Family and Fun at LACMA

Kid-friendly exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

By Kelly Anne Imaizumi
Published on LatinoLA: February 15, 2013

Family and Fun at LACMA

Attention parents looking for activities to do with your children, you will be sorprendidos to find that a trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a kid-friendly place to visit. All the installations at the museum are worth checking out and some just might bring out the ni??o in you! Here are a few:

Urban Light by artist Chris Burden is a display of over two hundred restored cast iron street lamps. The lamps can be found in the BP Pavillion where they light up Wilshire Blvd. from dusk until 10 pm each evening. They are also eco-friendly; powered only by solar energy. Children will enjoy walking through the "forest" of lamps or they could be inspired to play a game of tag underneath the warm glow of the lamps.

Metropolis II, is a recreation of a city also from Chris Burden. Kids will delight in watching its streets come to life. Constructed around the various buildings and skyscrapers are pathways resembling freeways that intertwine throughout the city. Friday through Sunday the construct is turned on where 1,100 toy cars are sent through the tracks kinetically. With cars whizzing and whirring about you and your family will see how a 21st century city behaves.

After witnessing the hustle and bustle of the city take a walk to Richard Serra's steel construct located just outside of Burden's city. The sculpture resembles a giant piece of ribbon. As you walk through, engage in the experience of being enveloped by the band of steel.

Next, go see artist Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass, a boulder so large that it took him years to construct it. The megalith is 340-tons and set in a 456-foot long slot that you can walk through. It is the perfect backdrop for a photo with the fam.

Finally, visit Jes??s Rafael Soto's Penetrable in Neon Lime (pictured), located across from the Ahmason building, it is a temporary exhibit that is a must see. It is made entirely of yellow rubber tubing that is hung from a metal frame. Kids are invited to walk through what looks like strands and strands of spaghetti!

When you arrive be sure to visit the LACMA box office. A NEXTGEN pass provides free general admission to those 17 years of age and under and one other adult. Admission also includes access to permanent collection galleries and some special exhibits.

Located at:
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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