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10 Educational Spots in Los Angeles to Visit During Spring Break

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A whole week off school!  For many families, spring break is a nice break from the frenzied morning rush to get to school on time and the frenzied evening rush to get everything done before you go to bed and repeat the process all over again.

But then reality hits.  A whole week off school!  What will we do?  How will we keep our kids occupied?  Thankfully, we live in Los Angeles and are surrounded by educational and enjoyable places to go. Here is a list of 10 educational destination spots to visit during spring break:

Exposition Park.  Adjacent to the University of Southern California (USC), you will find the Natural History Museum, the California Science Center and the space shuttle Endeavour, and the California African-American Museum.  It’s really too much to do in one day.

Museum Row on the Miracle Mile.  The museums are all within walking distance of each other on Wilshire Boulevard between LaBrea and Fairfax.  On this street, you will find the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Petersen Automative Museum, the Page Museum, and the La Brea Tar Pits.

Griffith Park.  Here in one of the largest urban parks in the United States, you will find the Autry National Center (great for kids studying about early California history), the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Griffith Observatory.

Griffith Observatory: Photo by Yvonne Condes

Museum of Tolerance.  The Museum of Tolerance is designed to examine worldwide prejudice, discrimination, and racism with a focus on the Holocaust.

The Getty Center and The Getty Villa.  At the Getty Center, visitors will find European paintings and sculptures as well as the impressive Central Garden.  At the Getty Villa marvel at art from the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Downtown Los Angeles.  Among the many sites to see located in downtown L.A. are:  the Central Library, Olvera Street (known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles”), and the Japanese-American National Museum.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.  Heal the Bay operates a public marine-education center.  Here you will find more than 100 species of marine animals and plants, all of which are found in the Santa Monica Bay.

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.  In one beautiful setting, families can view rare books and manuscripts, great works of art including Pinkie  and Blue Boy, and 207 acres of gardens.

Aquarium of the Pacific (photo by Yvonne Condes)

Aquarium of the Pacific.  Located in Long Beach, this aquarium boasts 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits.  The Aquarium brings the wonder of the Pacific Ocean to all visitors with their indoor and outdoor exhibits.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library (in Simi Valley) and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (in Yorba Linda).  Both locations offer special exhibits and the opportunity to learn more about these two presidents.  The Reagan Library includes Air Force One and a piece of the Berlin Wall, while The Nixon Library includes President Nixon’s helicopter, Army One, and his birthplace.

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