As you all know, I've never been a huge fan of anything in LA except the weather, but last Thursday night I happened to be the Hubster's Plus One to an event where Mayor Garcetti spoke. I'm as interested in politics as my son is in cleaning his room, but the Mayor is incredibly charismatic and passionate about Los Angeles. He spoke with fervor about the growing art scene, the restaurants and the architecture, and I totally drank the Kool-aid. I found myself nodding along, thinking, "yes! Los Angles is incredible! It's amazing here! It just gets better every day! Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?!"
I suspect that my enthusiasm for LA was fueled mostly by the open bar and not being with my kids, but in all honestly it's not completely terrible here. Yes, the traffic sucks, and there are potholes that could swallow up the Little Lady, but overall life here is pretty good. I've met wonderful people, and there are some pretty great places to take the kids that don't happen to be amusement parks of strip malls.
LACMA is one of our regular destinations for kid-friendly fun. I know that when you have little kids a museum is not always the first thing that comes to mind, but LACMA is definitely the exception to the rule. Even if you don't step foot into any of the actual buildings, the grounds surrounding the museum are an excellent place for your kids to run around and tire themselves out.
|We're long time fans of the Boone Gallery, obviously.|
Metropolis II. Basically, this is a miniature city that takes up an entire gallery in the museum, with cars and trains running through it. The cars don't run all the time - only during specific times on certain days of the week - but it's definitely worth seeing when it's operating. My one disclaimer, however, is that it's really hard for little kids to understand that they can't touch the cars. They want to duck under the ropes and play with the sculpture, and it's not exactly the most relaxing thing to have the guards constantly yelling at your kid to stop touching the ropes/sculpture/whatever. I think Metropolis is really more for older kids who understand the concept of "not touching" and "art piece".