Alpine Village - Shopping, Dining, Home of the Oktoberfest in Torrance.
Aquarium of the Pacific - One of the country's largest aquariums, the Aquarium of the Pacific takes several hours to truly appreciate but those with kids can hit the major highlights in less time, if necessary. While you'll enjoy the usual attractions, this aquarium also features some great live shows that kids love, like those that feature sea otters, seals, and other marine mammals. There's also an outdoor play area for running and climbing, perfect for little ones who've spent too much time in a stroller going from tank to tank. (Warning - There's a very enticing fountain for kids to splash in here, so if you don't want disappointed children, bring a change of clothes.)
El Dorado Regional Park and Nature Center - This expansive park has a number of attractions that both parents and kids will enjoy. The Nature Center is the most visited portion of the park and provides "touch tables" where kids can feel animal skins, bugs, and other "natural" things. The nature center also provides puppets so kids can create their own show. In addition, the park boasts hiking trails and a pond with turtles and large fish. A perfect place to go when you've had enough of museums!
LA with Kids: South Bay - Activities in the South Bay that are suitable for children.
Long Beach Shopping and nearby, including Lakewood Center, Long Beach CityPlace, Shoreline Village, Ports O' Call Village, Los Cerritos Center, Westminster Mall.
Los Angeles Maritime Museum - There are dozens of models on display, spanning the ages. Other exhibits tout L.A.'s rich maritime history and the city's ties to the sea, including how people make their living on the waters of the Pacific. Plenty of hands-on stuff that kids love is included in many of the exhibits. The staff welcomes kids and is especially cordial to you and them, even if your child is running around the museum, which is located in an old berth. Ramps are provided for those pushing strollers. This is a donation only museum, which makes for a cheap outing.
Museums in Long Beach and nearby, including Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles Maritime Museum and others not listed on this page.
Ports O' Call Village - This authentic New England-style seaside village encompasses 15 acres of shops, restaurants and attractions. A meandering promenade of cobblestone streets connects the specialty shops. The shops feature items and gifts from around the world. Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants overlooking the harbor. Don't hesitate to wave to passengers on the cruise liners, passing so close that they dwarf the village.
Queen Mary - Daily tours. The Queen Mary features an on-board hotel, an elaborate Champagne Sunday Brunch, a variety of restaurants, a wedding chapel and 16 Art Deco reception salons for private celebrations.
Redondo Beach Int'l Boardwalk - The Boardwalk has restaurants and bars, curio shops, and more.
Shoreline Village - Long Beach - Dining, Shopping and Attractions.
South Bay Shopping, including Del Amo Fashion Center, Manhattan Village Mall, South Bay Galleria, South Bay Pavilion.