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Los Angeles for young kids

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Los Angeles for young kids
Outings for families with young children. Options include interactive museum spaces and outdoor activities.
Good for: Families
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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California Science Center
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California Science Center

Space Shuttle Endeavour on display in the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Please reserve your passes online or by phone. Explore over 100 permanent interactive science exhibits spanning several galleries. Admission to permanent exhibit galleries is Free! (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits) Visit Ecosystems -- a hands-on exhibit home to nearly 400 plant and... More

Space Shuttle Endeavour on display in the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Please reserve your passes online or by phone. Explore over 100 permanent interactive science exhibits spanning several galleries. Admission to permanent exhibit galleries is Free! (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits) Visit Ecosystems -- a hands-on exhibit home to nearly 400 plant and animal species. Come discover amazing environments from the familiar to the fantastic, and find out how the physical and living worlds affect each other. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Discover your world past and present. See dinosaurs in our new Dinosaur Hall, including the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series. Get the behind- the- scenes look at how scientists work on fossils at our Dino Lab. See 240 specimens, including skeletons from mastodons to whales, animal dioramas from North American and Africa, and more.Stroll through our extensive Nature Gardens... More

Discover your world past and present. See dinosaurs in our new Dinosaur Hall, including the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series. Get the behind- the- scenes look at how scientists work on fossils at our Dino Lab. See 240 specimens, including skeletons from mastodons to whales, animal dioramas from North American and Africa, and more.Stroll through our extensive Nature Gardens, and discover true stories about plants and animals in our Nature Lab. See and touch more than 2,000 spectacular specimens displayed in our Gem and Mineral Hall, and enter into the vault to view diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and other exquisite gems. Our Butterfly and Spider Pavilions are open seasonally. Here you can wander through the changing ecosystem with over 30 species of fluttering butterflies all around you, or witness arachnids up close and personal. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Skirball Cultural Center
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Skirball Cultural Center

This museum and cultural center holds the world's fifth-largest collection of artifacts concerning Judaism and American life. Noah's Ark is an interactive playspace for families, with a separate timed admission ticket.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Travel Town
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Travel Town

An interactive transportation museum that caters to kids.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The Zoo is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with over 7,400 individual plants.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
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Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

Explore the world’s only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Inside the Page Museum is where we showcase the best fossils, animals and plants that have been discovered here — mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and more. Watch our paleontologists working in our Fossil Lab. You can even experience what it’s like to get stuck in the tar with our tar pull.Catch our live multimedia... More

Explore the world’s only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Inside the Page Museum is where we showcase the best fossils, animals and plants that have been discovered here — mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and more. Watch our paleontologists working in our Fossil Lab. You can even experience what it’s like to get stuck in the tar with our tar pull.Catch our live multimedia performance of Ice Age Encounters. We uncover the mysteries of the extinct creatures who roamed Los Angeles over 10,000 years ago. This dynamic, 15-minute performance brings the distant past to life.Outside check out the Lake Pit and other tar pits where the tar is still bubbling! Walk through the Pleistocene Garden and see what plants were here in L.A. during the Ice Age. Then visit our active fossil excavation sites — Pit 91 and Project 23 — to see what our excavators have uncovered today.Be sure to reserve your spot on our Excavator Tour —- this is the best way to experience our discoveries in action! Start inside at the Fossil Lab, where we’re working on recently-excavated fossils. Walk around the famous Lake Pit, through the park and down into the newly re-opened Observation Pit to find embedded fossils. The tour concludes at Project 23, our live dig site, where scientists discover new Ice Age specimens every day. Free with museum admission. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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