Visit One Of The Best Educational Kids Museums In Los Angeles
It’s almost summer and that means you will be looking for things to do to occupy those out-of-school days with your children. Why not take advantage of the many excellent museums located near Chatsworth Hills Academy and throughout Los Angeles. We’ve put together a list of our five favorite museums located closest to Chatsworth.
Valley Relics Museum
The Valley Relics museum, located right in Chatsworth, offers an outstanding collection of items that tell the history of The San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. The collection includes rare documents, photographs, postcards, yearbooks, neon signs, clothing, books, art, cars and bicycles from the Valley’s past.
Address: 21630 Marilla St., Chatsworth CA 91311
Hours: Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Zimmer Children’s Museum
The Zimmer Children’s Museum is perfect for the littlest of explorers! You’ll find creative, interactive learning and self-expression activities through art, role play, and many other hands-on activities. The museum offers 10,000 square feet of discovery-based exhibits and more than 20 classes and public programs each week in art, music & movement, cross-cultural exchange, school readiness, early childhood education and five foreign languages. The V.I.B (Very Important Babies) program even allows a time on Wednesday mornings for access exclusively for the two-and-under crowd. Besides the children’s museum geared toward 0 to 8-year-olds, the Zimmer offers youTHink, a creative youth development program for middle and high school students that empowers youth to make a difference in their lives and communities through arts-based classroom lessons and a range of arts and youth leadership programs during after school hours.
Address: 6505 Wilshire Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed Monday and Saturday and most Jewish and national holidays.
Cost: $7; Kids under 1 are free. Grandparents are free on Thursdays.
Kidspace Children’s Museum
Kidspace provides children ages 2 to 10 increased access to the arts, humanities and sciences with exhibits, programs and activities that encourage a child’s growth and development through explorations of the environment, investigations in science, and artistic forms of expression that captivate the inquisitive and growing minds. Informal, “free-range learning” experiences give kids hands-on experiences, including a detailed investigation and discovery of bugs, butterflies, and spiders. Kids love the outdoor water feature fun, perfect for a warm summer day. Water, mud, and sand are elements of Kidspace, so plan accordingly. Daily activities and programs happen regularly. Check website for details.
Address: 480 N Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open Mondays March 13 to September 4, 2017. Check website for closure on UCLA game days)
Cost: $13, kids under 1 are free.
Discovery Cube Los Angeles
One of the newest museums for kids to pop up in LA is the Discovery Cube, located in northeast Los Angeles. It’s focus on STEM education offers inspiration for kids in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math through hand-on exhibits. Other cornerstones of Discovery Cube include: Early Learning, Healthy Living and Environmental Stewardship. Favorites activities include making a home environmentally friendly, learning the basics of healthy food choices, and the Science of Hockey exhibit.
Address: 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Adults – $17.95; seniors 62+ and kids 3-14 – $12.95; kids 2 and under are free.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Travelling a little farther south is worth the drive when your kids see this sprawling museum that includes more than 35 specimens dating back 4.5 billion years. The Natural History Museum of LA will allow children to experience what the planet was like long ago. A few kid favorites include Dinosaur hall where you’ll find more than 300 fossils and 20 fully complete dinosaurs; the Nature Lab, where kids can learn about many animals and plants plus discover their role in conservation of all species; the animal dioramas from all over the world; and the seasonal Pavilions (butterflies in the spring and spiders in the fall).
Address: 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Hours: Open 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.
Cost: Adults – $12 for adults; Kids $5; under 3 free.
At Chatsworth Hills Academy, we understand the educational benefits of visiting museums and enrolling your child in art and science programs available in our community. We encourage you to visit these and the many other museums in the Los Angeles area and get involved in the many programs they offer to stimulate critical thinking and provide opportunities for self-expression and discovery.