Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Educational Things-to-do

A friend and I were chatting about how lucky we are to live in an area where there are so many educational opportunities for children. I am planning on visiting a lot of them this summer. But for now I want to get the list together. Please be patient as its a work in progress.

Kidspace Museum
This one is the most obvious. We have been dozens of times and they have lots of special events too. If you can afford it a season pass is worth it.

Skirball Center
Located at 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
They are currently having a hands-on Noah's Ark exhibit. Also, Thursdays are free admission.

La Brea Tar Pits
Located: Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits 5801 Wilshire Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-PAGE (7243)
Its a smaller museum so you can easily get through it in half a day. It is very stroller friendly, however expect to pay for parking. You can also have a child's birthday party at the museum.

Huntington Library

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 (626) 405-2100
This is more than a Library. It is acres of gardens, a library, a children's garden which includes a water play area, and even a brunch or tea on special occasions. It is a real treat. Please check before going, but I believe third Thursday of the month is free admission.

Discovery Science Center
We visited the Discovery Science Center for the 3rd anniversary of the twins death. You can read about how much fun we had, and see pictures, here.

Planes of Fame
7000 Merrill Ave., #17
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 597-3722

Descanso Gardens

Griffith Observatory/Park

Griffith Travel Town

Petersen Auto Museum

Dodger Game

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
A must have season pass for the stay-at-home mom. A season pass pays for itself in just 2 visits. There are many special events through out the year as well as day camp for kids in the summer. They have been steadily renovating the zoo for the last few years. A new gorilla enclosure opened up in 2008, a new elephant enclosure is underway, and a new reptile and insect house is also in the works. The zoo is on a mountain. For those with difficulty walking take the zoo tram to the top of the hill, have lunch at the newer playground area for kids, and have a leisurely walk down the hill.

Miracle Mile - Many Museums

Getty Center

California Science Center
Exposition Park
700 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Click here to see about our adventure to the California Science Center.

Alvera Street

Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels
555 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2707

China Town

Adventure City (Anaheim)

Franklin Canyon Park

Eaton Canyon Park

Pismo Beach

Angels Flight
Bunker Hill
Los Angeles, CA

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center Rancho Sombra del Roble
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument # 31
23600 Roscoe Blvd., Canoga Park, CA 91304

Los Angeles River Center & Gardens
The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens is located at the former site of the Lawry’s California Center, near the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco, close to Elysian Park and downtown Los Angeles.

Point Vicente Lighthouse
31550 Palos Verdes Drive West
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Museum of Flying
3100 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA
Phone: 310-398-2500

Riley Farm Oak Glen, CA
Activities year round including horses, fruit picking

Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

San Diego:

Wild Animal Park

San Diego Zoo

Sea World

Old Town San Diego


USS Midway
We spent a half day on the USS Midway for the twins 4 year anniversary. I would love to go back or even attend a private event on board. Its a lot of walking, so be prepared. Read all about it and see pictures here. TSNY Los Angeles Trapeze School in Santa Monica Good idea for a birthday party! Zimmer Museum Zimmer Children's Museum Check calendar, unusual days they are open and closed. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100 Los Angeles, CA 90048

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