The boy and I have visited museums together all around the world. I would push him through the exhibits when he was a toddler and now at eight years old, he’s developed a true love of them. We even decided to have a rule when traveling – a day at the amusement park, a day at the museum. It’s all about striking the balance between the things that you love. On this trip to L.A. we’ve taken in Disneyland, Universal Studios, and the rides on the Santa Monica Pier, as well as a few choice museums…
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
There’s a great James Turrell retrospective right now featuring his famous light installations. Parents and kids alike will both love it, but also be sure to take the tots on the weekends to see Chris Burden’s Metropolis II. 100,000 toy cars speed through a sculpture of roadways at up to 240 scale miles per hour!
Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits
This was one of my favorite museums as a kid, and now it’s my son’s! What tot didn’t want to be an archaeologist at some point, right? Here you get an up-close look at saber tooth cat and mammoth fossils that were excavated straight from the tar pits (for younger kids with shorter attention spans there’s the Ice Age Encounters show that takes place on the weekend). Then before you leave, let the kids play outside in the gardens and watch real archaeologists at work on Project 23.
Natural History Museum
The Dinosaur Encounters and butterfly pavilion are musts here. Natural history museums are always a kick for tots. If you live in L.A. sign them up for the Adventures in Nature day camp. From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. they’ll be immersed in interactive (and educational) activities that they’ll come home bursting at the seams to tell you about!