Kids Activities in View Park-Windsor Hills

Paint Your Own Pottery for Two or Four at Color Me Mine (Up to 52% Off)

Color Me Mine

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Choose from a bounty of dishes, figurines, and other ceramic creations to paint in vibrant colors, then hand off to staff to glaze and fire

Ivan Amodei's "Intimate Illusions" at Beverly Wilshire (Up to 59% Off). Ten Showtimes Available.

Intimate Illusions

Beverly Wilshire Hotel

$73 $30

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Award-winning magician dazzles with carefully wrought illusions and witty banter, accompanied by a live cellist

Four Children's Development or Music Classes, or Mobile Music Party from Wondertree Kids (Up to 60% Off)

Wondertree Kids

El Segundo

$104 $49

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Developmental classes combine fun activities with stimulating exercises to stimulate cognitive skills

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$50 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Zimmer Children's Museum Visit for Two Adults and Two or Three Children (Up to 49% Off)

Zimmer Children's Museum

Mid-Wilshire

$28 $15

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Two floors house 10+ interactive art and science exhibits and programs such as sing-alongs and art time, all geared toward kids ages 0–8

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($ 129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Standup-Paddleboarding Lessons or Four-Hour Rental for One or Two at Venice Beach Surf School (Up to 83% Off)

Venice Beach Surf School

Venice Beach Surf School

$160 $49

Instructor with more than 25 years slicing waves teaches students to master the same

5 or 10 Open-Play Sessions at The Awesome Playground (Up to 56% Off)

The Awesome Playground

Highland Park

$40 $20

Sock-adorned kids traipse through indoor play equipment for endless fun

120-Minute Painting Class from Art of Bella (44% Off)

Art Of Bella Studio

Mid-Wilshire

$45 $25

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One, Three, or Six 30-Minute Piano Lessons at Piano Studies LA (Up to 55% Off)

Piano Studies LA

Hollywood

$40 $20

Each lesson covers both technical and musical aspects of piano-playing, focusing on the student's choice of classical or popular songs

Family or Individual Travel Town Museum Foundation Membership (Up to 50% Off)

Travel Town Museum Foundation

Los Angeles

$60 $30

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Support educational outreach and restoration programs with a year of gift shop discounts, admission to members-only events, and souvenirs

One-Year Individual or Family/Dual Membership to the Chinese American Museum (Up to 56% Off)

Chinese American Museum

Chinatown

$50 $22

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In its 10th year, CAM's current exhibits include L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, documenting Chinese immigration to the States

$38 for $85 Toward one hour guitar lesson (with extra 15 minute "how to practice" coaching session)

Zotzinmusic

Atwater Village

$85 $38

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Admission for Two or Four with $10 or $20 Off at Gift Shop at The Museum of Contemporary Art (56% Off)

The Museum of Contemporary Art ( moca )

Downtown Los Angeles

$34 $15

Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other visual masters star in permanent collection at museum filled with post-1940 art

Two or Four Tickets to GRAMMY Museum (Up to 50% Off)

GRAMMY Museum

Downtown Los Angeles

$25.90 $13

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Donna Summer and the greats of 1960s Los Angeles are the centerpiece of this summer's exhibitions at the GRAMMY Museum

One- or Two-Month Free Bird Membership or Three-Month Open-Play Membership at Pamper and Play (Up to 66% Off)

Pamper and Play

West Los Angeles

$69 $30

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Indoor play center offers parents playtime for kids; activities include a bubble machine and mini trampoline plus toys and games

Two-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental, or One or Three Lessons from Paddle Surf LA (Up to 65% Off)

Paddle Surf LA

Paddle Surf LA

$60 $26

Learn how to navigate the waters of Marina Del Rey while paddling sturdy longboards

One-Day Afterschool Robotics Workshop for One or Two Children at Rolling Robots (42% Off)

Rolling Robots

Multiple Locations

$50 $29

After school, children learn to design, program, and create robots during a 1 hour lesson, followed by 90 minutes of open build time

Four or Eight Private Guitar Lessons at Westwood Carnaval Music School (Up to 52% Off)

Westwood Carnaval Music School

UCLA

$160 $79

Instructors teach students basic or more advanced guitar skills during private lessons

$38 for $75 Toward piano, violin, voice, music production, or acting lessons

Renacer Entertainment Music Lessons & Performance Coaching

North Hollywood

$75 $38

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$149 for $298 Groupon — LA Voice & Music

La Voice & Music

Crenshaw

$298 $149

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5 or 10 Open-Play Visits at Under the Sea Indoor Playground (Up to 55% Off)

Under the Sea Indoor Playground

Multiple Locations

$55 $27

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Imagination and energy run wild as kids traipse through climbing structures and turbo slides surrounded by colorful ocean-themed murals

$29 for Three Months of 3D Guitar Lessons Online from iPerform 3D Online Guitar Lessons ($168.85 Value)

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

Single-Day Admission or Membership to Museum of Tolerance (Up to 56% Off). Five Options Available.

Museum of Tolerance

Beverlywood

$31 $17

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Interactive exhibits on the Holocaust and contemporary human-rights violations illustrate the consequences of intolerance

One or Three One-Hour In-Home Guitar Lessons from Craig's Guitar Lessons (Up to 56% Off)

Craig's Guitar Lessons

Redeem from Home

$60 $29

Guitarist of 25+ years tailors lessons to each student's interests, such as learning lead-guitar techniques or their favorite songs

$25 for Two Groupons, Each Good for 120 Tokens During One Arcade Visit at Family Arcade (43% Off)

Family Arcade

East Hollywood / Los Feliz

$22 $12.50

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More than 200 arcade classics like basketball shooters, air hockey, fighting games and first person shooter games fill this amusement center

Two or Five 30-Minute Private Guitar Lessons from Los Angeles Guitar Instruction (Up to 63% Off)

Los Angeles Guitar Instruction

On Location

$120 $45

Guitarist with 17 years of experience and two albums teaches students of all ages and skill levels

$21 for $38 Worth of Music Lessons — Rock Stars Of Tomorrow

Rock Stars Of Tomorrow

Redeem from Home

$38 $21

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$20 for $50 Worth of Music Lessons — Daniel Amalm Guitar Tuition

Daniel Amalm

Los Angeles

$50 $20

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$30 for $60 Toward One Hour Guitar Lesson — Janet Robin Guitar Lessons

Janet Robin Guitar Lessons

Redeem from Home

$60 $30

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Three or Five One-Hour At-Home Kids' Music Lessons from Seth Jeremy Productions (Up to 58% Off)

Seth Jeremy Productions

Redeem from Home

$210 $89

In the comfort of home, kids study a choice of piano, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, music production, composition, theory, or voice

Two 30- or 60-Minute Onsite Music or Voice Lessons at Right Start Music (Up to 65% Off)

Right Start Music

On Location

$80 $29

Instructors who specialize in teaching beginners travel to teach onsite lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums, or flute

Open Play, One-Month Membership, or Birthday Party at We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym (Up to 50% Off)

We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym

Tarzana

$50 $30

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At an indoor playground/sensory gym with trampolines, climbing structures & zipline, kids across the autism spectrum socialize and have fun

$77 for $140 Worth of Sports Camp — Active Kidz Camp

Active Kidz Camp

Los Angeles

$140 $77

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Haunted-Maze and Petting-Zoo Visit for Four, Six, or Eight at Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch (Up to 66% Off)

Toluca Lake Pumpkin Festival

Valley Village

$44 $20

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Maze populated with inanimate monsters; sheep, goats, and rabbits in petting zoo

$36 for $80 Worth of Music Lessons — Music Lessons & Performance Coaching

Music Lessons & Performance Coaching

North Hollywood

$80 $36

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$44 for a Racing Package with Four Races and Two Yearly Licenses at K1 Speed (Up to $91.96 Value)

K1 Speed

Multiple Locations

$91.96 $44

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Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

Two 1-Hour Jump Passes including SkySocks or Jump Around Party Package For Up to 10 at Sky Zone (Up to 44% Off)

Sky Zone

Torrance

$32 $18

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Bounce on a massive sea of connected trampolines and angled wall trampolines with Sky Slam, Foam Zone and Ultimate Dodgeball

Standup-Paddleboard Rental or Lesson for One, Two, or Four at Malibu Paddle Surf in Santa Monica (Up to 65% Off)

Malibu Paddle Surf

Ocean Park

$60 $30

Instructor with more than 30 years of experience; equipment provided

Three or Six Music and Spanish Classes for Ages 8 Months to 3 Years and Parents at Baila Baila (Up to 52% Off)

Baila Baila

Santa Monica

$66 $33

Fun songs, dancing, and graphics introduce toddlers and parents to the Spanish language

Museum Visit for Two Adults or Seniors, or Two Adults and Two Children at Museum of Flying (Up to Half Off)

Museum of Flying

Santa Monica

$20 $10

Nearly two dozen planes chronicle aviation from the Wright brothers through the jet age, with emphasis on the Douglas Aircraft Company

One-Year Individual, Partner, or Family Membership at Santa Monica Museum of Art (Up to 58% Off)

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Santa Monica

$55 $25

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One year of museum admission and events such as members' previews, book-club meetings, and workshops

Admission for Two or Four to Santa Monica History Museum (50% Off)

Santa Monica History Museum

Downtown Santa Monica

$10 $5

Visitors can wander through a replica of a Douglas aircraft or digitally insert their photos onto historical front-page newspaper stories

Four or Eight Piano or Keyboard Lessons at The Piano Studio (Up to 59% Off)

The Piano Studio

Pacific Palisades

$179 $79

The Simply Music program of piano instruction helps new pianists build repertoire and skill sets in classical, blues, and contemporary

Two Sunset Crusies or Two Group or Private Standup-Paddleboard Lessons from Pro SUP Shop (50% Off)

Pro SUP Shop

Marina Del Ray

$70 $35

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Pros teach the basics of standup paddleboarding; sunset cruises allow paddlers to view wildlife in calm ocean waters

Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental at Phins Water Sports Club (50% Off)

Phins Water Sports Club

Marina Del Ray

$60 $30

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Paddlers launch from Marina del Rey for a fun workout while taking in ocean sights

60- or 30-Minute Batting Cage Sessions at Sluggers Batting Cages (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Sluggers Batting Cages

South Gate

$25 $15

Batters work on their swing and at-plate swagger in individual batting cages surrounded with protective fencing top to bottom

$20 for $35 Worth of Music Lessons — Bellamusic

Bellamusic

Bell

$35 $20

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$165 for $300 Worth of Moonwalk Rental — G & G Movie Screens

G & G Movie Screens

Bell

$300 $165

Backyard movie night! Outdoor screen package includes: 12-foot screen, HD projector, 2500-watt powered speaker.

90-Minute SUP Lesson Package for 1 or 2 or Birthday-Party Package for Up to 10 at Paddle House (Up to 67% Off)

Paddle House

Redondo Beach

$90 $45

Guests learn the basics of easy-to-master standup paddleboards, enjoying a yoga lesson or party that lets them revel on a yacht post paddle

Two Games of Bowling with Rental Shoes for Four, Six, or Eight at Palos Verdes Bowl (Up to 53% Off)

Palos Verdes Bowl

Torrance

$56 $32

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Groups don rented shoes to toss bowling balls down their choice of 40 lanes; lounge with green-screen karaoke

Five or Ten All-Day Play Passes or Birthday Party for Up to 20 Kids at We Rock The Spectrum Glendale LLC (Up to 51% Off)

We Rock The Spectrum Glendale LLC

Pacific - Edison

$50 $25

At an indoor playground/sensory gym with trampolines, climbing structures, & zipline, kids across the autism spectrum socialize and have fun

$55 for $100 Groupon — The Eversole Studio

The Eversole Studio

Verdugo Woodlands

$100 $55

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Two-Hour Wristband for One or Two at Go Kart World (28% Off)

Go Kart World

Carson

$40 $29

Six go-kart tracks entice families and celebrities alike with sprint-car and euro-car racing

One-Hour Indoor Trampoline Session for Three or Four at Sky Zone (Up to 50% Off)

Sky Zone Van Nuys

Multiple Locations

$48 $24

Relieve your family's back-to-school stress by sending your kids to jump on wall-to-wall trampolines

$30 for $55 Worth of Sports Camp — CardioBody Fitness

Cardiobody Fitness

Valley Village

$55 $30

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Martial Arts History Museum Visit for Two or Four, or One Individual Membership (Up to 62% Off)

Martial Arts History Museum

Burbank

$20 $9

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Exhibits explore martial arts' role in the history of Asian countries and their influence on American pop culture

Two or Four Music Lessons or a Toddler Rock Course for One or Two at Neighborhood Rock School (Up to 59% Off)

Neighborhood Rock School

Burbank

$60 $29

Specialists instruct students of all ability levels in playing the guitaor, drums, bass, piano, or violin, or using their voice

$46 for Four 16-Lap Go-Kart Races at Racer's Edge Indoor Karting ($92 Value)

Racer's Edge Indoor Karting

Burbank

$92 $46

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Electric Sodi go-karts zip around a 2.5-mile, 16-lap race

Ice Skating and Skate Rental for Two, Four, or Six at Palos Verdes Ice Chalet (Up to 50% Off)

Palos Verdes Ice Chalet

Palos Verdes Peninsula

$20 $10

Ice rink opens doors during daily public-skating sessions, when energizing music blasts from the speakers to score treks around the arena

One-Month Indoor Playground Pass for One or Two Children at Twinkle Twinkle Kids' Café (Up to 51% Off)

Twinkle Twinkle Kids' Café

Lomita

$50 $25

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Kids up to 7 years old or 4 feet tall play on the safe, clean indoor playground featuring tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate toys

Admission with Pony, Train, and Merry-Go-Round Rides for Two or Four at Montebello Barnyard Zoo (Up to 50%)

Montebello Barnyard Zoo

Montebello

$28 $15

A rustic farm setting features pony rides, a merry-go-round, and up-close interactions with zebras, llamas, cows, and various farm animals

Up to 58% Off Batting Cage — All-Star Baseball School

All-Star Baseball School

South Pasadena

$60 $25

Equipped with rental bats and helmets, guests hit line drives in cages and depart with chewing gum, baseball cards, and instructional DVDs

Four or Eight 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Vez Guitar Academy (Up to 68% Off)

Vez Guitar Academy

Alhambra

$100 $35

Instructor with more than three decades of experience tailors half-hour guitar lessons to students' preferences

Four or Eight Guitar Lessons (Up to 65% Off)

Guitar Lessons with Angelo

Alhambra

$100 $45

Learn how to play the guitar with an instructor whose been teaching blues, rock, pop, finger-style, and swing jazz for nine years

Two Hours of Bowling for Two or Four at Cal Bowl (Up to 59% Off). Four Options Available.

Cal Bowl

Lakewood

$61 $25

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Challenge a friend or a group to friendly games of bowling as you compete for points and strikes

Ice Skating for Two or Four with Skate Rental at The Rinks (Half Off)

The Rinks

Multiple Locations

$24 $12

Lace up ice skates and enjoy open-skate sessions on Olympic rink

Petting Zoo, Pony Ride, and Two-Hour Bounce House Admission for 2 or 4 at Pasadena Pumpkin Patch (Up to 51% Off)

Pasadena Pumpkin Patch

Pasadena

$48 $24

Kids can leap in a bounce house, ride a live pony, or pet farm animals such as ducks and pigs at a seasonal pumpkin patch

Membership Package with Classes and Open Play for One or Two Kids at My Gym Children's Fitness Center (Up to 71% Off)

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Pasadena

$154 $45

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Kids aged 0–13 romp and socialize throughout four weeks of classes and free-play sessions

Four, Six, or Eight 30-Minute Music Lessons at Allen School of Music (Up to 56% Off)

Allen School of Music

West Central

$100 $49

30-minute private music lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, brass, and songwriting

Five Open Play Sessions, One-Month Membership, or Birthday Party at We Rock the Spectrum (Up to 50% Off)

We Rock the Spectrum

Pasadena

$50 $30

Inclusive, nurturing play environment encourages all children to explore, socialize, and have fun

Visit for Two or Four or Membership to Pasadena Museum of California Art (Up to Half Off)

Pasadena Museum of California Art

West Central

$50 $25

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Art museum features modern design, textiles, woodblock prints, and sculptures created by California artists

One or Three Months of Open Play and Classes at Magical Playground (51% Off)

Magical Playground

Multiple Locations

$75 $37

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Jungle gym, castle bouncer, and air-hockey games amuse kids during open play; arts and crafts and basic Spanish classes expand kids' minds

One 60-Minute Batting Cage Session or Three or Five 30-Minute Sessions at On Deck Batting Cages (Up to 59% Off)

On Deck Batting Cages

Signal Hill

$30 $15

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Players refine their swing in one of 14 batting cages equipped with baseball and softball pitching machines by Jugs and Home Plate

Indoor-Playground Visits or a Party Package at Caterpillar Kids Place (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Caterpillar Kids Place

La Canada Flintridge

$60 $32

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Eco-friendly play place entertains kids with crafts, music, and a bounce house, while onsite lounge relaxes parents with WiFi and coffee

$12 for $20 Worth of Batting Practice — The Armory Softball Training Facility

The Armory Softball Training Facility

Northwest San Pedro

$20 $12

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Standup-Paddleboarding Lesson for One or Two with Equipment from Captain Kirk's (Up to Half Off)

Captain Kirk's

Captain Kirk's Kiteboarding

$69 $35

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Seasoned instructors teach small groups how to balance atop boards and catch waves during 90-minute classes with all gear provided

"Diana: Legacy of a Princess" Exhibit for One or Two at Queen Mary Events (Up to 50% Off)

Queen Mary Events

Long Beach

$27.95 $14

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Explore a collection of Princess Diana’s gowns, letters, and other artifacts along with royal-family history aboard The Queen Mary

Unlimited Rides for One or Two at Pa's Pumpkin Patch (Up to 75% Off)

Pa's Pumpkin Patch

Marina Pacifica

$120 $30

Rides include kiddie roller coaster, bounce house, and pony rides, as well as a petting zoo

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When animals are rescued from dangerous living situations or seized from the hands of smugglers, STAR Eco Station provides second chances at peaceful lives. The facility offers a haven for more than 200 rescued animals and educates the public as an environmental science museum. During public tours, guides lead guests through exhibits of rescued exotic animals, such as parrots, pythons, and wildcats, while explaining the habits, history, and New Year's resolutions of each creature.

The recipient of multiple awards from media and government agencies, STAR Eco Station also provides educational outreach programs to more than 40 California school districts and works in concert with conservation organizations such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Paw Project, and Heal the Bay.

10101 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City,
CA
US

The squash-savvy staff at Shawn's Pumpkin Patch flaunts a cornucopia of variously sized pumpkins to adorn fall festivities. Against a rustic backdrop of straw bales and cornstalks, pyramids of gigantic, medium, small, and mini pumpkins ($1–$80) sit ready to be taken home and carved to mimic the visage of a zombie or a beloved imaginary friend. Although not included in today's Groupon, Shawn's Pumpkin Patch also hosts pony rides, mini-train trips, and a petting zoo ($3–$6/person).

5750 Mesmer Ave
Culver City,
CA
US

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

There’s almost no way to prepare for what lies within the miniature halls of The Museum of Jurassic Technology. The museum’s stated mission is “the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic.” While intriguing, this doesn’t necessarily help to clarify matters. For further elucidation, you can turn to the New York Times, which describes the museum as a place where “some things are invented but seem true [and] others are true but seem invented." The museum’s collection is the definition of eclectic. It includes sculptures mounted on the head of a needle, early 20th-century machines that may or may not be magical, and a fossilized horn that purportedly grew from a woman's head. If that’s not enough to pique your interest, there’s a set of early 20th-century letters mysteriously sent to astronomers at the Mount Wilson Observatory and portraits of Russian cosmonaut dogs from the 1950s. BBC Travel appropriately describes this series of bizarre exhibits as something like a “collaboration between Dave Eggers and David Lynch."

9341 Venice Blvd
Culver City,
CA
US

The Paley Center for Media's international collection is like a window into broadcasting's past. Nearly 150,000 radio and television programs chronicle political and cultural history from the last 100 years, dating back to when Marconi first invented the radio and, as a by-product, listening. At locations in Los Angeles and New York City, curators help visitors browse through these documentaries, public affairs programs, and commercials. They also host special events, in which media leaders interact with the public first hand. Since 1984, the annual Paleyfest has welcomed panels with the creators, writers, and cast behind some of media's most influential programs. Attendees have gained insights into shows such as 30 Rock, True Blood, and Modern Family. In more recent years, the Paley Center has started examining the significance of new media on the internet.

465 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills,
CA
US

Amid the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard stand two monuments to the silver screen. One, the TCL Chinese Theatre, oozes with history— imported Chinese stone lions, a 90-foot-tall copper roof, and concrete blocks that bear the handprints of Hollywood luminaries from years gone by each memorialize the celebrated role the building has played in Hollywood for more than eight decades.

Next door, Chinese 6 Theatres is a tribute to the cutting-edge. Six theaters, some with 3D capability, immerse viewers in ultra-realistic picture and sound better than sitting inside Steven Spielberg's android brain. Beyond the plush theater seating, a bar slings cocktails for in-movie sipping and a restaurant serves a full menu for cravings after the show. The service schedule varies for the bar and the restaurant but both will be open during Summer 2013. Whether they opt for the historic cinema or the ultramodern theater, visitors can catch a full slate of acclaimed new releases on their chosen big screen.

The storied history of TCL Chinese Theatre rivals those of the more than 200 celebrities whose handprints, footprints, and autographs are cemented into the theater's forecourt. Erected in 1927 and declared a historical and cultural landmark in 1968, the iconic theater stages movie screenings, premieres, events, and red-carpet ceremonies. Today, moviegoers walking through the theater's main courtyard can revel in the same opulence of those 1920s screen idols, craning their necks upward to take in the looming pagoda that frames the entrance. Inside, the theater's original 1927 screen towers high above the plush red-velvet seats, surrounded by wooden panels that rise to a ceiling with flowing Chinese-style drawings. This classic Hollywood setting is one of the reasons why the theater, in an echo of its origins, hosts celebrity-studded premieres, such as the 2012 opening for Life of Pi and the 2013 opening for Beautiful Creatures.

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Petroleum mogul Dr. Armand Hammer clung to life just long enough to see The Hammer Museum make its debut in 1990, passing away three weeks later. Without the founder’s support, construction screeched to a halt and spaces sat in varying states of completion. But not for long. The powers that be at UCLA saw Hammer’s vision, and took control of the abandoned museum in 1994. They restored it to its former glory by importing the university’s own collections and staff. Today, The Hammer’s unique compendium of works still hints at the unlikely collaboration that bore the museum all those years ago. Its stockpile of masterpieces explores the modern-day in a contemporary collection of mostly drawings and photographs. Richard Hawkins’ disembodied zombie george green might best embody current artistic trends; his expressionless eyes stare from a yellow backdrop, the handiwork of an undead inkjet printer. Meanwhile, the Armand Hammer Collection, left behind by the museum’s namesake, balances george and other outlandish works with 19th-century art by Degas, Cézanne, and van Gogh. It’s virtually impossible to predict whether rotating exhibits will land in classic or contemporary camps. They range from performance art installations—Floor of the Forest depicts two dancers moving through hanging jumbles of used clothing and ropes—to sculptures, paintings, and drawings. To cultivate better artistic understanding, the Hammer Museum hosts events including lunchtime art talks, tours, and screenings.

10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US