Spring Break is approaching, and you might be wondering what you'll do for a week with the kids. If you live near Los Angeles, LACMA is a really fun day-trip. While some museums can be intimidating for kids (and their parents), LACMA is really REALLY kid friendly. You're kids can become a NextGen member, and get free admission until they turn 18, and each NextGen member can bring one adult for free!
THE NITTY GRITTY...
COST: Free if you are a NextGen member, or an adult accompanying a NextGen member. Find out more about NextGen here. Otherwise, general admission is $15.
- Monday 11 am–5 pm
- Tuesday 11 am–5 pm
- Wednesday Closed
- Thursday 11 am–5 pm
- Friday 11 am–8 pm
- Saturday 10 am–7 pm
- Sunday 10 am–7 pm
PARKING: The parking garage is on 6th, just off Fairfax. It's a $10 flat rate, and you can pay upstairs at the ticket office, or pay when you exit the garage.
REMEMBER: If your children are new to visiting art museums, you may want to review a few etiquette basics with them before your visit. Remind them to talk quietly, walk calmly, and stay about a foot or so away from the art.
MORE INFO: Visit LACMA's site
THE KIDS WILL LOVE...
The Boone Children's Gallery. This is by far where we spend most of our time. On the second level (but on the ground level) of the Hammer Building you'll find a place just for kids. Big tables with gorgeous paints and brushes, and unlimited paper. My kids can't get enough of it. Please be aware, the paints are beautiful, and really high quality. They are not 100% washable, however, so plan your child's wardrobe accordingly.
THE MAIN ATTRACTION...
If your child likes to build, Metropolis II.
If your child is a nature lover, Levitated Mass.
If your child loves to look at art, La Gerbe. The second level of the Ahmanson Building has a fantastic collection of modern art, and you can easily walk around the floor in a big loop and see a lot of great stuff without going all over from building to building, and up and down floors (although that kind of exploration can be fun, too!)
If your child is a child, Penetrabile (or "the noodles" as I've heard many kids call it.) It's endless fun.
THE INSIDE SCOOP...
If you're visiting for free as a NextGen member or as an accompanying adult, remember you'll need to bring your NextGen card and stop at the ticket office to get your printed ticket. It's also a great time to prepay for parking, so you'll have one less thing to do when you're ready to go.