November 1, 2014

Car-Free Kids Weekend

Grab your TAP card and head out to enjoy some fun kid activities this weekend—no car required.

Zimmer Children's MuseumZimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90048
323-761-8984
Hours: Tues-Fri: 10am-5pm, Sun: 12:30pm-5pm, Sat: Closed
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children, children under 1 are free
How to get there: Metro 720 Rapid bus

Exhibits include a tree play area; a water table with a current, fish and boats to float; a pirate ship with a ball pit; a full sized ambulance with dress up play costumes and a hospital play area and more. The museum offers art, music and dance classes during the week, as well as a robot building class. The museum is oriented towards Jewish families but can be enjoyed by kids of any religious affiliation.

Giggle Gaggle/Detention Span
At the Raven Playhouse
5233 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-720-2009
Hours: 5:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun.
Price: $8
How to get there: Metro Red Line to Hollywood Station

The Joy Theatre presents improv comedy by kids, for kids. Giggle Gaggle features children ages 4 to 11; Detention Span features those from 12 to 18.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Neighborhood: Palms
(310) 836-6131
Hours: Thu 2 pm-8 pm, Fri-Sun 12 pm-6 pm
Price: $5
How to get there: Metro Expo line to Culver City Station.

Located in Culver City, the museum has been described as “a wunderkammer of the real and the should-be-real” (NY Times). Exhibits include a scale model of Noah’s Ark; a fruit pit carved with an image of the Crucifixion; and a painted sculpture of Disney’s Goofy standing on the head of a needle. Really young kids will be bored but school-age kids will appreciate the steampunk sensibility and surreal oddness.

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Alisa is a writer whose work has been featured in the Oregonian, the Syracuse Post-Standard, Latina magazine and other publications. She has also had her short fiction published in the Berkely Fiction Review and Iris: A Journal About Women. Alisa and her husband, James Hightower, have been happily raising their son, Nathan, in downtown Los Angeles since 2008. You can learn more about Alisa's work at www.alisarivera.com.