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REVIEW: La Brea Tar Pits

Loved the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits! This was a really fun, easy and inexpensive outing! Parking and access were very simple. You can park in the lot behind the museum on the corner of Curson and 6th and then walk around the building to the front to enter.

The entire museum is one story and very manageable. It has an interior garden area. Kids can run around a bit and its pretty self-contained. The displays are all up high enough that they can see them easily.  There are prehistoric sloth, wolf, saber tooth tiger and mastadon displays. My daughter’s favorite was the Mammoth replica that looked like “Manny” from the movie Ice Age. The only display I would avoid is the replica of a saber tooth tiger attacking a sloth. Its a bit scary.

The paleontologists and volunteers work in a big glass fish bowl where kids and grown ups can watch them clean bones. There is a stepped area with a railing where kids can stand and watch the professionals at work.

Checking out the excavation site with Daddy.

Outside the museum in the park there are a number of heavily gated tar pits where kids can watch tar bubble to the surface. The large one in front has a couple of fake mastadons in it. Several of the tar pits are excavation sites. The excavation sites give you and your kids a chance to see how the bones are recovered. Its pretty interesting!

PARK: Lot behind museum on Curson and 6th.
COST: $7.00 / Children Under 5 Free
HOURS: Open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Daily
RATING: ****
BATHROOMS: Large and clean

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