Skirball Cultural Center, Free every Thursday
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Little ones will love Noah’s Ark, a wonderful kid-oriented exhibit that explores cultural differences through a retelling of the old animals-two-by-two tale. Noah’s Ark at the Skirball is “open for boarding”.
Thursday hours: 12-5 p.m.
Travel Town Museum, Free everyday
5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Located in Griffith Park, Travel Town is a perfect spot to visit for kids who love trains! Learn about railroad history in Los Angeles, walk among a variety of railroad passenger cars, and take a ride on a miniature train (tickets are $2.75 each). On the 2nd Saturday of each month, docent-guided tours are offered as well. They are open 364 days of the year (closed on Christmas), and there is no admission fee.
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Free every second Tuesday
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States with a collection that includes over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Children of all ages are welcome at LACMA!
Tuesday hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Page Museum – La Brea Tar Pits, Free every first Tuesday
5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is the only consistently active urban Ice Age excavation site in the world, and it houses one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of Late Pleistocene fossils. After The Page Museum excavates ice age creatures outside in the tar pits, they bring them inside the Page Museum where visitors can watch paleontology in action. The tar pits are always free.
Tuesday hours: 9:30 a.m.-5p.m.
California Science Center, Free everyday
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
The Science Center is open to the public seven days a week, 362 days per year, with free general admission to its permanent exhibit galleries. The Science Center spans more than 400,000 sq. feet and includes four major exhibit sections: World of Life, Creative World, Ecosystems and the amazing Space Shuttle Endeavor that is a must see.
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Getty Center, Free everyday
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
The J. Paul Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to critical thinking in the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. You can see a dazzling display of priceless art, architecture, and gardens at two locations – the Getty Center in Brentwood and the Getty Villa in Malibu. There are family friendly events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa almost every day of the week.
Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Closed Mondays. $15 parking.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Free every first Tuesday
900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles protects over 35 million specimens, dating back 4.5 billion years. A trip to the NHM’s new Dinosaur Hall with children of all ages is a sight to behold. It is one of the most extraordinary dinosaur exhibits in the world, and the premier dinosaur experience in the western United States. Inside are more than 300 real fossils, and 20 complete dinosaurs and ancient sea creatures.
Tuesday hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Kidspace Children’s Museum, Free every first Tuesday
480 North Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103
The Kidspace Children’s Museum has over 3.5 acres of interactive environments with a mission to nurture the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences, inspiring them to become joyful, active learners. The Robert and Mary Galvin Physics Forest is a super fun outdoor interactive experience with 13 different hands-on exhibits to nurture and inspire children to be the innovators and creators of tomorrow.
Free Family Night is the first Tuesday of every month from 4-8 p.m. unless otherwise publicized.