With Spring Break and Summer quickly approaching, I wanted to give you some tips on touring L.A. with teens. Traveling with teens is much easier than with small children, but demands a higher level of entertainment. After an almost week long trip last July, my kids are still talking about our trip to the city of angels, and frankly, so am I! If you’re considering going, here are some things to put on your to-do list.
First, have a parent (grandparent to your kids) who will pay for your airfare and hotel, and almost everything else once you get there. It really is a huge relief to the wallet. 😉 I know, at 41 I’m still spoiled – but so grateful. Thanks, Mom!
But seriously, let the adventure start with a missed alarm that lands you on a flight to Chicago instead of straight to L.A. – that way you can see the beautiful lake Michigan, and have a celebrity sighting like we did.
Don’t get snotty now, it’s Keegan-Michael Key and he was in Just Go With It, Pitch Perfect 2 and lots of other things. Look it up – it counts as a celebrity sighting. My son was tripping out, so i snapped this pic.
First stop once we got to L.A. (after a dinner of Mexican food, of course), was the famous Chinatown where we all tried boba for the first time. I can’t tell you what it is or what it’s made of, but I will say that it was a new experience that we won’t soon forget. I’ll also tell you to plan a little better before heading to Chinatown so that, unlike us, you can see it lit up. We had lots of laughs with the boba though, so #noregrets.
Next, be sure and put a studio tour on your list of To Do’s. We picked Warner Brothers studios because we had just finished binge watching all ten seasons of “Friends.” Here’s your backstage pass:
Tricky Harry Potter cinematography.
I can no longer watch movies or T.V. shows without thinking, “Is that the back lot of Warner Bros.?” (Hint: they all look the same.)
Get a pic with the humongous version of Rory Gilmore, because you love her.
While in Hollywood, see the famous sights like the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
You can’t go to California without seeing it’s beautiful coast line. We rented bikes in Venice Beach, and rode them to the Santa Monica Pier for a day of fun, carnival-type activities!
The next day, we played at Laguna Beach…
Next up, DISNEY!! Started by dinner in Downtown Disney.
Then, hit the Starbuck’s at Downtown Disney before a FULL day of Disneyland & Disney’s California Adventure! Without having to ride all of the baby rides, you can actually easily see both parks in one day, so get the hopper passes.
This etch-a-sketch-ish photo of us is at the Starbuck’s.
Never too old for teacups, even if your teen son thinks so.
Remind you of anything? (I’m showing my age here, but hey…if you have teens, you’re probably feeling nostalgic right now too!)
Now you’ll have that song stuck in your head. You’re welcome.
Don’t forget your Mickey treat!
If you love roller coasters, the Knott’s Berry Farm is a must!
On the last leg of our jam-packed journey, we hit up the Farmer’s Market in L.A.
To keep it real, we visited the Holocaust museum of Los Angeles…no one said that a vacation couldn’t be educational and extremely humbling.
Killing time before heading to the airport, we sat on the “lawn” at The Grove shopping center and enjoyed the perfect weather, hot dogs and some Sprinkles cupcakes.
All good things must end, but we had a fantastic time seeing the the sites of L.A.!
I’ve attached a website link to all places mentioned, but please feel free to message me with questions about any part of this trip – I’d be happy to answer them!
Peace & Love,