Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Los Angeles vacation: inland.

The thing we always underestimate about Los Angeles is that is is so big, and if you want to do anything out of the neighborhood you are staying in, driving takes awhile. We planned our days strategically because of this. We stayed in Venice Beach for seven nights, and planned to venture inland three days: 
  • Day One: Los Angeles Natural History Museum and the California Science Center (to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor). 
    • Tips: 
      • Teachers are free at the Natural History Museum.
      • The California Science Center is free, but requires a two dollar fee per ticket to reserve a time to see the Space Shuttle. This was well worth the money to reserve the tickets (the line was really long for those who didn't reserve ahead of time, and not everyone was able to get a ticket).
  • Day Two: Griffith Park train, exploring Silverlake (with lunch at Night + Market and ice cream at Milk), and the Griffith Park Observatory. 
  • Day Three: Downtown Los Angeles, lunch at Grand Central Market (lots of delicious food options), exploring Grand Park for the kids, The Broad Museum for the adults
    • Tips: 
      • Tickets to The Broad are free, but you must book in advance (tickets open up on the first of every month). If you can get the first time slot, you have a better chance of seeing the special exhibits.
The Los Angeles Natural History Museum is my new favorite museum in the world. Both of our kids love dinosaurs, and they were obsessed. If you have a kid who likes dinosaurs, take them there! It was the kind of place that all four of us really enjoyed.

We're already talking about the possibility of doing a similar trip to LA next year, because there are things we still want to do: Huntington Library and Gardens, Getty Museum, Getty Villa, La Brea Tarpits, and the LACMA.

Day One:

There's a butterfly on her back:

Day Two:
When you discover a shadow of your pigtails:
Day Three:
Something fun about traveling (even just a short distance from home to Los Angeles) is the unexpected highlights. This was a magic show that we happened upon, and I have never seen Everett laugh so hard for so long. 

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