Archive for Free Admission
Hooray !!! It looks like rain will be leaving us tonight/tomorrow and a little sunshine will be heading our way! ! I can’t wait to take the kids somewhere. They have been going stir crazy and are ready for some exploring. Here are a couple of suggestions that will entertain your kiddos and are either free or not very expensive.I posted this list last year for winter break. It’s an oldie but goodie!
1. The California Science Center. I can’t rave enough about this wonderful place. It is at the top of the list in my book for something to do in So Cal that is fun, different and oh did I mention that it is absolutely FREE!(all you have to do is pay for parking). Pack a lunch or splurge a little and enjoy Mcdonald’s on the first floor of the museum.
2. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium- While it is is not the Aquarium of the Pacific or Scripps, it is a great little aquarium that has the most amazing staff and some fun exhibits.The Aquarium is absolutely FREE and parking is a $1 an hour
3. The Getty Museum and Getty Villa- These two beautiful jewels sit perched on a hill with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Both are FREE to the public and while many of you may be thinking- no way- my kiddos would be bored out of their mind, think again! My kiddos had a blast on our last visit and they have a fun kids area that your kiddos will never want to leave!
4. Enviromental Nature Center- pack a good pair of shoes and enjoy a fun hike on the center’s trail. Also stay a bit to explore the Center. It’s a fun little place your kiddos will enjoy. Did I mention it’s FREE?
5. Zimmer’s Children’s Museum- In my opinion one of the best children’s museums in the area. The theming is out of this world and not very crowded. While the museum is not free, admission prices are reasonable($5 for kids and $8 for adults) It’s a great alternative to the movies.
6. Hit your local dollar theater. We love the dollar theatre. It’s fun, cheap and the kids have a great time. The best part is that our entire family can catch a flick and get some treats for less than $10! You can’t beat that!
7. Travel Town Museum- a family favorite. This little train museum is pretty darn cool and admission is absolutely free. Make a day at Griffith Park by bringing some toys and have some good old fashioned fun playing in one of the many playgrounds or by taking a little hike.
8. Natural History Museum- Los Angeles. Love Night of the Museum? well you will definitely love the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Your family will fall in love with this amazing museum and the best part is that although it does not offer free admission- admission prices are pretty darn reasonable. Children under 5 are free, kids 6-12 are $2 and adults are $9. For less than 20 bucks you can treat your family to an incredible day and learn a thing or two. I love it!
9. Santa Ana Zoo in the afternoon. Did you know the Santa Ana Zoo offers half price off after 2pm? We love the Santa Ana Zoo and it has one of the best play areas. It’s shaded, there is a snack bar and a play area for the tiny tots and another for the older ones. We love sitting in the aviary and having a few moments of peace and quiet. It’s a fun little place that my family loves!
10. La Habra Children’s Museum- This great little museum is a perfect place to let your kiddos romp around. There are hands on exhibits, a preschool playroom, a train car to explore and much much more. Admission is $7 a person and children 2 and under are free of charge.
I love almost anything that is free. As I was researching a future post, I stumbled upon Museum Day 2010, which will take place on Saturday, September 25th. Museum Day 2010 is sponsored by The Smithsonian Magazine
Museum Day 2010 will offer you and a guest(all you have to do is head to this link and print out a free card) FREE general admission to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide. California has over 90 participating museums! This is the perfect opportunity to make that visit to a particpating museum that you have been wanting to visit. No excuses!
All you have to do is head here and print out your Free card. It allows you and a guest admission to participating museums. Simple as that!
Here is a list of participating museums in Southern California.
•Autry National Center- Los Angeles
•American Museum of Ceramic Art Pomona
•Bowers Museum and Kidseum- Santa Ana
•California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum Escondido
•Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert Rancho Mirage
•Chinese American Museum
•Craft and Folk Art Museum Los Angeles
•El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park Santa Barbara
•Elverhoj Museum of History & Art Solvang
•Escondido History Center
•Fowler Museum at UCLA Los Angeles
•Fullerton Museum Center Fullerton
•Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano San Juan Capistrano
•Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum Huntington Beach
•Los Angeles Art Association
•Laguna Art Museum- Laguna Beach
•Mingei International Museum Escondido Escondido
•Mingei International Museum San Diego San Diego
•Museum of Making Music- Carlsbad
•Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) Long Beach
•Museum of Neon Art (MONA) Los Angeles
•Museum of San Diego History San Diego
•Museum of Ventura County Ventura
•Oceanside Museum of Art Oceanside
•Palos Verdes Art Center Rancho Palos Verdes
•Pasadena Museum of California Art
•Point Fermin Lighthouse San Pedro
•Quail Botanical Gardens Encinitas
•Reuben H. Fleet Science Center San Diego
•Riverside Metopolitan Museum Riverside
•San Diego Archeological Center- Escondido
•San Diego Air & Space Museum San Diego
•San Diego Archaeological Center Escondido
•San Diego Chinese Historical Museum San Diego
•San Diego Natural History Museum San Diego
•Santa Monica Museum of Art Santa Monica
•Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles
•Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
•The Whaley House Museum San Diego
•Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology Hemet
My family loves Pretend City. We have a membership and try to head there at least once a week. One of the things that I love about Pretend City is their focus on children and their Good To Good from Head to Toe Initiative.
Good To Go From Head To Toe is an initiative designed to educate the community and parents about the importance of having children (birth through 5-years-old) receive regular developmental check-ups as part of their routine, well-child visits.
I’m all about doing free things. I’m sure you all are too!! If you are looking for something to do on Monday to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday ,why not try a visit to the LACMA(Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
Thanks to a generous contribution from Target, visitors of all ages are invited to a free day at the museum featuring live performances, tours, and self-guided activities. The museum will be having special performances and family friendly activities. Make sure to check out the children’s special audio tour designed specifically with your little ones in mind. I hope you can enjoy a day at the museum and remember that free admission at the LACMA will be held every holiday Monday. There will be activities from 12:30 to 3:30.
I love sharing Free, Fun and Family Geared Events or places to visit. The Claremont Museum of Art hosts Family Art Days. Designed to inspire creativity and encourage families to make art together. These casual, “walk-up and make art” events feature new activities each month, inspired by upcoming holidays or the Museum’s current exhibits. This is a great way for families to spend creative time together. The museum provides the materials and volunteers. The museum offers Free Admission on Family Days.
The next Family Art Day will be Sunday, October 18th from noon to 3pm. It’s a fun event that is definitely worth checking out! For additional information head here.
I love sharing Free events and the Los Angeles Museum “Free-For-All” is one that is not to be missed! I have a little dinosaur lover that would absolutely love to visit the Natural History Museum in LA. I can’t wait to take him. It’s going to be a busy and Free weekend for us!
Let me share a little about the “Free-For-All”. In a joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California, the Museum Marketing Roundtable announces the fifth annual “Museums Free-For-All” on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2009. The following museums – presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science – will open their doors wide and invite visitors free of charge.*
- Armory Center for the Arts – Both Days
- The Autry National Center – Sunday, October 4th ONLY
- Bowers Museum – Sunday, October 4th Only
- California African American Museum – Both Days
- California Heritage Museum – Saturday, October 3rd Only
- California Science Center – Both Days
- Craft and Folk Art Museum – Both Days
- Fowler Museum at UCLA – Both Days
- The Getty Center – Both Days
- The Getty Villa**- Both Days
- The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live – Sunday, October 4th Only
- Hammer Museum at UCLA – Sunday, October 4th Only
- Japanese American National Museum – Saturday, October 3rd Only
- Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial – Saturday, October 3rd
- The Museum of Contemporary Art,
Los Angeles (MOCA) – Sunday, October 4th Only
- Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) – Both Days
- Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County – Sunday October 4th Only
- Norton Simon Museum – Sunday, October 4th Only
- Orange County Center for Contemporary Art – Both Days
- Orange County Museum of Art – Both Days
- The Paley Center for Media – Both Days
- Santa Monica Museum of Art - Saturday, October 3rd Only
- Skirball Cultural Center – Sunday, October 4th Only
- The Studio for Southern California History – Both Days
- Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
- American Museum of Ceramic Art
- Birch Aquarium at Scripps
- California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum
- Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
- Corita Art Center
- Craft and Folk Art Museum
- El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
- Elverhoj Museum of History & Art
- Escondido History Center
- Fowler Museum at UCLA
- Fullerton Museum Center
- Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano
- Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum
- Japanese American National Museum
- Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
- Millard Sheets Center for the Arts
- Mingei International Museum Escondido
- Mingei International Museum San Diego
- Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
La Jolla and San Diego
- Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
- Museum of Making Music
- Museum of Neon Art (MONA)
- Museum of San Diego History
- Museum of Ventura County
- Oceanside Museum of Art
- Palos Verdes Art Center
Rancho Palos Verdes
- Pasadena Museum of History
- Point Fermin Lighthouse
- Quail Botanical Gardens
- Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
- Reynolds Gallery
- Riverside Metopolitan Museum
- S.C.R.A.P. Gallery – The Art Museum for the Environment
- San Bernardino County Museum
- San Diego Air & Space Museum
- San Diego Archaeological Center
- San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
- San Diego Natural History Museum
- San Mateo County History Museum
- Santa Monica Museum of Art
- Skirball Cultural Center
- The Adobe Chapel Museum
- The Whaley House Museum
- University Art Museum
- Victor Valley Museum & Art Gallery
- Watts Towers Arts Center & Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center
- Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology
The Los Angeles Museum of Holocaust will offer Free admission on Sunday September 27th , since the museum is closed on Saturday.
There are hundreds of museums participating nationwide. Make sure to tell your friends and family because this is an amazing opportunity. For additional information head on over here.
If you grew up in Southern California, you might recall the commercials for the Museum of Science and Industry. I have fond memories of visiting with my family as a child. Well time has been very kind to the museum and it’s now called the California Science Center. I’ve been meaning to visit with the kids for quite some time now and was finally able to make the trip this weekend. We packed a bag Saturday afternoon and headed off for a visit to the Science Center.
The Science is Center is located in Exposition Park and is the West Coast’s largest hands on science center. It boasts 3 floors, which holds 4 permanent exhibits and a special exhibit gallery which showcases popular exhibits from museums around the world. The four permanent exhibits are The Creative World Exhibit, The World of Life Exhibit, Air and Space Exhibit and the Science court.
The first exhibit we toured was The Creative World , which showcases advances humans have made in communication, architecture and transportation. My kids loved the exhibit. My daughter was fascinated with the communication section of the exhibit. The second and final exhibit we toured was the World of Life exhibit. My kids were in heaven. They did not want to budge from the gallery. They loved the the Life Source gallery which featured a chicken hatchery.
The absolute highlight of the trip for them was a visit to the Discovery Room. If you have kids under 5 this is probably where you will spend most of your time. Your children will be able to see frogs, spiders, crabs, turtles, birds and snakes close up. There is a fantastic toddler area. My son Michael who is only a year old was entertained for at least an hour. We had planned to visit the Air and Space Exhibit but we ran out of time. If you are planning a visit make sure you allow for plenty of time.
I can’t tell you enough how much we all loved the museum. I would arrive early to make the best of your visit. I would visit the second floor first and explore The Creative World Exhibit and The World of Life exhibit. I would then stop to have lunch at either McDonald’s or Taco Bell Express, which are located on the first floor of the museum. After lunch I would head out to explore the third floor and the Air and Space Wing. We will be heading out to explore the Air and Space exhibit next weekend and I can’t wait to share our experience with you. Trust me your family will love this place.
California Science Center – Exposition Park, 700 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
The California Science Center is open daily from 10am to 5pm- closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Admission to the Science Center’s permanent exhibit galleries is FREE!!
Parking is $8 per car- cash only!
For additional information click here
It’s the first weekend of the month and there are a couple of free things to do this weekend and also next Tuesday which is the first Tuesday of the month. Just a reminder for the Bank of America Museums on us program. It allows one admission per name/names on debit card or credit card. Have a fantastic weekend and I hope you can take advantage of one of the free things to do this weekend!
- Target Free is offering Free admission to La Habra Children’s Museum on Saturday
- Target Free is offering Free admission to the Bowers and Bowers Kidseum on Sunday
- Target Free Family Day is offering Free Admission to the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach on Sunday
- Bank of America Museums on us – Saturday only – Free Admission with your B of A debit/credit card- Discovery Science Center-Santa Ana
- Bank of America Museums on us- Sat & Sun- Muzeo in Anaheim
- Bank of America Museums on us- Sat & Sun- Birch Aquarium – La Jolla
- Bank of America Museums on us- Sat & Sun- Museum of Latin American Art- Long Beach
- Bank of America Museums on us- Sat & Sun- LACMA- Los Angeles
- Bank of America Museums on us- Sat & Sun -Autry National Center of the American West- Griffith Park
- Bank of America Museums on us- Sat only- Riverside Art Museum
- Bank of America Museums on us- Sat & Sun- The New Children’s Museum – San Diego
- First Tuesday of the month free admission this upcoming Tuesday at the La Brea Tar Pits
- First Tuesday of the month free admission this upcoming Tuesday at the Natural History Museum at Exposition Park
- First Tuesday night of the month Free Admission this upcoming Tuesday Eve 4pm-8pm – Kidseum in Pasadena