Things for Teenagers to Do in the Summer in Los Angeles

by Carly Seifert

Your teenager should find no end of activities in the bustling city of Los Angeles during a Southern California summer. Whether it's lounging at one of the scenic beaches as he takes in the sights of street performers or relaxing at the pristine outdoor garden of a renowned museum, your teen is certain to find an enjoyable way to spend the day.

The Getty Center

Many teenagers will enjoy spending a day at the scenic Getty Museum atop the hills of Los Angeles ( While the museum features a collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, a teenager who does not particularly enjoy art history still will find plenty to do. The Central Garden with its views of the city is the perfect place to curl up with a book or magazine, or pack a lunch and enjoy an outdoor meal with friends. Check the calendar of events for outdoor summer concerts and film screenings in the auditorium.

Farmers Market and the Grove

The Farmers Market on Third and Fairfax ( offers special events during the summer, including festivals, auto shows and free Friday concerts featuring local musicians. Your teenager will enjoy strolling through the market grounds with friends or family and sampling the fare -- a little bit of everything from seafood to farm fresh peaches. If your teen gets bored with the food, she can walk next door to The Grove ( -- a premiere Los Angeles mall with plenty of stores to suit her tastes.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach ( offers plenty for your teen to see on a summer afternoon. Street performers, artists, skaters and vendors line the sidewalks, making it the perfect place to watch people. Your teen can also buy a day pass to Muscle Beach -- the outdoor weight room where the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger have bulked up. Special summer events at Venice Beach include weekly basketball games at the beach courts, farmers markets and art crawls, featuring live music and local artists.

Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier

This famous Santa Monica street ( boasts shops, restaurants, art galleries, clubs and a movie theater -- giving your teen a variety of activities to choose from. Even if she never enters one of the buildings that lines the street, the promenade is alive with street vendors and performers ranging from mimes to break-dancers. It is only a short walk from the promenade to the Santa Monica Pier (, if your teen feels like watching the surfers or taking in the ocean views from the famous Ferris wheel.

About the Author

Carly Seifert has been a piano instructor since 2001. She has also covered adoption and introducing children to the arts for "Montana Parent Magazine." Seifert graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in drama.

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