10 Fun Things You Can Do at Night (with Kids) in LA

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Editor’s note: In-person activities are starting to begin again with some requiring advance timed tickets. To avoid disappointment, check the website for the latest information.

Getting out for family fun after dark just feels extra special somehow. Whether your family are a bunch of night owls or no longer beholden to early bedtimes, scroll through for fresh ideas of things to do in LA by moonlight, carnival lights, and even neon lights!

DTLA: Amusement Park

Run away with the whole family to the fully re-opened Two Bit Circus—a high-tech, micro-amusement park in DTL.A. Their ticketed experience gives you access to the whole park, including their Story Rooms (a fresh take on escape rooms), virtual reality play space, and futuristic arcade games. Top off the fun by refueling at their new outdoor dining patio.

Night Owl Tip: Sun. are Family Fun Nights. Be sure to check out "Dr. Botchers" Story Room—it's like a life-sized game of Operation!.

Good to Know: Same-day reservations close at 4 p.m. each day.

Hours: Thurs.-Fri., 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m.-midnight, Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
Rates: $70 package includes park access for 2 guests & a $70 playing card (valid for attractions & food/drink) 

634 Mateo St.
DTLA
Online: twobitcircus.com

Anaheim: Watch Disneyland Fireworks for Free

Did you know that you can catch an incredible Disney-provided fireworks show, without stepping foot in the park?

Step 1: Go to Anaheim at night.

Step 2: Look up into sky.

Step 3: Ooh and aah with your kids as you watch Disneyland fireworks light up the sky from outside the park!

Make it "dinner and a show" by dining along Harbor Blvd. near Disneyland or in the trendy Anaheim Packing District. You can also eat at Downtown Disney and walk to the Disneyland Esplanade (the area in between Disneyland Park and California Adventures) for a really up-close view.

Time: 9:30 p.m. on select nights. Check the Disney calendar for details.

The Packing House
440 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim
Online: anaheimpackingdistrict.com

Downtown Disney
1580 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim
Online: downtowndisney.com

Hit the Lanes

Calling all ages: Strap on your bowling shoes and get ready for epic fun! Whether you go for the neon cosmic bowling or lane-side noshing (crispy chicken sandwiches with cauliflower tots, anyone?), the bowling alleys at Bowlero and Back Alley Bowling are two favorite places for a little family-friendly competition.

Back Alley Bowling
135 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale
Online: backalleybowling.com

Bowlero
12125 Venice Ave.
Mar Vista
Online: bowlero.com

Movie Nights are Back

Movie Nights are back at our favorite kid-friendly movie theaters! Now's the time to splurge on your favorite concession snacks!

 

Glendale: Roll into Skate Night

Go back in time and show your kids how you partied in the 80s by heading to Moonlight Rollaway roller skating rink in Glendale. Expect disco lights, great music and lots of laughs.

Night Owl Tip: On-site coaches are available for skating lessons.

5110 San Fernando Rd.
Glendale
Online: moonlightrollerway.com

Hollywood: Take a Starline Tour

Play tourist aboard a Starline Tours double-decker bus. From classic Hollywood haunts to stunning coastal vistas, get amped about the "City of Angels" and afterward, stop at one of LA's iconic eateries.

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood
Online: starlinetours.com

Dine Al Fresco

Kids will get a kick out of getting to eat in streets, sidewalks and parking lots like never before thanks to the County's Outdoor Dining Program. Enjoy the great weather and fresh air at your neighborhood eats or try our favorite outdoor dining spots for dining with kids.

 

Santa Monica: Play at the Pier

Dazzle the young ones by bringing them to the Santa Monica Pier at night—it's a bustling carnival at the beach! Ride the glowing ferris wheel, play games and grab a bite as ocean waves lap the shoreline below you.

Night Owl Tip: The sea air can get a little chilly at night so be sure to dress everyone in layers.

200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica
Online: santamonicapier.org

RELATED: 30 Fun Activities to Do in Santa Monica With Kids

Hit the Links

Windmills and castles and volcanoes...oh my! Pick a putter and challenge your mini-me to some mini golf at night. Here are top picks for miniature golfing with the family.

Go-Kart Racing

Indoor go-kart racetracks are the perfect thrill for kids who live life in the fast lane. Getting kids behind the wheel at outdoor tracks like Speed Zone has the added perk of racing under the stars with the wind in their faces.

17871 Castleton St.
City of Industry
Online: speedzone.com/

17871 Castleton St.
City of Industry
Online: speedzone.com/

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—Andie Huber & Mary J. Lim

feature image: Lukas Schroeder via Unsplash

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