Monday, January 24, 2011

Noah's Ark at Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 9004
(310) 440-4500
Included in admission ticket; reservation for Noah's Ark exhibit is not required, but recommended (especially for Free Thursdays), click here


Stroller/wheelchair accessible
Yes; stroller parking at the exhibit ground level

Restroom facilities
Restrooms throughout center; family room in lower level

Zeidler's Cafe and Zeidler Cart; outdoor eating area
Hands-on activities; puppets and pretend play; docent led art and crafts and musical instrument playing; obstacle course
Our family experience
The Noah's Ark exhibit was truly amazing. My son and I went with my cousin's wife and nephews. We all had a great time. Our reservation was not until 2 PM, so we first ate lunch at Zeidler's Cafe upon our arrival. The food was good and the portions were big enough to share. After lunch, we let the kids play at the Taper Courtyard while the moms talked and took pictures. The Skirball Cultural Center is architecturally beautiful. I loved the floor-to-ceiling glass walls and how they let natural light inside. After a bit of playtime, we headed towards the main event. All Noah's Ark exhibit visitors have about 2 hours to explore the exhibit. This allows just enough visitors in so that the rooms were not too crowded. Visitors were welcomed by a docent who provided a bit of information about the displays and activities. I was really blown away by the animal displays. Familiar items were cleverly repurposed to create most, if not all, of the animals on display; just look at the polar bear and flamingo above. Every inch of the 5 exhibit rooms had a display or activity. Kids were allowed to touch, manipulate, climb (only when a ladder was present), and create. There were so many teaching moments, but my toddler was too busy dashing around. The boys played with puppets, animal figures, climbed the rope obstacle course, built a fort, created a storm...the list went on. 
After Noah's Ark, we had snack at the Taube Courtyard before braving the LA traffic. We thought the kids would be tired, but they ran around. Luckily, we were the only visitors at the courtyard. Our last stop was at The 1000 Journals Project exhibit. The boys drew, colored, cut, and pasted. It was a nice winding down activity for all of us. I would highly recommend visiting Noah's Ark. Children of all ages will enjoy it.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are solely mine. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.