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Family Review of Griffith Observatory

Away Travel Expert: Cameron Walker
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FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Get a close look at the sky with the help of seasoned amateur astronomers. Hit the star party, held one Saturday afternoon and evening each month, and peer at planets, the moon's face, and other neighbors in the sky. You can even learn more about the telescopes you're using, in case you want to start up a family astronomy hobby once you get home.
  • Planetarium shows run several times a day every day but Monday, when the observatory is closed. Shows go beyond pointing out the constellations—some have covered the search for water on other planets, others look at the origins of the universe. Buy tickets in advance, and arrive early—latecomers will miss the show.
  • Have kids younger than five? Bring them to the first planetarium shows of the day. The later shows are limited to older kids and their families.
Anyone who's ever gazed up at the night sky and wondered what it was they were looking at will enjoy a trip to Griffith Observatory. The observatory's iconic building—it has been an atmospheric backdrop in movies and TV shows including

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In Griffith Park, at the end of Vermont Ave
2800 E. Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, California
Parking: Tues-Fri noon-10pm; Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. Call or check website for planetarium showtimes
Price: Planetarium tickets $7 adults, $5 seniors 60 or older and students with ID, $3 children ages 5-12

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Telephone Number: 213/473-0800
Price Information: Planetarium tickets $7 adults, $5 seniors 60 or older and students with ID, $3 children ages 5-12
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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