Homeschool Days | La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Homeschool Days


On Homeschool Days, homeschoolers get free access to the museum all day! Explore the tar pits outside, view the collections inside the museum, and participate in special Homeschool Day programming.

Visit the Tar Pits on a day just for you!

The La Brea Tar Pits & Museum is proud to offer four days each school year when Homeschoolers can come free of charge! Each Homeschool Day has an assigned theme with free drop-in activities designed to help you and your students get the most out of our exhibits. 

We collaborate with our sister museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, for a total of eight Homeschool Days each year, so check out their website for more information. We hope to see you at all eight!

Homeschool Day dates and themes for the 2018-19 school year are listed below. Subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the page to get reminders before each Homeschool Day!

Wednesday, October 17 – Super Sloths of the Pleistocene
Mammoths, camels and of course...sloths! Spend this Homeschool Day with the biggest mammals of the Ice Age. We’ll explore what life was like for these amazing herbivores in Pleistocene Los Angeles, and how their fossils give us clues about survival and extinction.

Friday, January 11 – Pleistocene Predators
Did you know that Ice Age Los Angeles was home to some of the most fearsome predators to ever walk the planet? Dire wolves, short faced bears, and saber-toothed cats all called this area home from 11 to 55 thousand years ago. This Homeschool Day will explore the lives of these amazing carnivores: how they hunted, what their social groups were like, and what we can learn from their fossil remains. 

Tuesday, March 12 – Dig It!
This Homeschool Day, we are joining up with our Mobile Museums team to explore how archaeology and paleontology can help us uncover the mysteries of the past. Excavate aboard the Mobile Museums Archaeology Experience truck, explore the tar pits, and spend some time in the Observation Pit to see a partially excavated fossil deposit. Inside the museum, you can visit our Exploration Station and test your knowledge of paleontology, and meet an excavator from Project 23 and learn about our latest finds. 

Wednesday, June 5 – Astounding Adaptations
Everything on our planet shares one thing in common - we have adapted to our environment. This Homeschool Day gives you the opportunity to explore the diversity of life in Pleistocene Los Angeles and discover how our scientists use fossil evidence to learn how Ice Age animals survived. If you've ever wondered how a saber-toothed cat used its impressive canines to hunt, or why a Harlan's ground sloth had pebble-sized bones growing in its skin, don't miss out on this day!

Planning to attend?
Download our Homeschool Day Info Page for a map and an overview of how to check in and get access to Homeschool Day programming. 

Who qualifies?
Any student receiving academic instruction at home for grades PreK (3 years old) through Grade 12 and his/her educators qualify for free admission on Homeschool Days. Proof of homeschooling is not required.

Do I need to pre-register?
Nope! Just come on one of the days listed above and check in with a Tar Pits representative. Be sure to let us know you are here for Homeschool Day to receive free admission.

How much does it cost?
General Admission to the Museum is free the whole day, however, please note that there is a $15 fee per vehicle for parking.

How do I sign up for special exhibits or Guided Programming?
We may offer special experiences and programs in the mornings on Homeschool Days. While we do our best to make activities available for all participants, tickets are sometimes necessary to help ensure the best possible experience. To pick up these tickets, check in with a School Programs representative at the Welcome Table when you arrive. Any tickets will be free and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

What if I can't make it to a Homeschool Day?
Everyone receives free General Admission on Free Tuesdays, held on the first Tuesdays of every month (except July and August) and every Tuesday in September! However, on Free Tuesdays we do not offer programming associated with Homeschool Days.
If you belong to a Homeschool network or association, you may also want to get a group together and book through our Group Sales department for a discounted rate.

Are there resources I can use during my visit?
Take a look at our Homeschool Day Info Page for parking information and general info about the day.  For more specifics about each day, including specifics on programs, sign up to receive our Homeschool Day e-mail list using the form below or call our Call Center at 213.763.3529 to answer any questions regarding Homeschool Day events. 
You may also want to check out our free, downloadable Lesson Plans to see if there is anything that might integrate well with learning you are doing at home.