This summer, SoCal Museums – which include The Getty Center, Los Angeles Zoo, Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Skirball Cultural Center – will host “Creature Crawl,” an activity for kids and families that lets them explore the many museums that currently have animal-themed exhibitions on view.
Creatures featured include fabled unicorns in medieval manuscripts at The Getty Center, dinosaurs from Antarctica at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, a garden of butterflies at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and much more.
Participants can collect puzzle pieces at each of the five participating museums and use them to create a mythical beast that kids can design and color. Families can upload their creations to socalmuseums.org and win prizes for their work at the end of the summer.
“The idea for this project came about when we realized that there are so many exhibitions happening this summer that revolve around the animal world, and we should find a fun way for families to visit them all,” said Jennifer Caballero, president of SoCal Museums and marketing director at the Skirball Cultural Center. “This activity gives families a great reason to explore Southern California’s museums in the summer months and collect beastly mementos along the way.”
“Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World” will be on display at the Getty Center through Aug. 18. The L.A. Zoo will host Summer Creature Features all summer long. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will display “Antarctic Dinosaurs” through Jan. 5, and its sister museum, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, features mammoths and mastodons year-round. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will host “Butterflies Alive!” and “Prehistoric Forest” through Sept. 2. The Skirball Cultural Center is home to “Noah’s Ark at the Skirball.”
With support from UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, kids at the hospital who are unable to travel to the museums will receive their own package of activities so that they can also participate in the fun.
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive. The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 W. Exposition Blvd. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is located at 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara. The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. For information, visit socalmuseums.org.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.