Posts Tagged ‘tar pits’
Super Snack Before Private Tour to LACMA
Los Angeles is a restaurant town. Lots of restaurants. Lots of truly amazing restaurants. Sometimes, though, on a private tour around Hollywood and Beverly Hills we are on a roll and do not really want to take time out for a sit down meal. That’s when food trucks can be so beneficial. And our food truck company we want to promote, one of our very favorites, is Komodo. This Asian-fusion theme rolling food machine is, as their logo clearly states, dangerously good. Their specialty is a soft taco filled with dreamy, creamy tastes of the Pacific Islands. Seafood and farm food combinations that are mouthwatering and, well, nutritious and energy building. A recent wedding reception picnic we attended was catered by the big black truck with the giant lizard on the side and the wedding party and their guests were thrilled to have such good food at hand. We know our Los Angeles private tour guests have always been delighted after enjoying a quick meal at Komodo and then satisfied and ready to get back on the road and do some serious sightseeing at destinations such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) conveniently located right across the street from this food stop. Speaking of monsters, LACMA sits right beside the La Brea Tar Pits, the last home of some pretty big but now extinct monsters whose bones can be visited at the nearby Page Museum.
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!
Private Tours Are For Kids, Too
We really appreciate that parents ask us about how much fun their children might have on a private tour of Los Angeles with us. We love that they care about their interests as we drive around surrounded by so much movie history and technology. What will interest a child in and around Hollywood? Well, being just big kids ourselves (or in touch with our inner child), we know where to go to keep the young folks aboard our tours fascinated and engaged while also informing and captivating their parents. One terrific location is the La Brea Tar Pits. Green grass fields interrupted with stinky tar pits. In the summer there are people down in the tar pits playing in the muck (really, scientists carefully removing fossils). The Page Museum has reconstructed skeletons of some of the creatures that roamed the area long before movie stars did. Giant sloths, saber-tooth cats, camels, mastodons, dire wolves…all sorts of monsters most folks do not associate with Los Angeles, at least not like they think of Frankenstein, Dracula and Wolfman. We can also visit the Nickelodeon Studios and the Henson Studios, a celebrity dog park, the Venice Skate Park, Fern Gully in Griffith Park, the carousel in Griffith Park or on the Santa Monica Pier. Depending on what the kids like there are all sorts of parks and trails, celebrity homes and hangouts that will interest them. We make lots of stops for running around and climbing and know the best places to stop for treats and drinks. Lunch where the waiters sing (Miceli’s) or the best hot dogs in Hollywood (Pink’s). Believe us when we say the kids will not forget their custom tour of Los Angeles. And the parents will have some really wonderful photographs of the kids loving L.A.
A good friend visiting the La Brea Tar Pits after a ferocious windstorm whips Los Angeles grabbed this photograph of the parent mammoth, trapped in the tar right in front of her wailing baby and mate on the shore, who has now floated across the gaseous pool of water, petroleum and muck. The famous outdoor diorama is disturbed (temporarily). This is a good example of how sights our guests see on their private Los Angeles tour with us are not always the same. From day to day little things are altered, sometimes even big things. Buildings come and go and are changed with paint and decoration. Business names change. And wooly mammoths drag their anchors across a tar pit in a fierce wind. It figures this would be near Hollywood — it’s so dramatic!
Who says little kids can’t enjoy a tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood? Especially a private, luxury tour customized to please them. Here we are at the La Brea tar pits, a large park in the middle of Los Angeles complete with sculptures of long extinct animals for Alex to climb on and have us take a photograph for mom and dad’s photo album. Even better, a giant hill built around the George Page Museum . You can roll down the hill before or after a visit to the museum to see the tar pit skeletons and more tar and gunk and smelly stuff than you can imagine. Wax museums in Hollywood and tar pits in La Brea nearby – what could possibly be more fun? Climbing on the trails up near the Hollywood sign? Playing on the beach in Venice? Riding the roller coaster over the water at the Santa Monica pier? Sure, there’s lots of fun things to do and see for the very young when visiting Los Angeles.