Take Your Kids Back To The 1920's

The longer I live in LA, the more I realize how much downtown has to offer.  Having moved here from New York, I immediately shrugged off the seemingly deserted streets assuming that because there weren't a million tourists milling about, there wasn't much to see.  But my thinking started to change after a few key excursions. First there was the packed and eclectic Library Bar on 6th street.   Then, for an article I was writing, I found myself in a gorgeous, historic warehouse in the middle of the fashion district.  Soon followed a few trips to the sample sales, restaurants, museums and of course, LA Live.  

Last week, while attending a fundraising dinner, I made my latest discovery.  Located in a 5 story building which was once the tallest in LA,  I became acquainted with the New Mexican Heritage Museum known as La Plaza. The minute I stepped onto the second floor, I knew I had to bring my kids back.  Just outside the elevator was an incredible re-creation of 1920s-era Main Street.  Kids can dress up in 20's garb and get their photos taken in the portrait studio, grab a plastic basket and sift through shelves of groceries, and discover there was life before i-pods at the phonograph and record store. 

La Plaza features fantastic programs for kids throughout the year such as their recent Earth Day celebration, which coincided with the launch of their edible teaching garden and ‘Dia de Los Niños' (Children's Day) featuring storytelling, culinary and art workshops.  

Family Days will continue throughout the summer so be sure to check out their website for the latest.