On the last Friday of our vacation we wanted to do one more fun adventure. We were trying to figure out where we should go when Phi walked into our room and said "I feel like going to an art museum". Well you don't have to ask us twice when it comes to art museums so we decided to use the kids NextGen cards at LACMA.
The NextGen cards are such an awesome deal. You can enroll your kids with a simple on-line form and they send you a card for each child. Each card gets in 1 child and 1 adult into LACMA for free. All the time. You can enroll here. Of you still have to pay for parking ($12.00) but entrance to the museum was free.
Before heading into the galleries we did a short walk around the La Brea Tar Pits park.
And we walked over to see this amazing art installation called "Levitated Mass" by artist Michael Heizer. The installation is a 456 foot long concrete walkway that dips. And at the lowest part of the dip above is a 340 TON granite megalith.
Moving the giant rock was an 11 day event. It traveled over 100 miles to get to LACMA.
Walking under the massive boulder is quite the experience. The girls loved it.
Of course a trip to LACMA is not complete without a picture inside of "Urban Lights" by Chris Burden.
Of course the kids were a big fan of "Penetrable" by Venezuelan artist Jesus Rafael Soto.
We wandered the galleries with the Latin American gallery being my favorite.
These kids and their maps. Just like their Father.
I really loved this big bright piece called "La Gerbe" which was Matisse's last commissioned work.
Louie not so much.
And this tiny piece is the reason I go to LACMA. "Weeping Coconuts" by Frida Kahlo. Done in 1951 this is one of my favorites. I could stare at her work for hours. I love to look at the brush strokes.
We got to introduce the kids to some awesome pop art like Warhol and Lichenstein.
After our time at the museum we headed over to The Grove. We let the girls roam the American Girl doll store.
And take a ride on the trolley.
We ended our LA adventure in Alhambra and had dinner at Noodle World with cousin Amorette.
A great way to wind down our summer vacation.