Sunset Boulevard is a surprisingly kid-friendly zone.

Things to Do With Kids on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, California

by Lori A. Selke

Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood is best known for its nightlife, but that doesn't mean you can't have plenty of fun in the daylight hours with your kids in tow, too. In fact, West Hollywood has made an effort to make the Sunset Strip extra-stroll-worthy in recent years by widening the sidewalks and planting trees. Meanwhile, the colorful billboards and equally colorful people the neighborhood is famous for will help keep the whole family entertained.

1. Mel's Diner

Mel's hearkens back to the classic 50's diner in both its food and decor. That means not only burgers, fries and shakes but daily "blue plate specials" and classic dishes such as meatloaf and pot pie. Sit out on the patio and people-watch any time of the day or night -- Mel's is open 24 hours.

2. Sunset Kids

Sunset Kids is a small boutique that stocks high-end, trend-setting clothing for children from birth to age 6. It's pricey, it's stylish, it's ultimate L.A. You can find hats and accessories here, too.

3. LOL Kids

LOL Kids is another children's clothing boutique, this time specializing in European designer kid's clothes from birth to age 16. You'll find plenty of accessories, too, among the super-stylish, extra-pricey offerings here.

4. Book Soup

Book Soup is a venerable independent bookstore with over 60,000 titles in stock, famed for its floor-to-ceiling black wood shelves. Its specialties include books on film and music as well as edgy and controversial fiction and nonfiction, but it also hosts a small but well-curated children's book section.

5. The Sunset Strip Market

Every Thursday night from May through October, the Sunset Strip Market brings fresh produce vendors, food trucks and live music together in one glorious street fair. There's always a kid's area, where children can have their faces painted or work on an art project. Many weeks the Market also screens family-friendly movies outdoors.

About the Author

Lori A. Selke has been a professional writer and editor for more than 15 years, touching on topics ranging from LGBT issues to sexuality and sexual health, parenting, alternative health, travel, and food and cooking. Her work has appeared in Curve Magazine, Girlfriends, Libido, The Children's Advocate, Decider.com, The SF Weekly, EthicalFoods.com and GoMag.com.

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