- Van Gogh's "Irises" at West Pavilion, Gallery W204
- Running from rock to rock at El Matador Beach
- Coloring face masks in the family room at the Getty
- Exploring hundreds of colorful flowers at the Central Garden
Good to know
Excluding parking, both El Matador Beach State Park and The Getty are free of charge.
This adventure is best Tuesday to Friday to avoid crowds. The Getty is closed on Mondays.
About This Day
This adventure is filled with beauty, the natural and man-made, from start to finish. Begin your day in LA with kids at one of the most extraordinary beaches in dreamy Malibu, El Matador Beach. Explore the gigantic rocks, splash around and take family portraits against one of the most prestigious backdrops on the Pacific. Then, head over to the incredible Getty Center for some serious culture fill. Get inspired by the priceless art pieces inside and the remarkable architecture outside. Finish your day by gazing down at the views of Los Angeles from a very cool tram.
El Matador Beach might be one of our favorite beaches in LA for kids. We've seen stunning photos of it online, but it was even prettier in person. When you get to the beach, you will have to head down a rather steep wooden stairwell towards the shore. At the bottom, you will see impressive, massive rock formations. One of them was very popular with photographers for shooting models posing underneath it. Our kid has never been on a beach with a landscape like this before and was very excited, running around the rocks. In the end, she got unreasonably messy, but it was totally worth it.
DIRECTIONS Take CA-1 to El Matador Beach State Park. The drive on the serpentine CA-1 through Malibu is pretty incredible, with its views of the Pacific on your left and facades of quintessential modernist Malibu homes hanging over cliffs on your right.
The Getty is like a massive white cloud, filled with treasure that floats above Los Angeles and watches over the hills below. Whether you are an admirer of art or enjoy photographing breathtaking architecture, this museum is a must-see. Your adventure will start with a tram ride up the hill to the Getty Center. Be sure to grab a spot on the side of the tram that faces the dropdown -- chances are, you will want to take pictures. Once you arrive, take a walk around and check out the magnificent combination of the Getty's architectural design and the backdrop of Los Angeles. When you've had enough of the outdoor beauty, stroll through the galleries to view the immense collection of European art. Introduce your kids to some of the masterpieces of Renoir, Van Gogh and Monet, to name a few. When your little ones get antsy, take them over to the family gallery, where they can play and make their own art. Wrap up your visit with family photos at the Getty's enchanting garden.