Exploration: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Are you snoring already? With a title like that, I would be.


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History? Museum? What is this, school?


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Actually...it kinda was. Or at least it was school-esque. But in the best possible sense. Because when I went to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, I got to go with two little blondies who couldn't stop exclaiming about Little Foot and all of his friends...


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los angeles natural history museum


...or how many "crystals" and "treasures" there were in one room.




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I mean, really? Who the eff has a face that cute? It's just not fair. 

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los angeles natural history museum
We arrived at the museum in rather a rush; there was an emergency pee-pee incident, and clothing had to be changed. We were trying to make it on time for a kids' show with life-sized dinosaurs and adventures galore. After walking as rapidly as two sets of mini legs would allow, we quickly paid the entrance fee to the museum and then climbed far too many sets of stairs trying to find the hall where the show was taking place. Let's just say I'm not too good with maps. Finally, we huffed and puffed our way up the last set of stairs (it was mostly me doing the huffing and puffing, since I was carrying all of our stuff and a very solid-boned three-year-old) just as the doors were about to close. We scurried through the dark, noisy hall, which was full of various parent/nanny/child combinations and large school groups, and took our place on the floor at the back of the crowd.

The first five minutes or so of the show went by without a hitch. A girl came out, dressed in archaeologist-ish gear (a messenger bag), and started talking about using our imaginations to transport ourselves to Kentucky (or maybe Montana, whatever, like I said, I'm not very good with maps) to go dinosaur hunting. Honestly, I don't think much of the audience was paying attention; there was a steady buzz of voices and a few wails as the kids in middle of the crowd, outside of the direct supervision of their guardians (most of whom were sitting around the perimeter looking at their cell phones), started poking each other and having non-dinosaur related conversations.

Then this happened.

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It took a second to catch on, because the host-girl was pretending not to notice it was there and didn't acknowledge it. Then a little boy shouted, "LOOK OUT!", and a chorus of screams, shrieks, crying and *insert loud noise that children make here* exploded. D chimed in with a couple of warning shouts of his own, but L just stood there with large saucer eyes, one hand on my knee and the other suspended midair a couple of inches away from his body.

We moved further back.

Finally, the host turned around, nonchalantly said something along the lines of, "Oh look, a dinosaur", and then kept talking about fossils and the climate as though nothing had happened. Meanwhile, the giant fuzzy (why was it fuzzy?) dinosaur thing paced around in the background, making loud snarling and snuffling noises as it went. The crowd calmed down a bit, and I thought we were going to make it through, but then host mentioned food. This was the cue for the dinosaur to act hungry, and it started inching towards her, slowly at first and then a little faster. The crowd screamed. D jumped about a foot in the air. L started crying. We left.

As we exited through the doors and into the cool, quiet hallway, L quickly calmed down, but D insisted that we go back downstairs immediately in order to avoid running into the dinosaur anywhere else. I had them sit down next to me on the steps so I could explain that the dinosaur was just a costume with a person inside of it, walking around and making those noises into a microphone. They listened intently, asked a couple of questions, and seemed to believe me (D still wanted to go back downstairs without looking at any of the other exhibits on that level).

Thankfully, the rest of our time at the museum was less eventful. Besides the aforementioned bones and rocks, we learned about which animals live(d) in different areas of the world and played around with various interactive exhibits. The museum is super kid friendly, and I got to put my limited knowledge about natural history to use (otherwise known as reading the display information out loud). It was really fun, and the best part was that the boys were so into it. I don't recall ever being as excited as they were about taxiderm-ized animals and insects trapped in stones. At the risk of sounding corny, it reminded me that learning of any kind can be enjoyable, even if it's not necessarily about a topic you would normally find interesting.
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You guys! It's a real, live (well okay, not live, but you know what I mean) honey badger!


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los angeles natural history museum

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los angeles natural history museum
I thought this was so morbidly cute...poor dead little coyote cubs.
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los angeles natural history museum
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That little brown-haired boy in the middle made friends with D in one part of the museum and then spent the next twenty minutes insisting to his father that they go wherever we go. Super cute. 
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los angeles natural history museum

los angeles natural history museum

We finished up the day with some lunch and a pee-free car ride home. All in all, it was a very successful day. It's so cool to be able to visit all of these places in Los Angeles that I probably wouldn't even think to put on my list if I wasn't a nanny. I keep thinking about how lucky I am to be able to spend my workdays exploring parks and going on field trips. Livin' the good life. 

That's all for now! Happy day before TGIF!


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