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Zimmer Children’s Museum
The address for this museum is 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100 in Los Angeles. The facility is located on the lobby level of The Goldsmith Jewish Federation Center. Parking is available for free in the visitor’s lot just west of the building. The admission cost is as follows: Adults $8, Children (ages 2-12) $5 and Children under age 2 are free. Grandparents are admitted for free when accompanied by a grandchild. Here are the hours for the museum: Wednesdays 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: 12:30 pm - 5 pm and Fridays 1o am - 12:30 pm. The museum is closed Monday and Saturday and on most Jewish and national holidays.
This museum is not large and mainly designed for children ages 6 and younger. There are many exhibits to choose from for various age groups. There are also family programs with art projects related to the seasons and holidays, scavenger hunts, theatre games, singing and more. The Sunday Family Programs are and additional $3 for non-members and free for museum members. There is also an open art studio on Tuesday afternoons and a weekly story time on Wednesdays at 11 am.
Our visits to this museum have been a lot of fun for the kids but beware that it can get very crowded. They had a good time exploring all of the exhibits! Some of the highlights include:
Discovery Airplane: There is a big plane and the children are allowed to pretend to be pilots, trying out the navigational tools and flight simulation.
Pretend Theatre: Kids always like an opportunity to dress up and perform onstage. This idea is taken a step further through blue screen technology. Our kids had fun trying on the costumes, choosing the props they liked and seeing themselves in front of the Statue of Liberty and in Super Hero City.
Water Table: I think this was Madison and Logan’s favorite exhibit. There are multiple ways to watch the water travle through the table and they spent a long time walking around and see what they could do. The exhibit aims to teach children about the importance of water in the environment and being responsible for the water we use. Lots of splashing and lots of fun.
Main Street: Most kids enjoy pretending to be in a grocery store with play food and to pretend to be a server in a restaurant so this exhibit is highly successful and entertaining! There is also a book store and puppet theatre here as well as a toddler room with soft blocks.
People Helping People: Another terrific exhibit is one in which the kids get to climb on board a real ambulance and learn about saving lives and taking care of people. My kids enjoyed getting a call for help and then pretending to respond.
A visit to the Zimmer makes for a fun day and the location is central and close to many other museums and activities, such as LACMA, the Grove and the La Brea Tarpits. Try to plan your visit for an off day or time as it can get crowded with families!