Field Trip Add-Ons
Our guided programs, performances, and exhibits offer students the unique opportunity to interact with our amazing museum educators and learn the inside story of La Brea Tar Pits.
In order to serve the most possible students with free add-on programs, we limit advanced booking to one add-on per grade level per visit.
Guided Programs are engaging, hands-on lessons designed for your students’ grade level and led by museum educators.
Free reservations available Monday - Friday mornings, from October to January; Monday - Thursday mornings in February.
Windows Into Nature
Grades Pre-K - 1 (20 - 30 minutes, indoors)
In this interactive storytelling program, students learn about the lives of Ice Age animals: their families, their habitats, and how they survived. Then, students will visit the animal from the story in one of the museum's exhibits to discover what fossils can teach us about these incredible creatures!
Grades 2 - 5 (30 - 45 minutes, indoors)
Investigate the lives of Ice Age animals by looking at the clues they left behind—their fossils! Like a paleontologist, share and discuss observations as a group and consider what ancient animals used to be like when they roamed Los Angeles. Record ideas and questions to take back to the classroom for further research and investigation.
Grades 6 - 12 (30 - 45 minutes, indoors/outdoors)
Join a museum educator on a tour inside the museum or out at the tar pits. We'll introduce your students to our world-class collection and our one of a kind excavation sites to discuss everything from geology to evolution.
Performances and Shows
ice age encounters
Free reservations available Fridays between September and June.
Grades 2 - 6 (15 - 20 minutes)
Experience a multimedia performance where we dig into the past to uncover the mysteries of some of the extinct creatures who roamed Ice Age Los Angeles over 10,000 years ago. This dynamic show features a life-size adult Saber-toothed Cat puppet, a live performance, and film projections that bring the distant past to life. Located in the Encounters Theater.
Titans of the Ice Age 2D
Free shows offered Sept. - June; free reservations required March - May. Available Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 12:30 pm.
Grades Pre-K - 12 (30 minutes)
This film experience will transport you to a world lost in time and ruled by giants. You'll encounter some of the Earth's most awe-inspiring mammals, from saber-toothed cats and dire wolves to giant sloths and iconic mammoths that lived 5,000 years before modern civilization. See how these magnificent creatures became trapped in asphalt, preserved in time, and are being unearthed today.
Special exhibits offered below are a self-guided opportunity to explore our reservation-only spaces in the museum.
Free reservations available Monday - Friday, 10 am - 11:30 am, March - May.
Grades Pre-K - 12 (30 minutes, self-guided)
Explore a historic La Brea excavation, complete with real fossils still buried in asphalt! Housed in a newly renovated mid-century building, the Observation Pit will connect students of all grades to the past, present, and future of paleontology in Los Angeles. Located in Hancock Park.
This popular exhibit has space limitations and requires this additional reservation.