You know you are close to the Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits when you see the HUGE mammals peering back at you! By mammals, don't be scared - just amazed! We mean the models of those amazing extinct creatures that used to roam the earth back in the Ice Age!
These tar pits, found in Los Angeles, are some of the world's most famous fossil localities. In fact, they actually have the largest and most diverse collection of plants and animals from the Ice Age in the entire world!
For kids it's a fun and fascinating experience where they can learn all about huge and wonderful creatures that roamed our earth between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago (and you thought you were old reaching double figures!) These creatures range from the scary saber-toothed cats and the grand wooly mammoths and they actually lived where you will be standing when you visit! All across the Los Angeles Basin....just picture it when you look into the tar pits!
Then, at the Page Museum Laboratory you can actually watch bones being cleaned and repaired. It's a fascinating process - and to think that the scientists are actually working on teeth and bones from woolly mammoths!
There are exhibits on smilodons, condors, bison and wolves - as well as other creatures that they have found within the tar pits.
Of course, outside at the tar pits you can see life-size replicas of several extinct mammals so you can then picture what the teeth would have actually looked like on the animals. Amazing stuff!
Get ready to go back in time to when these weird and wonderful (and HUGE!) creatures roamed around Los Angeles!