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10 Reasons To Visit LACMA With A Toddler

Kid attractions at California’s biggest art museum

Museums and toddlers aren’t an obvious combination. But a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art can be totally toddler-friendly. Here are ten great reasons to go with your little one, courtesy of LACMA Director of Youth and Family Programs, Karen Satzman.
1. Art that moves, like the mesmerizing cars and trains at Metropolis II.

2. Free family tours designed for tiny tykes (showcased pieces are age-appropriate . . . and at eye level); Saturdays at 11am.

3. Plopping down for family art projects at the “toddler tarp,” on Sundays at 12:30pm.

4. Story time on Mondays and Fridays at 2pm in the Boone Children’s Gallery.

5. The chance to learn about colors from David Hockney’s Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio or Henri Matisse’s La Gerbe.

6. Art that can be touched, such as Chris Burden’s Urban Light lampposts at the entrance.

7. A cookie (and caffeine) break at the C+M (Coffee and Milk) bakery, which opened last summer.

8. Plenty of open space and patches of green for burning off energy.

9. Live jazz on Friday nights at 6pm, from April through November.

10. It’s free! Enroll a child in LACMA’s NexGen membership program, and get free entry for any child under 18 and one accompanying adult. (Regular adult admission is $15.)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
323.857.6000; lacma.org
Closed on Wednesdays