Activities with Toddlers in Southern California -Griffith Observatory

Hi all,

Just last weekend the family took an outing to the Griffith Observatoryin Los Angeles.  There are so many activities available at Griffith Parkbut this blog  entry will focus on the observatory. In one of my earlier post, I mention the LA Zoo which is also located within the Griffith Park area.

We arrived at the observatory during the middle of the day.  My wife was patient and found a parking spot extremely close to the observatory.  Parking is free as is admission to the observatory.  Both my 22 month old and my 3 1/2 year old enjoyed the exhibits.  I am not sure how much of it they understood but it seems like they had fun.  It might have been the fact that they got to run around and see some interesting things.

The observatory has recently been remodeled.  A cafe has been added to lower right hand side of the observatory.  It is a great place to get a good view of Los Angeles.  If there is ever a clear day in Los Angeles, it is easy to see the ocean from there. They have expanded many exhibits to the lower level.  The observatory is nicely laid out with plenty of space to roam around.  There is a planetarium show for a nominal fee but it is not recommended for children under five.  The Hollywood sign is not far from the observatory and can easily be seen.  Parking is a battle but if you are patient a spot will open up.

I would highly recommend taking the kids out to the Griffith Observatory.  If the kids get bored, Griffith Park is a great place to let the kids get out to play and have a picnic.  Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the day.



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