Los Angeles with kids: Museums for young, inquisitive minds

Display at the La Brea Tar Pits, Page Museum in Los Angeles
Display at the La Brea Tar Pits, Page Museum in Los Angeles

Taking kids to a museum in Los Angeles can be hit or miss, depending on what kind of museums you visit and what mood your kids are in. Los Angeles might be known for glitz, but don't let that fool you into thinking that the city is superficial. Your vacation in L.A. can be as educational as you make it. If your kids are in a good mood for adventure and learning, check out these museums:

Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits (5801 Wilshire Boulevard): Where else can you find the piece of history in the middle of the city? The Page Museum hosts one of the largest collection of Ice Age fossils, and that collection is still growing. Kids will love to walk in the park to check out the many tar pit displays. Stop by Pit 91 and you can see what the archeologist have to do to in order to get all of those fossils. Nearby, you can stay in Le Parc Suites hotel in Hollywood.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5905 Wilshire Boulevard): This art museum knows how to take care of family with kids -- it was even voted one of the "10 Best Art Museums for Kids" by Parents magazine. There are various programs available throughout the year and kids can bring adults in to visit for free. Plus, it's located right next door to the Page Museum. Another option for a place to stay while visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the Petit Ermitage in Hollywood.

Griffith Park Observatory (2800 East Observatory Avenue): Part museum, part observatory, part planetarium -- The Griffith Park Observatory will satisfy everyone in the family. Kids seem to be especially mesmerized by the Foucault pendulum at its entrance. As the saying goes, "the best things in life are free." You got it. The best thing about the Griffith Park Observatory is that the admission is free for all. Though, you will have to pay to watch the planetarium show. It's just a quick car ride from the kid-friendly Magic Castle Hotel.

- Amy Querido of The Q Family Adventures and Atlanta With Kid

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