Got a Jurassic-loving junior on your hands? From dusting off old bones to learning what a Brachiosaurus ate, we’ve dug up some pint-sized paleontologist fun. Scroll through our slideshow to learn where to get the dirt on these giant creatures in and near San Diego.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Sloths, saber-toothed cats, Mastodons, oh my! Coming millions of years after the big dinos, these ferocious creatures were captured (and preserved) in the still-active La Brea Tar Pits. Kids love the oozing tar pits and watching real paleontologists work at the museum. You’ll also find live prehistoric shows and a Titans of the Ice Age 3D movie.

Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Museum Cost: $12/adult; $5/child; free for children; under 3; $12 parking

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca
213-763-3499
Online: tarpits.org

photo: Joe Ve DX

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––Nikki Walsh