Florence, Yuko Jones

Niki Nakayama is a celebrated chef, who runs her own restaurant in Los Angeles. As a kid, Niki liked to make up recipes – pizza made from pasta sauce, cheese and wonton wrappers. She studied and worked in Japan, and today in her restaurant she serves Japanese and California cuisine, a combination just like her. (Picture book)


niki nakayama
wheres waldo hollywood  

Try to find Waldo and his dog Woof, Wenda, the wizard, the bad guy Odlaw, and a bunch of Waldo-Watchers on Hollywood film sets wild west adventure, musical extravaganza, scenes packed with musketeers, spacemen, dinosaurs and more. (Picture book)


Los Angeles, Baby!
Feather Flores, Asia Ellington

Exciting sights of Los Angeles in rhymes and pictures. "Bienvenidos to Olvera Street, Let's stroll and shop - and grab some treats." Full two-page illustrations, delightful for little ones. (Picture book)


los angeles baby
los angeles a book of time  

Discover Los Angeles at different times of day watch the sun rise over mountains in the morning, at noon play in the sand at the beach, in the afternoon visit the Getty art museum, City of Light lights up the sky at night. (Board book)



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