Discovering Fun by Digging Up the Past!

Posted Tuesday, June 19th, 2018


Discover new ways to have fun by digging up the past! What better way to teach our little ones about history than having them dig it up for themselves or see actual artifacts? We’ve unearthed 6 of the best places to take your mini tomb raiders where they can get down and dirty to find treasures from all over the world.


1. Skirball Cultural Center

Skirball Cultural Center has a hands-on dig site for your aspiring archaeologist – all summer long! With the help of the archaeological staff in this awesome outdoor field laboratory, kids can discover what we have in common with people who lived centuries ago. They even get to dress the part! Kids can slip on an archaeologist’s vest, then sift and sort to find ancient artifacts buried beneath the sand. They’ll get to weigh and examine their findings and analyze clues to piece together the story of an ancient Iron Age town.



2. King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh @ California Science Center

Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now. Examine exquisite rings found on King Tut’s fingers, opulent jewelry that adorned his body, and the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial. Prepare for this exhibit by catching California Science Center’s Mysteries of Egypt IMAX film or check out this video from Discovery Kids!

We’re also giving away tickets to this exhibit just for our Kidsguide Buzzz email subscribers! Details below.



3. La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

The La Brea Tar Pits & Museum is an actual, active Ice Age dig site! How cool is that?! Visitors are able to see live excavations happening as paleontologists are continuing to recover fossils of saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and micro-fossils! You could also visit their Fossil Lab and see paleontologist lab work, up close and personal.



4. Ralph B. Clark Park Interpretive Center & Family Fossil Day

Ralph B. Clark Regional Park includes a beautiful interpretive center with an awesome fossil collection. It displays marine fossils dating from about one million years ago, to more recent terrestrial mammals that walked the earth tens of thousands of years ago. These specimens were recovered right inside the boundaries of Clark Park and surrounding areas!

Don’t forget to also check out their Family Fossil Day happening on September 8, 2018 – a three-hour program that introduces families to the fossil history of Orange County. Who knew these amazing creatures from millions of years ago were living right in our own backyard?

Note: The Interpretive Center is temporarily closed, but they are rescheduled to open July 9, 2018!



5. Jr. Archaeology Camp at Bowers Museum

This camp begins with the question: “What is archaeology?”  Campers will get a taste of cultures from ancient Japan and China, to cultures closer to home such as the Mayan and the Aztecs. These young archaeologists will also explore ancient cultures with their own hands in two different on-site archaeological digs, with a mix of real and replicated artifacts.

If you’re just visiting for the day, don’t miss out on Kidseum – a high-tech and interactive children’s museum with a focus on it’s mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures.



6. Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe @ Rancho Los Cerritos

Ready to get down and dirty? Don’t worry parents, learning about Southern California’s rich history is well worth the dirty faces and clothes! Kids get to make real adobe bricks, plaster the horno, construct a mini-adobe home, compete in mud relay races, and much more!

Mud-themed activities include digging through the adobe soil in their archaeology lab, seeing and touching insects that live in the local soil, throwing a clay pot, and playing mud-related games. For those who prefer to stay neat and tidy, activities including fossil-making, Mud Mania trivia, and paper crafts. Live bluegrass music will accompany the fun.





Win a family 4-pack of tickets to the California Science Center to see KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH – the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured!

Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now.

Bring out your inner Indiana Jones and take your family of treasure hunters to this exciting exhibit.

How to Enter:

1. Sign up for our weekly newsletter here
2. Comment below telling us what you’re looking forward to this summer!

Giveaway ends on Friday, June 22nd. Winners will be contacted and will have 48 hours to respond.

25 thoughts on “Discovering Fun by Digging Up the Past!

  1. greg on said:

    Going back home (Ocracoke island, NC) with my 6 year old son and hitting the pirate museum. Again.

    Teaching him how to drive the golf cart on the island. Again.

    Watching him run around like I did as a kid.

  2. Irene Chung Chavez on said:

    My almost 6-year-old daughter is looking forward to learning about various ways to become a scientist. We love traveling and exploring the nature. We always look to have an adventure.

  3. Anahi on said:

    We are looking forward to spending time on the beach , exploring parks, museums and splash pads. We are also looking forward to an email saying we are winners to the king tut exhibition and learning about the artifacts presented.

  4. Monica on said:

    Enjoying everything So Cal offers but we never have a chance to see (or we forget what we have right here.) Staycations can be fun too!

  5. Karen Quezada on said:

    I am looking forward to spending time with my daughter at the beach and at the pool. Making memories together!

  6. Lavinia Rusenescu on said:

    I am looking forward to visiting lots of museums, parks, beaches , camp sites and libraries with my two beautiful daughters this summer! I take advantage of the wonderful, free programs the libraries have to offer and my girls love it! I appreciate every moment I can spend with them! Thank you KIDSGUIDE for your magazines you share for us parents to read, it helps me plan my months on what activities and events there are in our community! You rock!

  7. Cathy on said:

    I’m looking forward to spending time with family. I love visiting museums, parks, and beaches with my little one.

  8. Danielle C. on said:

    We are looking forward to our summer board games, the beach, movies and adventures we find along the way.

  9. michale on said:

    first time we took our kiddos camping was up in Buckhorn. Dry camping, no tv, no cells just playing with cousins searching for treasure. Going where there imagination would take them. The Coolest part of these yearly trips we used to go on, was that it is the same place that their Dadoo and his family would go camping. If your not sure where Buckhorn is, its in Los Angeles National Forest:}

  10. We are looking forward to all of the amazing family friendly things to do! While most people travel during summer we enjoy staying local. We live in a place that people come HERE for vacation! I always treat this area like a tourist. I research all the fun things to do and take my 3 girls to almost 1 event a day. So far we have done Storymakery, Zoomars, Pretend City, Mission SJC, Oso Creek Fairy Trail, and getting ready for a trip to Ojai. The kids are excited to see the King Tut exhibit, especially after watching all 3 of the Night at the Museum movies!

  11. Tia Pruett on said:

    Looking forward to doing our summer bucket list projects with my 3 kiddos like visiting museums, pool play dates, sand castles, fairy trails, and the summer reading program at the library.

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