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The Best Things at Universal Studios Hollywood with Kids

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Are you thinking of adding a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood on your next Southern California vacation? I have a full review of what it was like to go to Universal Studios Hollywood with kids. You will also find tips, tricks, and discount tickets!

The entrance gate to Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.

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My family was provided complimentary Express tickets from Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the them park. All views and opinions are my own.

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Have you been to Universal Studios Hollywood lately? My family and I had the opportunity to go and we had so much fun!

There was so much to see and do for everyone in my family, from age 4 to adult.

A boy reading a map of Universal Studios Hollywood

I’ve compiled a list of things that every family needs to do on their next trip to Universal Studios Hollywood with kids!

And, don’t forget to check out the video of our adventure down below!

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1. Universal CityWalk

A wall at Universal Studios Hollywood that says CityWalk.

One of the things I love about visiting Universal Studios Hollywood is that you get to walk through the fun Universal City Walk on your way to the theme park. You could easily spend an entire day there.

A view of Universal CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood.

There are entertainment options like an AMC movie theater and the 5 Towers, a state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage, as well as dining and shopping opportunities.

My favorites were Johnny Rockets and the Universal Studios Store.

A view of Johnny Rockets restaurant at Universal CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood.

2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

Hogwarts castle at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Our first stop after entering the gates of the theme park was The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. My Harry Potter-loving boys couldn’t wait to take in all of the amazingly thought-out scenery.

The archway to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

As you enter through a large archway, you see Hogsmeade come to life and it makes you feel like you in the very places you’ve read about and seen in the movies!

A front view of the Hogwarts Express train at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

We really liked the photo opportunity with the train and conductor that welcome new arrivals.

Make sure to check out the shops and enjoy a delicious Frozen Butterbeer!

A cup of Frozen Butterbeer in front of Hogwarts Castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Try my recipe for Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes here!

Flight of the Hippogriff™

After taking in the atmosphere of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you need to take your kids to rode Flight of the Hippogriff™.

This fun roller coaster is on the milder side and is definitely appropriate for little ones who meet the height requirement of 39 inches. Make sure to watch the video at the end of this article to see how much fun it was!

Two kids riding on a rollercoaster called “Flight of the Hippogriff” at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

The must-do ride on our Universal Studios Hollywood bucket list with kids was Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

My youngest son did not meed the height requirement of 48 inches so we took advantage of the Universal Studios Child Switch service!

The entrance of “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

Child Switch is available at all Universal Studios Hollywood attractions. If your little one doesn’t measure up, here is what you can do:

One or two adults can step out of line with them and wait in a child switch area while the rest of the group boards the boards the attraction. When the other members of the party return, they can stay with the little one and the others can step right up to bard the ride without any extra wait or starting over.

Just notify a Universal Team Member when you arrive at the attraction and they will be able to guide you to the Child Switch waiting area.

Two kids sitting in roller coaster seats at the entrance of “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside Universal Studios Hollywood.

I didn’t really now what to expect with this ride, but it was totally amazing!

Without giving too much away, you will definitely feel like you are riding on a broomstick alongside Harry Potter!

A boy holding a magic wand at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside Universal Studios Hollywood.

The one thing I wish we would have done at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is to purchase a magic wand to use throughout the land.

There are many magic locations where guests can cast spells and magical effects will happen. We saw so many kids having a blast doing this, so it is something you should consider checking out.

3. Special Effects Show

A sign that says “Special Effects Show” from Universal Studios Hollywood.

The Special Effects Show was so much fun for all three of my boys! My family happened to be at the right place at the right time and were chosen to be “helpers” during the show.

We had the opportunity to go up on stage and provide the sound effects for a movie clip. It was fu to see my little guy take his job of jingling a pair of hand-cuffs so seriously!

4. Springfield/ The Simpsons Ride

A sign for The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

The next stop on our Universal Studios Hollywood bucket list was to visit the fictional town of Springfield™, the hometown of TheSimpsons™.

A sign with characters from The Simpsons that says, “Welcome to Springfield”

I was amazed at how life-like this town was. My kids thought the giant donuts were so cool and we had a delicious lunch at Krusty Burger.

A building with a clown holding a hamburger that says, “Krusty Burger”

You can’t help but have fun when you are surrounded by a larger than life cartoon town!

The giant sign with Krusty the Clown at the entrance of The Simpsons Ride™ puts a smile on your face!

Two kids standing in front of a large clown with a sign that says “Krustyland”

5. The World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood

Entrance sign for the Universal Studios Holllywood Studio Tour.

The Studio Tour is the signature attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.

It gives guests the chance to go behind the scenes and see movie sets and special effects in action! And it is hosted by Jimmy Fallon from The Tonight Show!

A family with a sign of Jimmy Fallon that says “Studio Tour Hosted By Jimmy Fallon”

The Studio Tour was actually one of the most entertaining attractions for my kids at Universal Studios Hollywood.

They loved experiencing Earthquake—The Big One, especially when the gasoline truck crashed through the ceiling!

Another highlight was when our Studio tram drove by The Bates Motel from the movie, Psycho. Norman Bates came toward us with a knife and our tour guide sent him to “time-out”.

They thought that was hilarious! I caught that part on video so make sure to check it out here on YouTube or at the end of this post!

There is also a stretch of the Studio Tour where you will pass by prop vehicles that have appeared in many different films!

We thought it was cool to see a damaged tram vehicle that was still smoking!

A damaged tram prop on the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood.

6. Raptor Encounter

The next thing we happened upon after the Studio Tour was the Raptor Encounter.

We headed down the many escalators called Star Way to the lower lot. As we approached the bottom we could hear a deafening sound.

When we rounded the corner, we were met by Blue, the Velociraptor from the Jurassic World franchise!

A boy standing in front of a robotic velociraptor at Universal Studios Hollywood.

My 4-year-old and I, immediately got in line to have an encounter with the dinosaur, while my husband took my two older boys to ride Revenge of the Mummy-The Ride.

A sign at the entrance to the “Revenge of the Mummy The Ride” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

If your little one is easily scared, I would maybe observe Blue from afar, but my little guy had no fear meeting the 15-foot-tall dinosaur!

This is also an interaction you’ll want to check out in the video!

7. Transformers: The Ride-3D

The entrance of Transformers: The Ride 3D

After our encounter with a dinosaur we headed over to TransformersTM: The Ride 3-D

This attraction is based on the Transformer toys from Hasbro as well as the film franchise, directed by Michael Bay.

This ride uses amazing high-tech elements to send you through a Transformers story that you will never forget!

A large Transformer in front of metal doors with a sign that says “Transformers”

When you exit the ride, keep your eyes open for a chance to meet your favorite Transformer.

My son and husband had the chance to meet with Megatron and had a hilarious encounter!

A large Transformer suit with a man and a child.

Basically, my husband told Megatron that he wanted to be an Autobot but my son wanted to be a Decepticon.

Megatron then told my son that he was now in charge of the family and that my  husband was a failure. Check it out in my YouTube video! It’s the best!

8. Universal’s Animal Actors

The last show that we were able to view that day was Universal’s Animal Actors. Kids will love this show because of all of the cute animals!

It was fun to see how the trainers interacted with different species and all of the cool tricks they were able to do.

9. Despicable Me/Super Silly Fun Land

Entrance to the ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Hollywood.

If your kids love the Despicable Me movies, they will love Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and the adjoining Super Silly Fun Land!

When you ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, you are taken on an adventure where you are turned into a minion yourself! (Or at least you think you are.)

My boys had a great time and thought it was funny when Gru sprays his fart gun. #boymomlife

A child posing in front of Minions from the Despicable Me movies at Universal Studios Hollywood.

When you exit the attraction, you are let loose in the play zone known as Super Silly Fun LandThe bright colors and amazing theming make you feel like you are in the movie!

A playground in Super Silly Fun Land at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The dry zone has a couple of slides and all kinds of things for little ones to climb on. It’s definitely an area where your kids can get their wiggles out!

The entrance sign for Silly Swirly ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Next to the playground is a Minion themed ride called Silly Swirly Fun RideYou and your kids will spin around for a 360-degree view of the land!

A boy riding in a large orange bug at Universal Studios Hollywood.

On the other side of the ride is a large water playground. This would be perfect for kids to cool off, while having fun, on a hot Southern California day!

Water play area in Super Silly Fun Land at Universal Studios Hollywood.

10. DreamWorks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda Adventure

The multi-sensory attraction, DreamWorks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda Adventure was the last stop on our day at Universal Studios Hollywood and it was ending to our adventure!

Entrance sign for Kung Fu Panda Adventure at Universal Studios Hollywood.

You enter the theatre, find your seat, and get ready for the fun to start!

The seat moves and vibrates with what is happening on the screen, adding to the experience! Your kids will love this attraction.

Will Kids Have Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood?

The answer is YES! If you’ve been on the fence about taking your little ones to Universal Studios Hollywood, you should definitely go!

There are tons of fun things to see and do with your kids, and with Universal’s Child Switch service, there is no need for you to miss out on the fun.

Two kids at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

How to Get Discount Tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood

I talk all of the time on my Disneyland posts about how great it is to book vacations a buy tickets from my travel partner, Get Away Today.

The great news is that you can also purchase discount Universal Studios tickets through them as well!

Kids at Universal Studios Hollywood

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