Probably the most famous neighborhood in all of California, Hollywood is the birthplace of glitz and glam. And of course, celebrities! Let’s be honest – most of us are intrigued by celebrities. We love reading the the latest gossip and freak a little when we spot them in the wild. And there is no better place for celeb sightings than Hollywood, California. Here are our Quick Weekender TravelingMom’s favorite things to do in Hollywood with Teens.
Recently, my niece came to visit and I was left to figure out how to entertain two teen girls (not to mention the two tweens). I started to panic until I remembered what I liked at that age. Um, all things celebrity related! So, we hit the road for a celebrity filled weekend in Hollywood, California.
3 Things to Do in Hollywood with Teens
1. Hollywood Walk of Fame
It had been at least 20 years since I had been to the Walk of Fame and I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. It goes down this street and up that street and around the corner – when did it get so extensive?!?
Apparently, they add 20+ stars annually. Which I guess means it gets huge after 20 some years. Needless to say, I was completely unprepared for the trek we ended up taking. But the kids were not.
This is where this Type A travel planner hangs her head in shame. The teens had mapped out where to go! They googled and made a plan of which stars they HAD to see and which ones they wanted to see, but were ok missing. I was impressed and gladly let them take the reins for the day.
TravelingMom Tip: It is very crowded along Hollywood Blvd so make sure to keep little ones close.
With all their planning, I don’t think we missed one star they wanted to see. We hit Ryan Reynolds, the cast from Harry Potter, and we even checked out The Three Stooges which made the husband happy.
2. Madame Tussauds
None of us had ever been so when I spotted it, I knew we had to go. The kids weren’t so keen on the idea, but it ended up being the highlight of the trip.
The museum is self-guided and visitors are welcome to spend as long as they’d like inside. There are three floors which are broken up into several sections. Modern classics, country western and Marvel superheroes to name a few.
TravelingMom Tip: Bring selfie-sticks to capture pictures that include everyone easily.
I knew there were standing life-size wax figures, but I didn’t realize that most were posed in character on movie sets. We sat on the bench with Forrest Gump, became Pink Ladies with Danny Zuko, and even escaped on a bike with E.T.
The artistry is amazing. So incredibly life-like. There were times I turned the corner and had to take a step back because I was startled by one of the figures.
Mind-blowing, that about sums up Madame Tussauds!
3. Attend a Live Studio Taping
Dream of sitting in the live studio audience of The Big Bang Theory or cheering on your favorite celeb in Dancing With the Stars? Well, it’s not as hard as one might think if one knows where to look.
There are many websites dedicated to giving out FREE tickets to these live tapings. The most popular are 1iota.com, on-camera-audience.com and TVtickets.com.
TravelingMom Tip: Plan ahead! Shows fill up quickly and early, so as soon as you know the dates you’ll be in the Los Angeles/Hollywood area start looking for tickets.
We have snagged tickets a few times and this trip it was tickets to The Voice with Blake Shelton and Adam Levine! Unfortunately, since they are live shows, cell phones and cameras are not allowed, so no pictures.
I was shocked at how long the day actually ended up being for a two-hour event. Even with tickets, they said to arrive one to two hours early and then they slowly filled in the audience sections. This can take a while.
Luckily there were food trucks on the back lot, so we ate and gota cold drink while we waited to be ushered in.
Then we got “seated” in a standing only section. This made things feel even longer. BUT once the show started we were right in the thick of it! It was fun to see what happens behind the scenes while we’d normally be watching commercials.
Each show is unique and special which makes for a fun once in a lifetime experience each time.
Entertaining teens can be rough, but it was surprisingly easy in Hollywood, California!