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Ready to blow your kids’ minds by taking them back in time? The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and La Brea Tar Pits are offering a new series of self-guided tours that elevate the historical museum outing to an epic adventure. Your family can hear a dinosaur roar, come face-to-face with a saber-toothed cat, meet and greet snakes and tortoises, see the only  Tyrannosaurus rex growth series in the world and so much more. Read on to learn how to have this unforgettable experience with your family.

Self-Guided Tours Transform the Museum Stroll Into an Adrenaline Rush

Up the ante on the casual museum stroll by opting for a self-guided tour that will get your heart pumping! The museums’ fantastic selection of tours can be accessed on any mobile device during your visit. Here are some of our favorite tour options for families:

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The Kid at Heart Tour will have the whole family feeling playful. From the Ice Age Encounters show featuring a life-size adult Saber-toothed Cat puppet, a live performance and film projections that bring Ice Age L.A. to life, to tapping into that curious inner child to ask a scientist your most burning questions, top this tour off with a giggle inducing roll down the grassy hills outside the museum.

The Selfie Tour will even have your smartphone obsessed, hard to impress tween on board with this educational excursion. They’ll get to pose in front of envy-inducing backdrops like a wall of Dire Wolf skulls or next to a roaring saber-toothed cat.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Tours

Junior Jurassic fanatics will dig right in to the Eat/Drink/Breathe Dinosaurs Tour. They won’t believe their eyes when they witness the Tyrannosaurus rex growth series, featuring a baby, juvenile, and sub-adult T. rex. It’s the only series of its kind in the entire world! Your pint-sized paleontologists will also relish the chance to enjoy the interactive Dinosaur Encounters featuring NHM’s life-size dinosaur puppets. They can even peek behind the scenes of the museum’s Dino Lab to witness scientists working on real fossils brought back to the Dinosaur Institute from out in the field.

Take your wild child on the Wild L.A. Tour to learn about some of life’s wonders thriving in their very own backyard. From getting a closer look at insects and greeting snakes and tortoises to watching busy bees at work or enjoying some peaceful birdwatching, this tour will give your kids a greater understanding and appreciation of the creatures around them.

Test your fam’s collective courage by banding together and bonding during the Fears and Phobias Tour. Hear a dinosaur’s bellowing roar, discover more about Frankenstein’s creepy Creature, watch black and brown widows crawl over miniature dioramas and weave their webs at the Nature Lab and learn how a rattlesnake “sees” you via a heat-sensing mirror. Beware! This tour is not for the faint at heart!

Enter the #MindBlownLA Contest When You Visit!

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and La Brea Tar Pits want to know what amazing things you discover on their self-guided tours that really blow your mind. Share your experiences with the world via your social media accounts with the hashtag #MindBlownLA and the museum location––and each time you post, you’ll be entered into a monthly contest to win awesome prizes from museum memberships, to events, to museum inspired gifts. You’d already be posting a photo of your kids in front of the mammoth filled iconic Lake Pit at the La Brea Tar Pits or pretending to flee the T.Rex at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and now you can be rewarded for sharing your pics!

Plan your mind-blowing trip to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County or La Brea Tar Pits today!

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
213-763-3466
Online: nhm.org

La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
213-763-3499
Online: tarpits.org

––Beth Shea