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Immersive Experiences in Los Angeles

By now you may have noticed the billboards and advertisements around Los Angeles. The popularity of Immersive Experiences just keeps growing! And since there are so many different events to choose from, you’re bound to find one – or most likely, more than one – that your family can agree on seeing. 

What is an Immersive Experience?

The idea of an immersive experience is that you’re surrounded by images and sounds of the experience theme you’ve chosen. Some are based on famous painters, and the rooms are filled with projections of their art, oversized and all around you as you walk throughout. Sound designers have also collaborated, so that more of your senses will be filled during the experience.

Part of what makes the experience unique is the fact that they’re usually set in an enormous space, sometimes in a warehouse, so that the size can really make an impact. And that also helps with social distancing and keeping the crowds smaller.

Are Immersive Events Family Friendly?

Most immersive experiences are family friendly. However, not every child will enjoy being inside a space that’s filled with images and sounds, so in that case the experience may not be as enjoyable for your family. You know your children best, so read the descriptions below before deciding if you want to buy tickets.

Some immersive experience themes are more family-friendly than others; for example, we think the Dinos Alive experience in our list is likely to be a big hit with most kids, whereas the Monet exhibit may not appeal to some kids. The Dinos Alive Immersive Experience even includes an interactive section, meant for kids. Certainly there are some immersive experiences meant for adults, but all the experiences on this list are family friendly.

Most immersive experiences don’t require walking for too long, which helps make it more fun for a family, especially with toddlers, who aren’t up for a lot of walking. However, there are rules about not running around within the experience, which may be a challenge for some kids, so bear that in mind.

Mom and Son viewing the sunflowers at the Immersive Van Gogh experience
Mom and Son viewing the sunflowers at the Immersive Van Gogh experience, photo courtesy of Paul Kennar

Immersive Experiences in Southern California

Claude Monet: The Immersive Experience
1345 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello, CA

Families can experience Claude Monet: The Immersive Experience now through Tuesday, January 18th.This special event is a “20,000 square foot light and sound spectacular featuring two-story projections of the artist’s most compelling works.” This is a whole new way to immerse yourself in Monet’s masterpieces which includes a 360-degree, digital show; sound effects; projection mapping; and more. An optional Virtual Reality component is also available as an add-on. Tickets are available online. 

Dinos Alive: Immersive Experience
1345 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello, CA 

If you have dinosaur fans in the family, you have to make plans to experience Dinos Alive: An Immersive Experience. As you wander through, you’ll “meet over 80 life-sized specimens from both famous and lesser-known species such as the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, and Suchomimus.” The decorated venue and VR technology will have you feeling as if you’ve stepped back in time millions of years. There is also a special interactive space for children, “where they can become paleontologists and even tame some of the most iconic dinosaurs.” Tickets are available online for dates through Sunday, February 6th. (Children under 3 do not need a ticket.) 

Mom and son viewing the portraits section on the Immersive Van Gogh experience
Mom and son viewing the portraits section on the Immersive Van Gogh experience, photo courtesy of Paul Kennar

Flutter
217 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 

Flutter is a one-of-a-kind experience, an “interactive experience that will uplift your soul and allow you to interact with art like never before.” The 90-minute private guided tour features 13 “flutterspaces” designed to “stimulate your senses and make your heart flutter.” It’s fun for all ages. Tickets are available for dates now through Sunday, February 27th, 2022. In addition, a portion of the proceeds benefit Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation’s youth mental wellness programs. 

Frida: Immersive Dream
6400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

You may be familiar with Frida Kahlo, but Frida: Immersive Dream allows families to experience and be a part of her art in a whole new way. “She overcame pain and adversity through self-expression – turning her life into art.” The immersive experience features 500,000 cubic feet of art and is created by the same team who brought us Immersive Van Gogh. “The mesmerizing, large-scale projections, accompanied by a ravishing musical score, will sweep you up as you encounter Frida as never before.” You can already pre-purchase tickets online – the exhibit opens Thursday, March 31st and continues through Saturday, June 11th, 2022. 

Starry Night section of Immersive Van Gogh experience
Starry Night section of Immersive Van Gogh experience, photo courtesy of Paul Kennar

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit
6400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

The popular Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, located in the heart of Hollywood in the former Amoeba Music store, features a “25,000 square foot exhibit space where the art of Vincent van Gogh will come to life around you.” Tickets are available online for dates through March 20th, 2022.

Klimt: The Immersive Experience
1345 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello, CA

“Enter the colorful pallet of Gustav Klimt. Step into a wonderland of moving paintings and be amazed by the golden era of modernism.” This 20,000-square foot light and sound show allows guests to experience Klimt’s artwork in a full 360-degree experience. There are also separate galleries that “chronicle his life, technique, and influence through informative panels, larger than life re-creations and engaging interactives.” Tickets are available online for dates through Thursday, February 17th. 

Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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