Ice Age Encounters

Have an Ice Age Encounter when a snarling, prowling Saber-toothed Cat makes a special appearance at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum. This jaw-dropping adult Smilodon fatalis will take you back to a time when big cats roamed the land we now call Los Angeles. Bring your camera. You won’t believe your eyes! Learn more about Ice Age Encounters programs here and the amazing team that makes it all possible here.

Fridays at 10:30 am, 11:15 am and 12 pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.

Tickets: $4 Adults, Seniors, and Youth. $3 Children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under FREE, members FREE. Please buy tickets in advance. Seating is limited.

Junior Scientist

Saturday, October 15, 2016: 
10:30 am and 1:30 pm

La Brea Livin' 
Animals like mammoths, mastodons, and saber-toothed cats roamed Los Angeles during the Ice Age, but what came after they went extinct? People! Become an archaeologist at this month’s Junior Scientist, and discover how the first human residents of the Los Angeles Basin used the plentiful “tar” of La Brea!

Critter Club

Saturday, October 15, 2016: 10am & 11am

Ice Age Stomp
Let’s go on a dig right here in the classroom and see what critters we find buried in ice!


Our Sleepover program is your opportunity to spend a night in a world-famous museum and explore our collections with the help of our educators. Sleepovers run year-round at both the La Brea Tar Pits Museum and the Natural History Museum. Click on the dates below to reserve spots for a sleepover!

Ice Age Adventures
Learn about the La Brea Tar Pits and the titans that lived during the last Ice Age by experiencing the new Titans of the Ice Age 3D film!

Spend an exciting night at the tar pits and get stuck in all sorts of great gooey activities. Take a flashlight tour of the tar pits, go on a Museum-wide hunt, and make sticky crafts!

October 8-9, 2016 for Boys and Girls
December 3-4, 2016 for Boys and Girls - Sold Out!


Boo and Goo

Dig into the Halloween spirit with this Family-friendly sleepover that will invite you to follow in the shadowy footsteps of the extinct dire wolves to learn about what used to howl in the night during the Ice Age. Put on a costume and prowl through the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits and learn to stalk prey like a Saber toothed Cat. Activities will include: make your own “tar,” Trick or Treat stations, flashlight tour of the tar pits, and Micro Fossil “candy” sorting.  Once the moon has risen, tuck in for the night under the specter of our skeletons. Costumes are encouraged.

October 22-23, 2016 for Boys and Girls


Birthday Party

Whether you or your child dreams of someday becoming a world-renowned paleontologist, has a love affair with butterflies, or is intrigued by gems celebrating your birthday at the Museum is an experience of a lifetime! Parties are at 10 am, 12:30 pm, and 3 pm. To celebrate a birthday at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, please call 213.763.3536.


Celebrate Your Birthday at the Museum!

To celebrate a birthday on weekdays at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, please call 213.763.3536.

Family Sleepovers!

Spend an exciting night at the Tar Pits and get stuck in all sorts of great gooey activities.


Buy tickets here!

Become a Member

Members get free admission, free Ice Age Encounters tickets, special discounts, and lots of other great benefits! Learn More