The Best Unique Activities for Teens in Los Angeles, CA

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and have really liked growing up here despite the traffic and the smog.  One thing that I found really difficult was the lack of things to do on the weekends:


It is shocking that in a city like Los Angeles, many of the coolest activities were closed to teenagers because of age limits.  So, we did things that we really shouldn’t have been doing. Hanging out at gas stations, at the ‘vents’ at Century City mall—great for secret rendez vous because parents think they are dropping your off at the movies and at houses in the Hollywood Hills when parents weren;t home.  I write a lot about the danger of boredom.  Here are some activities in LA, that teens can do:

Great Activities in Los Angeles, CA for Teens and Tweens:

1. Lasertag:

Laser tag is a team or individual sport. Players try to score points by aiming ‘laser-guns’ at sensors usually worn on players chests.

Tip: A safe and fun activity for teenagers on a weekend night

Tip: Great for birthday parties!

Tip: I am not too keen on the violent ‘shooting aspect’ and more like enacting a violent videogame.

2. Food on Foot:

A Los Angeles based non-profit organization that rehabilitates homeless people in Los Angeles to go back to work. Volunteers needed on Sunday afternoons to pass out food and regular donations of money and clothing. I have seen a lot of teens coming recently because it is more fun than other community service projects.

3. Chinatown:

Love it down here and pretty safe.  Great place to watch guys play checkers, get great deals and really greasy food.

Tip: Fun place to find cheap clothes, knick-knacks and accessories!

Tip: Get dropped off under the Chinatown archway on Broadway.

4. Hollywood Bowl:

Amazing concert venue with great shows.

Tip: pack a picnic and eat dinner under the stars listening to the music!

Tip: Get the $3 tickets!

5. Downtown and Santee Alley

Downtown between Santee and Maple Sts and Olympic Blvd. and 12th St., Los Angeles CA

The fashion district of L.A, or ‘bargain hunters paradise,’ Santee Alley features lots of knockoffs of designer shoes and clothing at really low prices.

Tip: A great time to go is the first Friday of every month, when the California Mart has sample sales.

Tip: Great birthday pinatas

6. 3rd St Promenade

1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica has tons of street performers, restaurants and shops.

Day or night activity, restaurants, street performers, clothing stores and coffee shops.

Tip: Lots of crazy street performers to watch, but also keep an eye on your purse and shopping bags.

7. Larchmont Village

Larchmont and Beverly Blvd not only has a great farmers market, but also some really cute shops to check out.

8. Silverlake Strip

This is a great area, with very funky shops.  Musicians might like the vibe and people watching can be really fun.

9. Santa Monica Pier

Great fun to bring a picnic and play at the arcade.

Tip: Make sure to check the weather conditions before you go because high winds can shut down the Ferris Wheel!

Tip: Ride tickets are expensive.

10. Dockweiler Fire Pits

Get a big group together and go to one of the fire pits down at Dockweiler beach.

Tip: Get there early or reserve ahead!

Other Ideas:

*Culver City Strip

*Venice Beach

*Universal City Walk

*Rodeo Drive and The Golden Triangle

*Robertson Blvd

*Melrose Ave

*Beverly Blvd

*Third Street

*Montana Ave

*La Brea

*Sunset Plaza

*Westwood Village

Always, research ahead of time, or better yet have your teen do it so they have some new and fun activities this summer to keep them busy and engaged.  This is also a great way for them to get to know LA!

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