One of my favorite places to visit before I had kids was The Getty. It is such a beautiful compound, perched high above the 405 freeway. While it is an art museum, the entire place is one large piece of art in itself. It contains beautiful gardens, has breathtaking views of the city, and is a wonderful place to get lost for the day. But the last time I had been to The Getty prior to this visit was a week before I was due with my first child. It never occurred to me to be a kid-friendly place and it sort of fell off my radar for years. It is no secret that LACMA is our favorite museum to visit as a family, but The Getty is also incredibly family-friendly and definitely should be a place on your list to visit. And I’m adding it to my Oh Lovely Day’s Fave Places in LA list.
The Getty is free but there is a $15 parking fee (cash or cards accepted), which is honestly a small price to pay when your whole family gets in for free. You can either walk up the hill (which we did because the weekend we went was apparently a very busy one and the tram was a 45 minute wait. I’m not gonna lie, walking up the hill with three kids and a stroller is not for the faint of heart. Plus the kiddos love the tram (but ours are not good about waiting in long lines — are any kids good about waiting in long lines?). There is a wonderful hands-on family room where kids can play and get creative themselves. The gardens are a beautiful place to let your toddlers walk and roam around and you can take a picnic blanket and your own food from home to enjoy a picnic on the lawn. The kids love running or rolling down the hill.
The Getty is stroller-friendly,/wheelchair accessible, has a family restroom and private nursing area (although I just nursed out on the lawn), and is overall very kid friendly. You can find more information about exploring the Getty with kids here, and tips for visiting as a family here.
The Getty Center
N Sepulveda Blvd & Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Opens at 10:00 am, Closed Mondays.