We have recently dedicated ourselves to going on at least one family adventure each month. Although it can sometimes feel hard to get out of the house on the weekends, we find that we're always much more refreshed if we push ourselves to get out and explore. This weekend, we went to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California. I've lived in California since I was 12 and had never been, so it was a good place to visit.
I thought I would share some of the tips about the adventure.
- Before you leave for the tar pits, visit their website! I downloaded some of the scavenger hunts and other teacher's resources. My daughter had a great time searching out all of "Zed's" bones and, when we were at lunch, my husband and I got some peace and quiet while she worked on her story map for a lesson plan on writing a fictional story about going back in time.
- While you are on their website, I recommend ordering your tickets for the Excavator Tour. They fill up fast and we didn't get to go on one.
- We did get to see The Ice Age Experience and it was a really great show. Totally worth the extra cost.
- I recommend that you park in the LACMA parking structure if the Page Museum lot is full. It's a very short walk to the Page Museum/Tar Pits and, when they were building the parking structure, they found the fossils for Project 23-which is a huge deal at the Tar Pits these days. It was fun to show our daughter where we parked was also where they originally found Project 23.
- The Page Museum doesn't have a restaurant. The tar pits themselves are located in Hancock Park (right outside the Page Museum). It's free to walk in the park, and there are some places to picnic, so you might want to bring your food. We ate at Ray's and Stark Bar by LACMA and weren't impressed. The food was mediocre and overpriced and the wait staff was quite rude. I've heard Counter Burger, nearby Page Museum is good-wish we had tried it.
Hope this helps you plan your own family adventure to the La Brea Tar Pits.