This weekend we went out at the request of my son to visit the dinosaurs at the museum. Here in Southern California near USC you will find the Natural History Museum. The price of a membership is well worth it if you have more than one adult and plan on visiting more than once. Remember it is also tax deductible as a charity so I see nothing but a win-win here.
I feel this membership is worth it at the current price of $100 now in 2016 for two adults and up to four children. I went once about 5 months ago thinking my son would like it once and that would be it. Wrong! I should’ve known dinosaurs would appeal to his 3 year old heart. There was an exhibit coming out we didn’t get to catch it. After our trip he insisted he wanted to come back, I hoped he would forget about it but like all good kids he didn’t. So this next time I bought a membership as it would pay itself off in less than 3 trips if I went with my husband or 5 trips if I went alone with him.
This membership gives you access to the La Brea tar pits and William S Hart Ranch as well which seem worth it. I enjoyed visiting the La Brea tar pits as a kids and lunching there with my aunt and uncle as a teen so I look forward to sharing this experience with my kids. As our 2nd visit I thought he would be bit bored but nope we were there for about 4 hours and they had a new exhibit on spiders he couldn’t wait to see and wouldn’t stop talking about after. Another perk is that there is also a free science center within walking distance about 300 feet away.
My baby girl also enjoyed it, looking at all those animals, walking in the gardens and seeing squirrels. She enjoyed walking around and dragging herself around looking at all the kids, there are always children on field trips visiting for curious baby’s eyes. I remember coming for a college extra credit activity to see tarantulas and palm sized roaches. I recall touching those creepy buggers.
Definitely look up this museum as it is worth it for boys and girls of all ages. I love that there are always new exhibits, they vary not just limited to dinosaurs but insects and other sciences. Parking is not covered in the membership at a cost currently of $12 but it is right outside the museum in an area difficult to find parking. I can’t wait to make full use of this membership. I will be following up with a review on the William S Hart Ranch very soon.