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.


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
Spend an exciting night with this Family-friendly sleepover at the tar pits and get stuck in all sorts of great gooey activities. 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!

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

January 7-8, 2017 for Boys and Girls-Registration opening up soon!
January 13-14, 2017 for Boys and Girls-Registration opening up soon!


Birthday Party

Celebrate 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.

Pricing for Members/Non-Members:

  • $600 for up to 40 guests/$660 for up to 40 guests

Birthday Theme:

  • Ice Age

What do I get when I book a birthday party?

  • Party Host to help facilitate the celebration
  • General admission to Museum for the day
  • Age-appropriate craft and activities
  • Plates, cups, napkins, and table covers
  • Jumbo-sized birthday card
  • Tables, chairs, and use of a private party area
  • Food and beverages must be ordered through our Birthday Party Program*

*Food and Beverage at your special celebration can be arranged with our party planning specialists, who have many great options for you. Please note that outside food and beverages are not permitted and refrigeration is not available.

What do I bring?:

  • Birthday cake

What happens during a party?

  • 1½ hours in a party area with Party Host
  • In-theme activities and crafts led by Party Host
  • Followed by food and beverages
  • Birthday song and cake!


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