Santa Monica Shopping: Where to Score the Hippest Kids’ Clothes


If you’re looking for some new threads for your pint-sized shoppers, there are plenty of hip Santa Monica shopping spots that hold the key to dressing for success in the schoolyard. Enjoy a fun family day at Santa Monica Place, where you can shop and admire the gorgeous views of the sparking blue Pacific when you take a break for lunch on the rooftop courtyard.

Cheryl Fudge

If your kids are budding fashionistas, they’re sure to fall head over heels for Cheryl Fudge. Santa Monica shopping takes a creative turn here as your kids clamor for their turn to design and create their own outfits. Your future runway designers will learn about design and eco-friendliness as they use reclaimed items and fabric swatches to design everything from T-shirts and jackets to scarves and handbags. The best part is that they’ll leave the shop with some truly one-of-a-kind looks.


Functional meets fashionable at Uniqlo, a Japanese import that sports apparel for kids of all ages, as well as adults. The bright, lofty, warehouse-like store is the perfect place to stock up on basics your kids need without giving up a bit of fun and flair. The shop brims with the essentials, from jackets to pajamas, in bright popping colors and patterns. After having some fun coordinating a colorful wardrobe, commemorate your family day by squeezing into the store’s tiny photo booth and snapping some goofy faces and candid shots.


Even your youngest tots like to look their best. For the cutest clothes for the playground set, step into the bright and colorful Gymboree boutique. Adorable outfits in rich hues and stylish patterns abound here. Don’t even think about leaving without the matching headbands and shoes. You’ll wish you could be a kid again yourself just so you can try on those oh-so-cute floral print galoshes.

Hot Topic

Nothing cures teenage angst quite like a shopping trip to Hot Topic, the holy grail of all things hip and rockin’. Try to look cool as you watch your teen browse through the dark, gothic-inspired store. Pretend to know all the band names emblazoned on the racks of T-shirts and pop culture references on the knickknacks and accessories, and you might just pull it off. You may even share a nice family moment when you bond over your mutual love of that Dr. Who keychain.


The warm, wood-paneled walls of the children’s department at Nordstrom’s welcome you into a cozy shopping experience. From baby onesies to tween jeans, everything here is high-end and absolutely fabulous. Besides the designer duds, you can also find all the latest must-have baby gear. Your kids will love browsing the tables piled with small toys and books, while you pick out the perfect ensemble for them.

While shopping may not be the first thing your kids ask to do on their days off, you can make your Santa Monica shopping experience as painless as possible with a trip to Santa Monica Place. Armed with your bags of cute clothes, your kids will surely ask if you can spend your evening revisiting every purchase in the form of an impromptu family fashion show—pictures included.

Santa Monica Place

395 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica CA 90401

(310) 260-8333

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