5 Fun Things to Do With Kids in La Jolla

When your family needs to get away from it all, consider La Jolla. This Californian coastal community has top attractions and facilities and plenty of sunshine to enjoy. These are just five of the things your kids will love about La Jolla.

Meet Sea Creatures at Birch Aquarium

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Your children will be mesmerized by the more than 5,000 fish that call Birch Aquarium, part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, home. They include seahorses, moray eels, giant black sea bass, and La Jolla’s own leopard sharks. Kids love the hands-on fun of Preuss Tide Pool Plaza, home to sea stars, sea anemones, hermit crabs, and heaps more. Feeding displays and informative talks add to the fun.

Swim at the Children’s Pool

The Children’s Pool is a great place for swimming, as it’s partially protected by a seawall. The gentle waves shouldn’t trouble little ones, who can have fun both in the water and on the sand. There are lifeguards on hand if they do get in trouble. Note that the beach is closed from December 15 to May 15 every year when the local seals and sea lions have their pups. Your kids will love spotting these sea creatures year-round; just make sure they don’t get too excited because these wild animals need their space.

Parking at the Children’s Pool is limited, so check out nearby La Jolla hotels so you can walk to the shore.

Look For Animals in Shell Beach Tide Pools

Your kids will love looking for sea creatures in the tide pools at Shell Beach. Visit during low tide, ideally during a minus tide, for your best chance of spotting crabs, sea anemones, seashells, and small fish. As an added perk, seals and sea lions also love the sun at Shell Beach.

Have Fun at La Jolla Recreation Center

La Jolla Recreation Center is always a great place for having fun, with three different playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, and plenty of space for picnics. Keep your eye on the La Jolla Recreation Center’s schedule posted on the City of San Diego website. It details upcoming events your kids will love such as craft classes, sports sessions, and leisure activities. Some sessions are free while others incur a small fee, but this information and the recommended ages are all detailed on the website.

Play at Ellen Browning Scripps Park

Ellen Browning Scripps Park offers lots of space for kids to burn off excess energy. There’s no playground, but families can create their own fun by throwing a ball or Frisbee, or perhaps enjoying a game of soccer or flag football. When they tire themselves out, the seaside location makes Ellen Browning Scripps Park the perfect place to just relax and enjoy the view. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the sunshine at this magical spot.

These are just a handful of the La Jolla attractions that will make the little faces of your children light up. Discover these family-friendly features, and many more, when you visit this fun and exciting town.