Are you headed to Los Angeles? We have the perfect Los Angeles itinerary for families. We fit all this in after our business ventures on most days, which means you can do a lot more than this plan.
Some of you are newbies to Los Angeles travel and some of you have been there, done that! Either way, we are sharing what we loved about our recent trip to Los Angeles with two toddlers in tow!
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Girl, there is so much to see and do in LA, that it is nearly impossible to decide. We were in Cali for business this go around, but we were still able to fit quite a lot of fun into the week.
We have included where to stay, what to eat, sites to see, and more!
I hope this is an easy to follow Los Angeles itinerary for families who are traveling with little guys as we did.
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Where to Stay in Los Angeles
Deciding where to stay was a tough one for us. We had very specific needs for our trip. We had a one-year-old and a four-year-old between the two of us and wanted a place that catered to family travel for our Los Angeles itinerary plan.
Ultimately we turned to Airbnb and found the perfect solution to our housing needs.
We booked a place about 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles. It was in Sylmar and right off the freeway. The guest house was perfect for our needs. It was also clean and safe! Finally, We loved our host’s family, which was a plus!
Krizia is also an artist and business owner, which as female business owners, we loved that we were helping support a fellow entrepreneur. Be sure to check out her crazy talent on her website, Concrete Geometric. (You can see her concrete art in the pics below!)
The gardens at our Airbnb was spectacular. Our hostess, Krizia’s father was an artist with his ability to take an ordinary yard and turn it into a luscious garden oasis. The kids loved running around exploring every nook and cranny.
Day 1 Los Angeles Itinerary for Families – Santee Alley Shopping
Our first day was a bit hectic as we had headed into the LA fashion district to comb the streets for fabric for our shop. If you are a seamstress, as a hobby or as a business, then you will love this part of the Los Angeles itinerary. If not then skip to the second half of day one!
The fashion district is located in downtown LA and took us about 35 minutes to get to from our fabulous Airbnb.
LA’s fashion district is laid out in sections based on types of fabrics. We found this out the hard way and boy did it suck. The first day was basically wasted trying to explain Modal Knit fabric to uninterested ears.
However, the highlight of the HOT afternoon was browsing the stalls on Santee Alley. Did I mention HOT? We were a sweaty mess by the end but managed to grab a few fantastic deals.
Santee Alley is two blocks out of the 100-block LA Fashion District. It is a popular destination for bargain shopping. You can find just about anything. I got a gorgeous linen shirt and we snagged a dress for our upcoming photo shoot for Habibi House.
Santee Alley tips for Families
- Bargain with everyone, but be prepared to lose occasionally.
- Take Water bottles with you.
- Buy fresh fruit from the street vendors.
- Take a stroller!
- Bring your toddler snacks.
- Don’t go anywhere with men offering designer bags unless you are brave.
Day 1 Lunch
For our lunch, in the fashion district, we ate at 9th Street Pizza, which unfortunately I forgot to take a photo. The pizza was really good and budget friendly. You can buy it by the slice or a whole pizza. We got 4 slices, 4 drinks, and a salad for under 21.00. Not too bad!
We ended our hot day in LA with a stop at Milk. It is a hidden gem. The parking is a nightmare! After getting advice from the valet guy down the street, we parked in the 7-11 parking lot and ran in quickly.
I got the red velvet ice cream sandwich and it was incredible.
Can I just mention that although I loved their ice cream sandwiches, the snickerdoodle cookie was out of this world!
Day 1 Dinner
We ate in Sylmar and I almost choked to death, so again no pictures. I blocked the name of the restaurant as I almost died after inhaling my drink while laughing my head off at Anna. I would try to recreate the story but it wouldn’t be the same. So we will leave it at that!
Day 2 Los Angeles Itinerary for Families – The Original Farmers Market and The Grove
Once again, we started out our day in the fashion district searching for our new colors for Habibi House. PRAISE GOD we were successful. Mostly because a sweet shop owner had mercy on us and told us there was a section of the fashion district dedicated to knits.
HOLY HELL! I mean couldn’t someone have told us that before we wasted an entire day looking.
The Original Farmers Market
If you have not been to the original farmers market in LA, then you are missing out. My kids and I have been here several times and love it every single time. Take the time to add this to your Los Angeles Itinerary. Here is the exact address!
I am a sucker for history and love the story behind the market and many of the stores and restaurants. Walking through the farmer’s market feels as if you were transported back into the past.
Day 2 Lunch
We grabbed a few things from several different places and we loved each one equally!
Nonna’s Empanadas was my first choice, as I am addicted to empanadas. Since moving from South Florida to Nashville, this girl has missed having empanadas at my beck and call. Needless to say, I was very happy!
Our next choice was from a place called The Village. Borekas are an open-faced sandwich, loaded with toppings like eggs, bacon, spinach, mushrooms, and onions.
As excited as I was for the empanadas, I have to admit that this flatbread pizza, the open-faced sandwich thing was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. It was so light and delicious.
You have to head the farmers market and try a Boreka from The Village!
Shopping in The Grove & Farmer’s Market
My kids and I have spent many afternoons in the grove. It is a great outdoor shopping mall. Plan to take your stroller with you as it is a lot of walking. When Lani was younger, we always stopped in the American Girl Place. I was a bit sad to think those days are over for me as a mom.
Personally, I love the many pop shops set up around the grove. There is also a sweet grassy spot to relax with the kids and rest those aching legs. The grove even provides blankets for everyone to use!
A mandatory California stop for my family is See’s Candies. And of course, Anna, the boys and I hopped into the one at the grove for a complimentary piece of candy! My number one favorite is The Scotch Mallow. Just trust me on this one, and try it out!
My top tips for Visiting the Farmer’s Market & The Grove
- Take a Stroller for your toddler/baby.
- Go hungry!
- Bring water bottles.
- Buy from several vendors and share!
- Park by Starbucks, sneak through the narrow entrance and get a food vendor to stamp your ticket for 90 minutes free parking.
Day 3 Los Angeles Itinerary for Families – The Coast
Today was the day we both had been waiting for. We are both crazy about the ocean and love the beach.
However, fair warning to any of you who have not visited California before. Beach weather is not like the east coast. You most likely will need a sweater or jacket.
I warned Anna before we traveled to California but she believed the movies and not me. So she was quite shocked when she was freezing at the beach in the middle of the day.