Raising Wilshire

A blog about parenting and car-lite living in Los Angeles

Month: February 2019

Verdict is in: Wilshire gives LACMA two thumbs up

Wilshire at LACMA!

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.)

Join us at Seuss-a-Bration at the SaMo Library!

Santa Monica Friends! Join me and Wilshire next week for a free event at the Main Library next Saturday (3/2) to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

The wonderful things that happen when you read. Linked from santamonica.gov

Organized by the Santa Monica Public Library and the Kiwanis, there will be lots of activities, including

  • Crafts!
  • Abbit the Average (link)
  • Healthy Snacks AND
  • Let’s Read with Gleam!

Mayor Gleam Davis, herself a mom, wants to share her passion for literacy and education with the Santa Monica community. So, for the duration of her term as mayor, Mayor Gleam is going to read with us. Let’s Read will rotate on a monthly basis around all five branches throughout the City throughout her term in 2019, and will involve both adults and children.

Santa Monica Public Library – Main Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Saturday, March 2, from 10am – 12pm
Served by Big Blue Bus 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, R7, 9, 18

P.S. Want to know how I keep up with cool happenings in Santa Monica? I’m subscribed to SaMoNews, the City of Santa Monica’s biweekly newsletter. It’s chock-full of cool, free events happening around Santa Monica.

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