Groundhog Day: Places to Visit Again, and Again and Again

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Kids tend to like repeating things, like mac n’ cheese for the fifth night in a row or Finding Dory twice in one night. Sometimes it can make you feel like you’re stuck watching Punxsutawney Phil look for his shadow over and over like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Luckily in LA there are dozens of things your kids will love doing again and again that won’t make you want to tear your hair out. Celebrate Groundhog Day with a repeat visit to one of these awesome LA spots your whole family will love exploring for the first time—or the fortieth.

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Between all the fun staples (Urban Light, Levitated Mass, Metropolis II, aka, the lights, the rock, the cars) and kid-friendly activities, like story time in the Galleries, a trip to LACMA always has plenty of excitement to offer. No visit is complete without stopping in the Boone Children’s Gallery for a break from walking and a chance to get creative with paper and paint. No matter how many masterpieces your mini Picasso creates, this spot never gets old.

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Miracle Mile

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California Science Center
This is one of those places that’s so amazing you can’t believe that it’s free. That fact, alone, warrants multiple visits. Besides the always awe-inspiring space shuttle Endeavour, this museum boasts dozens of different interactive exhibits, including special ones, like The Science Behind Pixar (which isn’t free, BTW), and the new BODY WORLDS: Pulse opening in May. Changing exhibits plus new IMAX 3D movies on a regular basis means there’s always something you haven’t seen.  And as kids grow, they get more and different things out of the regular exhibits.

700 Exposition Park Dr.
Exposition Park

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Descanso Gardens
The wonderful thing about a garden is that no two flowers are the same, and neither are your visits to this enchanting place. From the Camellia festival in the winter to the breathtaking blooms of the Cherry Blossoms in the spring (see above picture), Descanso is constantly changing and offering new sights to see. With the addition of last year’s first annual Enchanted Forest of Light spectacular and the jamming concerts that fill the garden with tunes on summer nights, there’s something new and exciting every season.

1418 Descanso Dr.
La Canada Flintridge

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Kidspace Children’s Museum
This awesome spot should be dubbed the little museum that could, because it seems to just keep growing and expanding every time we take a new look. If you haven’t yet experienced the awesome Arroyo Adventure exhibit, that’s worth a re-visit in itself (just be prepared to get wet). With the even more recent addition of the new Storyteller Studio, where kids can explore dramatic play, on top of all the special events and other interactive exhibits, a trip to Kidspace always feels fresh and exciting.

480 N Arroyo Blvd.

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Discovery Cube LA
With new, themed exhibits rotating through every few months, each visit to the ‪Discovery Cube offers something new. From the inquisitive world of Curious George to LEGOs, several family favorites have been featured in interactive displays. This year’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dinosaurs Unearthed, and Doc McStuffins exhibits are sure to be crowd-pleasers, too.

11800 Foothill Blvd.

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Travel Town Museum
Despite its simplicity, this park filled with life-sized locomotives offers a timeless activity that kids of all ages (even the kids at heart) can’t help but fall in love with again and again. From offering a great backdrop for family photos, to inspiring little engineers, you’ll be surprised how quickly the time passes, even when you’ve been here before. Even if you tire of Thomas faster than your little engineer, you’ll never get sick of the giant smiles they give you as they pretend to shovel coal into a giant engine for the third day in a row. With pony rides, the zoo, and the Autry Museum all within five minutes, it’s the perfect starting point for a whole day of repeat adventures.

5200 Zoo Dr.
Griffith Park

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The Metro
In the land of cars a train ride is always exciting, no matter where you’re headed. With the Expo Line’s expansion to the sea finally complete, and so many new adventures being added to Exposition Park (the temporary home of The Rams and the future home of the George Lucas museum) there’s plenty of great excuses to go for a ride again and again for something familiar (the metro) and something different (where you get off to explore the city).


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There’s really only one place in town where, despite facing massive crowds and long lines, your whole family will keep smiling. They don’t call it the Happiest Place On Earth for no reason. If you haven’t been in a while or need a good excuse for a repeat visit, this year has plenty of new things in store at the Magical Kingdom, from the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, to the reopening of the train, and of course, the renovation of the Tower of Terror into The Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s plenty to make your second, third, or twentieth visit new and exciting.

1313 Disneyland Dr.

What are your family’s favorite spots to visit again and again? Share any we missed in the comments!

—Shahrzad Warkentin