Noah's SpitballHave you taken the kiddos to the very kid-friendly Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center? If not, what are you waiting for?

Ok, so it is a bit of a drive from Ventura County since it is in LA and off the 405 freeway but trust me it is absolutely worth the drive and traffic!

Jaw-Dropping Awesome

As soon as we walked into the Noah’s Ark entrance, my little did one of those jaw-dropping gasps that just melts your heart. You know the one that makes you all fuzzy-warm inside. I was in awe too. It is all aesthetically beautiful.

The first time I took my little one, she was 15 months-old and we both had a blast. I recently took her as a 4-year-old, and we again had an amazing time.

Diverse and Interactive

The beauty of this permanent exhibit it is that is always different. There are a lot of things to explore in different rooms and levels. This time around she spent a long time in the animal nursery. She pretended to bathe, feed, and cradle the baby animals to sleep. Such a sweet helper!

As when she was younger, she loved climbing and wandering the upper levels. Talk about bird’s eye view! Another favorite thing was making a mechanical wolf howl by cranking a handle with her small but mighty hands. There is also a cool water pump that can “create” rain. I could share more but I also want you to be surprised!

Story Time at Noah’s Ark

After our time slot in the exhibit, we stayed for Story time in the Amphitheater. Since this was outdoors, we were able to enjoy our snack while listening to a story about animals. Our Story Time included a performer with musical accompaniment.

Bonus: My little one and other kiddos were laughing at certain parts of the story.

Art Making

Following Storytime, we walked to the Outdoor Art Making space which was attractive with colorful art supplies and tables her size! The art craft this time was called Purposeful Planters, where she got to design a planter pot using organic and repurposed materials.

Bonus: We got to take her art home in a cute paper bag.

Mommy, Can We Come Back Again?

It was such fun field trip that as we were walking to the exit, my little one asked, “Mommy, can we come back again?” My heart skipped a beat and “Yes! We can come back again,” I answered.

What can I say? Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center is Mama and Child approved! Hope you check it out soon!

Mom Tips to Know at Noah’s ark:

  • Beginning March 2: Ninety-minute time slots offered throughout the day, Thursday–Sunday.
  • FREE to all on Thursdays: Make reservations as soon as they are available.
  • FREE parking (and in the shade).
  • Beginning March 13: Mask will no longer be required.
  • Story time in the Amphitheater and Outdoor Art Making is included with general admission.

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Claudia Lam
Claudia is a curious mom who loves having adventures in Southern California and beyond. She is grateful to be raising a bicultural child with her funny and loving husband. As the Family Cultural Attaché, Claudia likes to explore an eclectic array of music, food, and entertainment. You can always find her learning something new, reading a page-turner, or doing something fun with her family. She has lived in Southern California most of her life but has also lived in Mexico and France.


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