Whether it’s LEGOs, K’Nex, Lincoln Logs, or just plain old wood blocks, kids love to build and create. Here in Los Angeles we’ve got some amazing examples of architecture that will inspire you’re little Lautner or growing Geary. These buildings are impressive, cool, and anything but boring – and most are in unexpected places and totally touchable.  So take your tot on a structural and instructional tour of the city that will get their wheels turning – then go home and see what you can create!

Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure

Remember what it was like to play with a LiteBrite? Well, the architects who built the Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure do, too. During the day, it's just an ordinary building, but at night it comes alive in vivid blocked colors. Bring the kiddos once the sun sets, so they can get the full effect. (Then see if your parents can find your old LiteBrite, or let the kids build their own design online!)

Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure
333 Civic Center Dr.
Santa Monica

Did we miss any super cool, kid-spirational spots?  We’d love to know your favorite architecture in LA.

-Christina Fiedler

Photo Credits: George via Creative Commons, Stu Spivack via flickr, Robert H. via yelp, Paul L. via yelp,  Joseph A. via yelp, Jorge Bueno via flickr, W.L. via yelp, Mike D. via yelp, Noa B. via yelp,  Andy Kennelly via Google+

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