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Authentic Halloween Creepiness

The Natural History Museum opens its Spider Pavilion

Spiders scare the living hell out of most of us here at StrollerTraffic. But since we know quite a few toddlers who think they're awesome, we mustered up the courage to investigate the Natural History Museum’s new Spider Pavilion. And you know what? It's pretty damn cool. The exhibit features 300 totally harmless (and surprisingly large) critters, like the giant wood spider, golden silk spider, and jewel garden spider. Since there’s nothing separating visitors from the arachnids, tots can get as close as they want—without touching. While web spinners are free to create their masterpieces on plants that fill the pavilion, the museum's creepiest—and deadly—guys, mostly tarantulas, are relegated to terrariums in the lobby. (Thank God.) Timed tickets for the pavilion are sold daily in half-hour intervals from 10am until 4:30pm; general admission plus a timed ticket costs $15 for adults, $6 for kids ages 3 to 12, and children under 2 are free.
The Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd., South LA
213.763.3466; nhm.org/site