During this time of quarantine it is unfortunate that we can’t go out and visit a museum or stop at a local eatery or even check out a concert. I usually only update this page with local events in and around Los Angeles but since everything is closed or postponed, I thought I would add some virtual tours of beaches, national parks & monuments, nature events, historical sites, museums and more from all over the world. I mean we can only binge-watch shows and movies on Netflix for so long. Enjoy!
Watch a livestream of the Poppy Reserve in Antelope Valley
Fun things to do in and around Los Angeles once the quarantine is lifted
Weekend Walks at Descanso Gardens – La Canada
Take a docent-guided walk through the gardens highlighting the points of seasonal interest every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 12 pm *Included in the price of regular admission. No reservations required. Subject to weather and availability
For a full calendar of events, visit https://www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/calendar/
Bet Yer Bottom Bingo Akbar – Los Angeles
B-I-N-G-O! Come out and play Bingo while being a part of a good cause for just $1 a game hosted by Sparkleblob on various Sunday nights at Akbar in Los Angeles.
Sparkleblob, a non-profit organization who helps create new art makers and arts leaders by shaping culture, teaching people to connect, opening eyes to different experiences and creating conversations with people of all walks of life.
For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/431659730711453/
Explore L.A. With Discover & Go Using Your Los Angeles Public Library Card
The Los Angeles Public Library has partnered with local museums, science centers, zoos, theatres and other cultural destinations for free and low-cost passes through their Discover & Go program and all you need is your library card.
Log on to https://lapl.discoverandgo.net/ with your library card credentials and browse for passes by date or attractions.
Participating destinations include:
• Recording Academy’s Grammy Museum: L.A. Live
• Discovery Cube in Los Angeles
• Los Angeles Zoo
• Autry Museum of the American West
• Catalina Island Museum
• Japanese American National Museum
• Chinese American Museum
• Kidspace Children’s Museum
• The Museum of Jurassic Technology
• Natural History Museum
• Museum of Tolerance
• Craft & Folk Art Museum
• Battleship Iowa: Los Angeles
• La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
• L.A. Plaza De Cultura y Artes
• Los Angeles Conservancy
• Wende Museum of the Cold War
For additional or general information about the Los Angeles Public Library, please visit https://www.lapl.org/explorela
Rancho de Philo Winery – Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Specializes in their own award-winning brand called Triple Cream Sherry located in Rancho Cucamonga. It was such a relaxing and wonderfully delicious experience. The owners and staff were admirably hospitable and I can’t say enough about the quality of flavor.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rancho-de-Philo-Winery-160166454045803/
Aquarium Of The Pacific – Long Beach
This season at the Aquarium, see a new show in the Ocean Theater, visit your favorite animals (I love the cephalopods), and take part in cultural festivals and events celebrating the ocean planet.
Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific with special extended hours
The entire Aquarium will be open, except Lorikeet Forest. Admission after 5:00 p.m. is just $19.95 for adults and seniors, and children (3-11). Watch the nighttime activities of our animals, touch a shark, and enjoy the beautiful evening lighting of the Aquarium’s architecture.
Special Discounted Late Nights
The following late nights are in celebration of different themes, cultures, and seasons that may offer additional programming. Click each one for specific event descriptions and pricing. Please click-through for details and availability. These events are separate from Discounted Late Nights and do not occur on the same evenings.
National Park Free Entrance Days
Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates in 2019:
- January 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 20 – First day of National Park Week
- August 25 – National Park Service Day
- September 28 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
For more information, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/11-19-2018-fee-free-days.htm
MOCA – Grand Avenue location
Free every Thursday 5-8pm
For more information, please visit https://www.moca.org/visit/grand-ave
Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
Free first Thursday of the month with advance ticket.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Free every Thursday
Natural History Museum
Free the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August)
Autry National Center: Museum of the American West
Free every second Tuesday of the month
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Museum free first Tuesday of every month (except July and August) and free every Tuesday during September; tar pits area always free.
Japanese American National Museum
Free every Thursday 5-8pm and all day every third Thursday of the month
Skirball Cultural Center
Free every Thursday
Norton Simon Museum
Free first Friday of the month 5-8pm
Museum of Latin American Art
Free every Sunday and the fourth Friday of every month between 5-9pm
Pacific Asia Museum
Free second Sunday of every month
Kidspace Children’s Museum
Free first Tuesday of every month from 4-8pm
Long Beach Museum of Art
Free from 3-8pm Thursdays and all day Fridays
California Art Museum in Pasadena
PMCA 1234 is free the first Friday of the month from 12-5pm
Norton Simon in Pasadena
Free the first Friday of the month from 5pm-8pm
I love that we have so many food options here in LA. Here are some of my favorite spots:
Cha Cha Chili – Valley Blvd, Los Angeles
Not only are the burritos delightful, but the Korean BBQ Philly Cheese Steak sandwich takes this little gem to a whole new level.
For directions, menu and hours, please visit: http://chachachili.com/
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