L.A. County Museum of Natural History Homeschool Days:
February 5, 2015: Fossil Fanatics
April 20, 2015: Bugs and Botany
June 17, 2015: Art and Nature
No preregistration required. Just mention at the ticket counter that you are there for homeschool days and you get in free.
Click here to go to the NHM site
The museum also has free admission the first Tuesday of the month.
Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits):
October 22, 2014: L.A. Underground
January 15, 2015: Bugs and Botany
March 20, 2015: L.A.'s Carnivores
June 5, 2015: Astounding Adaptations
No preregistration required.
Click here to go to the Page Museum site
California Science Center
Admission to the exhibit halls and over 100 exhibits is always free. You will pay for IMAX or to see the space shuttle Endeavour (though the shuttle fee is only $2 or free with the purchase of an IMAX ticket).
Another location that is always free! If you're studying the solar system, you have to visit. There is a charge for the planetarium show, but there are plenty of things to see for free.
The Autry National Center of the American West
Free Tuesdays! Every SECOND Tuesday of the month, admission is free. There is also free admission on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Presidents' Day.
The Autry National Center of the American West is all about the West: art and artifacts about cowboys, Native Americans, art of the West, and more. There is a Family Gallery with hands-on exhibits, and kids can pan for gold on weekends (though weekends aren't free).
Historic Southwest Museum
(part of The Autry but on a different campus)
Always Free! Featuring Southwestern Native American artifactsClick here for the Historic Southwest Museum site
Skirball Cultural Center
The Skirball offers free admission every Thursday! This Jewish cultural center has art, artifacts, photographs, music, and theater events all about Jewish life. There is a whimsical, hands-on Noah's Ark with life-size animals made of upcycled materials -- it is a must-see for little kids. Tickets are required for Noah's ark, in order to reserve a time slot, but they are no additional charge.
The Getty Museum
(Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades)
Admission to The Getty is always free. The hilltop Los Angeles Getty museum is all about fine art, architecture, and their beautiful garden. They have frequent family activities and festivals. The Getty Villa - all about ancient Greece and Rome - is also free, but requires a timed-entry ticket, available from their website. Click here for more Getty info
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
LACMA has a NexGen program where children 17 and under are admitted free, along with one accompanying adult. You need to sign up for this program, which you can do HERE
Adults have to pay $15 regularly, but there is free admission the Second Tuesday of every month.