Free Admission- San Bernardino County Museum

The San Bernardino County Museum invites visitors to visit the museum and enjoy free admission the first Sunday of the month. The museum is a perfect place for the entire family and you won’t have to spend a single dime since parking is also free. It’s a great deal!! By the way I forgot to mention that the museum also happens to run it’s Family Day program on the same day.

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San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA 92374

  • Open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Holiday Mondays include: Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day.
  • Closed most Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1

Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum

The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum is one place that your kiddos will enjoy. It’s located in Griffith Park and is a must if you have little railroad enthusiasts. There are train exhibits that everyone will enjoy and every Sunday the museum operates 7½” gauge model trains for the general public free of charge from 11 am – 3 pm (weather permitting). except for the Sunday before Memorial Day and the first Sunday in October. The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. Train rides begin at 11 am.

The museum is home to Walt Disney’s Barn. It’s the actual barn that was in Mr. Disney’s backyard in Holmby Hills, California. The barn is where Walt , who was a member of the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum had his workshop and ran the switches for his home railroad. The barn is open on the third Sunday of each month and features displays of Disney, LALS and railroad related memorabilia. Guided tours are provided by members of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society.

The museum and railroad are open every Sunday weather permitting from 11am to 3pm and admission and train rides are FREE of charge.

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Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum

5202 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027

Free- Art Odyssey @ The Getty Villa Malibu

I love to be out with my family on the weekends and I usually try to squeeze something in during the week. The only problem is that it can get expensive. I’m always on the lookout for fun and free things to do with my kids. I found something that I think everyone in your family will enjoy.

The Getty Villa in Malibu is hosting Art Odyssey every Saturday and Sunday through the end of the year at 2pm. Admission to the Getty Villa is free and the only thing that you will have to pay for is $10.00 for parking. The Odyssey as you can imagine is also free. The Art Odyssey is a 45 minute gallery program that includes a tour, an art lesson and lots of family time. The program is geared for children 5 years and up.

Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Store beginning 15 minutes before the start of the event. A professional gallery teacher will lead you and a small group of other families into the galleries to explore a group of artworks on a specific theme. You might learn about a day in the life of a hero, meet the gods and goddesses of the ancient world, go on an odyssey with Hercules (the Greek Herakles), or learn about the daily lives of the ancient Romans. Then you’ll use what you see as inspiration for a fun hands-on activities such as art, writing, or drama projects.

After your Art Odyssey, your gallery teacher will suggest other family-friendly ways to explore the collection, so that your and your family can have a great day at the Villa.

Admission to the The Getty Villa is free but you will need an advanced ticket. To get your hands on one of these tickets and for additional information click here.