Did you know that kids can join the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for free? Through its NextGen program, which is generously funded through private philanthropy, kids can get into the museum free until s/he turns 18. And, the membership includes one free general admission, presumably to allow an adult to accompany the child (this is worth $20)
Wilshire officially joined LACMA in mid-February.
We took the Metro 720 from the house to LACMA on a Saturday morning. The trip door-to-door, including a brisk trot to the bus stop, was about 35 minutes.
We spent about 90 minutes at the museum before finding lunch.. First, we went to the Boone Children’s Gallery, where Wilshire painted with Japanese water colors for about 40 minutes. Then, we checked out Metropolis, an intense, kinetic sculpture modeled after a high-rise city with lots of cars and TRAINS moving at speeds of up to 240 mph. Wilshire loved it.
Even with the NextGen membership, visiting LACMA can get expensive really quickly if you have to pay for adult admission, parking ($12/car) or for lunch. Save money by bringing in your own food, including your own milk. (A milk box is $4.) We took the bus, which worked out to $3.50 round trip for me.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11am – 5pm
Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-7pm
Transit: Metro 720 (Wilshire Blvd), 217 (Fairfax Ave.)