Kids are like sponges. Let them soak up some knowledge at one of these great Los Angeles Museums. Here are four museums that kids and adults will love. They are all located in Los Angeles County in California.
California Science Center
700 State Drive in Exposition Park, Los Angeles (323) Science
This is a huge Science Center with several floors of exhibits. It’s so big that it is hard to get through in one day. One exhibit that was really interesting is the earthquake simulator. Kids learn about earthquakes and then go into a room that moves as if you were experiencing a real earthquake. The newest exhibit there is the ecosystems exhibit. It is divided up into eight zones of both land and ocean ecosystems. Some of the ecosystems are pretty amazing. On July 1st, 2010, a mummy exhibit will be open for a limited time. Other free exhibits include the creative world, world of life, space and science museums. For an extra fee, there is also IMAX movies and a cliff climb. Parking is $8 for cars and $10 for buses.
Kid Space Museum
480 N Arroyo Blvd Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 449-9144
This kid-friendly museum is located in Pasadena. Some of the exhibits include The Kaleidoscope that has lots of mirrors and colors. The Digging Deeper Gallery allows kids to study plant and animal fossils, along with rocks, minerals, bugs and a whole lot more. Outside, there are gardens, climbing areas, water exploration and “Trike Tracks.” There’s also a special area for young children both indoors and out. Admission is $10 for anyone over one. Check open hours here.
La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, Ca (323) 934-PAGE
This is truly amazing for kids to see. The Rancho La Brea Tar pits are a famous fossil site. Kids can see teeth of a saber toothed cat, dire wolf bones and ground sloth bones. In addition, there are life-size replicas of extinct mammals. The museum costs $7 for adults, $4.50 for students, youths and seniors and $2.00 for kids five to twelve years old. Kids under two are free. The La Brea Tar Pits are open 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily.
2800 East Observatory Road Los Angeles, CA 90027 (213) 473-0800
Kids can truly wish upon a star at the Griffith Observatory. There are giant telescopes, educational movies, solar system exhibits and a planetarium. The museum is open every day but Monday. Admission is free. There is a small fee to see shows in the planetarium. Outside the observatory, see great views of Los Angeles, including the Hollywood sign. A minute away is Griffith Park where you can picnic, go on a train ride or hop on the merry-go-round.