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

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Getting out for family fun after dark just feels extra special somehow. Whether your family is a bunch of night owls or you’re 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! Of course if you’re looking for more ideas (both night and day), don’t forget to check out LA’s calendar of events or our mega list of 100 things every kid in LA should do at least once.

1. Eat & Hang Out at Odd Nights at The Autry

Kick off the weekend with Odd Nights at the Autry in front of the Autry Museum (pets welcome too!). At this al fresco rendezvous, you'll find plenty of food trucks, sounds from emerging bands, massive sized inflatables, a full bar, makers and crafters as well as exclusive gallery access for guests at the museums discretion.

Parenting Pro Tip: Swing by the LA Zoo in the afternoon and then head over here for dinner and a run-around!

Hours: Every 3rd Fri. through Sept.; 5-10 p.m.
Cost: $5 admission (cashless entry); kids under 1 are free; Kid's wristbands for unlimited play on inflatables are $35.

4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles
Online: theoddmarket.com/autry


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2. Play at Two Bit Circus

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Two Bit Circus

Run away with the whole family to 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. Whether fending off a horde of Zombies in our VR arena or navigating the universe in the Space Squad in Space Story Room, the Quad package (see details below) is perfectly curated for groups of four. Top off the fun by refueling at their outdoor dining patio. 

Night Owl Tip: Sun. are Family Fun Days. 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 one hour prior to opening each day.

Hours: Thurs. 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Sun., 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Rates: The Duo package($100) is fantastic for pairs of Arcade, Midway, and VR enthusiasts. The Duo package was built with you in mind and will provide an extra $5 per person in Bonus Bits ($10!) or The Quad Package: ($200) provides an extra $10 per person in Bonus Bits. ($40!)

634 Mateo St.
Online: twobitcircus.com

3. 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 a "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.
Online: anaheimpackingdistrict.com

Downtown Disney
1580 Disneyland Dr.
Online: downtowndisney.com

4. Hit the Lanes

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.
Online: backalleybowling.com

12125 Venice Ave.
Mar Vista
Online: bowlero.com

5. See a Movie

Plan a movie night at one of our favorite kid-friendly movie theaters! Now's the time to splurge on your favorite concession snacks! 

Not ready to head indoors for a movie quite yet? Check out Street Food Cinema's outdoor movie line-up where classics like The Sandlot and Black Panther will be showing.


6. Go Roller Skating

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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.
Online: moonlightrollerway.com

7. Dine Al Fresco

Enjoy the great weather and fresh air at your neighborhood eats or try our favorite outdoor dining spots where kids can run around and have fun without stink eyes from other patrons .

8. Play at the Santa Monica 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

9. 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 the best places to go miniature golfing in LA with the family.

10. 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.
Online: starlinetours.com

11. Go-Kart Racing

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Boomer's Parks

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 Boomer's Parks has the added perk of racing under the stars with the wind in their faces, not to mention tracks and electric go-karts especially made for little ones under 58" tall. 

Hours: Open until 9 p.m. Sat.-Thurs.; Fri. until 11 p.m.

17871 Castleton St.
City of Industry
Online: boomersparks.com

—Andie Huber & Mary J. Lim


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