Gucky Science at the La Brea Tar Pits
Natural History, Tar Pits, Monsters – Kids Love a Private Tour to La Brea
Of course kids get a big kick out the big fluffy costumed characters inhabiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater or the entrance to Universal Studios and City Walk. We also take our youngest Los Angeles private tour guests past the Henson Studios (think Muppets) and Nickelodeon. We know a couple of excellent playgrounds, carousels and, always, there is the beach. But for some unknown reason the La Brea Tar Pits truly appeals to the inner Neanderthal of our smallest passengers. The Page Museum on the Rancho La Brea grounds is a fascinating hands-on experience full of models of ancient and giant extinct creatures that once roamed Los Angeles before the giant movie stars arrived. There are dioramas and samples of all sorts of things parents would not generally allow them to touch and play with. Outside are sculptures (actual size) of some of those glorious beasts (mammoths, dire wolves, giant sloths, saber-toothed cats). And best of all – pits of oozing, bubbling tar. One end of the park contains working excavation sites that in the summer have teams of researchers and junior scientists troweling through the muck searching for the bony remnants of lives lived long before the area was settled and exploited for petroleum. The story is fascinating. The smells not so much. The kids love the science and the stories and all the clear ground to run around. Adults love this destination, too. No wonder they call this part of Wilshire Boulevard the Miracle Mile!