Tuesday, July 6, 2010

La Brea Tar Pits Exploration!

Em and Ro at the top of the hill at the Page Museum - La Brea Tar Pits

The joy of the summer school break is the ability to take the boys on day excursions in the middle of the week.  Another great joy for families on a budget are free days at said day excursions!  Free first Tuesdays at the Page Museum - La Brea Tar Pits are awesome and are not just about the museum!  About 2/3 of our visit was spent outdoors rolling down the hills (the museum is kinda pyramid shaped with grassy angled sides) and taking in the views of the city.  A picnic lunch, a resting moment in the shade of the trees and that's your day. 

Of course, going inside the museum to learn about one of the world's largest active fossil research sites is fun too.  Skeletons of long extinct dinosaurs, sloths, saber-tooth tigers... and wee things too such as shells, plants, bugs can be viewed.  One of our favorite stops is always "the fish bowl" where you can watch scientists at work.  The meticulous patience of these men and women is very fun to watch! 
Ro and Em wandering down the hill to sit under the shady trees for a bit.

Of course, all days must come to an end and we decided to leave before the insanity of L.A. traffic truly hit.  We'll be going back again soon... at least once more before school starts.