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Family Fun at L.A.’s Exposition Park

by Eugenia Lazaris

Mar 24, 2019

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Exposition Park is one of those rarities in Los Angeles — a place full of free ways to entertain the whole family! Families looking to explore L.A. without breaking the bank should spend a day here to see some of the best family fun the city has to offer.


Whether looking for a relaxing place to enjoy the great Southern California sunshine or for a fascinating museum to entertain and educate the family, Exposition Park is the place to find what you are looking for.


The 160-acre area, located just south of Downtown L.A., was once a privately owned racetrack and fairgrounds. In 1913, the grounds became a place for the local community to enjoy the beauty and cultural heritage of the city. Today, it is home to museums, sports arenas and beautiful gardens, making sure you have plenty of choices.


The California Science Center mixes entertainment with education through its interactive exhibits designed for kids of all ages. In addition to temporary exhibits like “Dogs! A Science Tail,” opening March 16, the museum is home to numerous permanent exhibits that showcase learning and promote curiosity and exploration. While entrance to the museum and most of its exhibits is free, there are some features, such as the Space Shuttle Endeavor and the IMAX theater, which require a paid admission ticket.


The California African American Museum is also free to explore. The museum, which focuses on the cultural heritage and history of African Americans in California and the Pacific regions of America, has exhibits featuring artwork and history, educational programs and workshops, along with concerts and performances throughout the year.


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County focuses on nature, both past and present. The museum’s fascinating exhibits include specimens dating back 4.5 billion years and range from insects and birds to mammals and dinosaurs.


Once you’ve had your fill of the indoors and want to get some fresh air, head outside to the City of Los Angeles Rose Garden, a beautifully landscaped garden filled with flowers, fountains and outdoor sculptures. The garden is a great place for a stroll and ideal for enjoying an afternoon picnic with the family.


While the museums and gardens of Exposition Park are free for everyone to enjoy, there are few paid events as well. Home to the Los Angeles Football Club, the Banc of California Stadium hosts Major League Soccer games and concerts. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, used in both the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, hosts football games (it is the home stadium for the USC Trojans and the temporary home for the Los Angeles Rams), along with concerts and events.


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