Before Halloween itself, we took the family, plus a niece and nephew, to visit L.A.’s La Brea Tar Pits and the Page Museum for the first time. The Museum’s vast fossil collection and the existing active tar pits scattered around the grounds made quite an impression. Weeks ago, I intended to post these very photographs to get us in the mood for the spooky day, but after the fact will have to do.
Beyond the smelly pits, the Museum grounds were full of just the right kind of entertainment for kids, with twisted trees to climb…
and a steep grassy slope, begging to be run up and rolled down.
and thanks to LACMA, plenty of public art to peruse.
Inside the Page Museum is a treasure trove of bony creatures dug from the depths of the pit:
including my favorite, the Dire Wolf skull display…
and for the strong among us, a tar strength-tester:
could you pull your legs out of the pit? Not likely.
Perhaps most intriguing of all was the fishbowl lab, where we could peek in on volunteers hard at work sorting and cleaning and gently picking away at the specimens.
A grand day out was had by all, and this was just the beginning. Stay tuned!