Living near Los Angeles gives our children the opportunity to visit a number of educational – and fun! – places. These aquariums, parks, museums, and more will create learning opportunities for every member of the family!
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Heal The Bay operates the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, which is dedicated to educating guests on the animals that call the bay home. With more than 100 local species on display and a variety of hands-on displays, families can get up close and personal with native marine life. Admission is just $5 for adults and children aged 12 and under are free!
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
There is something for everyone to enjoy and explore at the Natural History Museum. From the exterior Nature Garden to the Dinosaur Hall, or the Becoming Los Angeles exhibit, there is more to see and do than can be done in one visit! Located in Exposition Park, the museum is neighbors with a number of other educational sites including California Science Center and the California African American Museum.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Take a trip back in time to the Ice Age at the La Brea Tar Pits! Housing one of the largest collections of Ice Age fossils in the world, dinosaur lovers and history buffs alike will enjoy learning and exploring the museum. Families can watch real paleontologists work in the Fossil Lab, check out Ice-Age era plants in the Pleistocene Garden, and walk around – and smell – the still-active tar pits.
STAR Eco Station
10101 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Part exotic wildlife rescue and part museum, STAR Eco Station is a unique destination for families to learn more about animals and conservation. See more than 200 species of rescued exotic animals from pythons to parrots on the guided tours which included rescue stories, hands on animal opportunities, and more.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Dr.
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Learn more about the 40th President of the United States at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Highlights of the museum include a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and a chance to board Air Force One! The library is also host to a number of visiting exhibits throughout the year.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Japanese American National Museum was established “to promote understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.” Ongoing exhibits at the museum include Sadako’s Crane, featuring one of the original cranes folded by Sadako Sasaki as she attempted to fold 1,000 paper cranes while battling leukemia in the 1950s. While at the museum, be sure to visit nearby Little Tokyo.