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Mario from Marblehead asked

Cool things to do for 6 days in LA with 3 teens

We are a family of 5 with 3 kids - 13, 16, 18 yrs old. Staying at Chateau Marmont and kids have never been to LA. Looking to do some of the Kitschy celeb stuff, but don't want to be super touristy. Could really use some local expertise to help plan the trip. 

Also, would love some guidence in terms of where there is some great shopping. Thanks!

Los Angeles (California)

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Karissa from Santa Maria

Some good friends of mine with several teens like to visit Amoeba Music (a record store) and they also enjoy visiting the house where part of one of the American Horror Story seasons was filmed (

I've never been to the Museum of Jurassic Technology, but it looks fun to me! 

My favorite museum I've been to in the LA area is the Museum of Comtemparary Art which is a very manageable size and not full of stuffy "classic" works. However, the Getty Museum is free and has a great view of the city, incredible architecture, and a lovely garden. 

As far as shopping, I like the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica - it has stores like West Elm and H&M. Santa Monica also has some incredible Farmers Markets that you should look up (they are on different days at different times in different places, depending on what time of the month it is). If you go to Santa Monica, you're very close to Venice Beach (which can be kind of dumpy), but it's called Venice Beach because of the neighborhood 2 blocks back from the ocean front which is a bunch of amazing houses set on water canals - really fun to stroll through! 

Another cool place to shop is The Grove mall, which has a big colorful candy store, TopShop (i think!), and a fun food quart/bazaar, among other things. 

One other quintessential LA thing is food trucks! They move around, but they often congregate in parking lots in the evening, so it's definitely worth a Google search around dinner time to see if you can find anything near you. Here is the one I have been to before.

Here are some more free things to do in LA.

Hope that helps - have a wonderful trip! 

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awesome suggestions karissa!

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  2. Museum of Jurassic Technology (attraction)
  3. Museum of Comtemparary Art (attraction)
  4. Getty Museum (attraction)
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  6. Venice Beach (city)
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answered by
Katie from Amherst (Massachusetts)

Hi Mario, sounds like a fun trip! 

In terms of shopping, Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica has everything under the sun, and Abbot Kinney has some funkier boutiques that are fun to check out. After your day of shopping you can have lunch at the popular spot Urth Caffè.

If you want to spend a day at the beach, I agree that Manhattan Beach is the place to be, and I'm not just saying that because it's my hometown! Rent bikes to cruise up and down the Strand and watch or play beach volleyball. You can grab a treat at Manhattan Beach Creamery when you're done.Hope this helps!

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not bad

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Veronica from Malibu

Hi Mario! I think I might have some great ideas for your family.

1) Beach day in Malibu at Westward Beach. Enjoy the drive up PCH, pack a picnic, footballs and frisbees and enjoy a day on my favorite beach in Los Angeles. Visit on a weekday if possible (weekend traffic and parking is nuts). 2) Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Marina Del Rey. Easy, fun, relaxing and no wetsuit required! 

3) Hike to the Hollywood Sign. This website shows you where to go: You can get up close and personal like this! 4) Walk along the Venice Canals -- absolutely gorgeous and so serene. Follow up with dinner at Gjelina on Abbott Kinney. Make reservations!5) See behind the scenes magic at Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour or Paramount Pictures VIP Studio Tour. If you want theme-park fun, Universal Studios Hollywood offers a back-lot tour as well.

6) To shop like a tourist (or Pretty Woman) you'll visit Rodeo Drive. To shop like a local celeb, visit Robertson Boulevard (Kitson is in this area). 

7) If you're going Downtown, plan on a dinner at Bottega Louie. For a fantastic rooftop lunch or drink and birds-eye-view of DTLA, head to PerchHope this helps! Wishing you and your family a great trip to Los Angeles!


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how about the griffith park observatory laser show, maybe after a day at the wonderful free museum of science or natural history/

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  2. Marina Del Rey (city)
  3. Hollywood Sign (attraction)
  4. Venice Canals (attraction)
  5. Gjelina (restaurant)
  6. Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour (attraction)
  7. Paramount Pictures VIP Studio Tour (attraction)
  8. Universal Studios Hollywood (attraction)
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  10. Kitson (attraction)
  11. Bottega Louie (restaurant)
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JR from Manhattan Beach

Hey Mario. Sounds like a great trip. In 6 days you should be able to do/see plenty to create some family memories. Here's a couple of ideas I'll suggest.

Since you're staying at Chateau Marmont you'll be in the thick of the Hollywood scene and good chance to see some of LA's greatest attractions... the celebs. Here's my local celeb tip: try Madeo Restaurant on a Friday/Saturday night for dinner. Now the celeb demographic might be a little older than what your kids will appreciate but you and your wife will likely find see a couple A-listers in there. Also, The Grove will check the shopping box and likely to see some celebs (not top tier) that the kids will recognize. 

You'll probably want to get to the beach at some point. Santa Monica Pier is iconic, but very skippable imo. If you really want to have a nice beach day, come down to my hometown, Manhattan Beach. Have brunch a MB Post (great small plate menu),and depending on you level of activity, take a walk on the Manhattan Beach Pier,or rent a bike take a ride on the Strand (you can rent them at Fun Bunns), or just chill and take a swim. Plenty of boutique shopping down here too. And yes, this is what us locals do... when we have time :)

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Sarah from Los Angeles

Take the Paramount Studios and/or Warner Bros. VIP Tours studio tours. You'll get to see and walk through actual sets, learn tons of film history and may even spot a celebrity or two. They're more in-depth than the Universal one (which is really just a ride now). At the Warner Bros. one you can sit on the couch from Friends and take your picture. The tours are a couple hours each so you still have plenty of time for other activities in the same day.

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These sound like fun!

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