Monday, May 31, 2010

Last Day in CA - La Brea Tar Pits

And finally, the last full day of our California vacation. We decided to spend our morning on a bit of an Ice Age adventure by visiting the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits!

We began the visit by walking around the grounds and looking at all of the stinky tar! There are several spots where it has bubbled and oozed out of the ground. This next photo shows a pretty neat site - they've constructed a little viewing building over a large pit. There are still some bones down in the pit, so you can see how it looks to the paleontologists - and see how dirty they get when they are excavating the fossils!

There were also some statues of Ice Age animals that the kids loved.

In the museum, the kids immediately found books in the gift shop that interested them and plopped down to look.

Finally we convinced them to come inside the museum - and Carter was glad he did. There were so many animal fossils - mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, giant sloths - very cool!

When we finished at the museum it was time for lunch, so we tried California's popular In-n-Out Burger. We got to drive around Hollywood a little, and saw the famous sign. Then we headed back once more to the California Science Center. We explored their very cool new "ecosystems" exhibit, and spent time in the Discovery Zone there - an area specifically for preschoolers. It was decorated SO CUTE!

After this big day of museum adventures, Courtney needed to rest!

The next morning we spent a little more time at the beach, then boarded our plane back to Austin. Such a fun vacation!

1 comment:

Heather Maria said...

Oh wow this place looks brilliant Libby! Mark and Adam were looking at the photos of the fossils and asked if they could visit there tomorrow!