Camera Obscura (Italian for "dark room") A life-size, walk through pinhole camera (one of three in the United States). Revolving turret on the roof that can be rotated by means of an old ship's wheel inside, capturing an image of the surrounding ocean's beauty that is reflected on the table. The focus changes as the table is tilted. Palisades Park, N. of Broadway Open 10AM-5PM daily. Free.
Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier Year around family amusement park on the pier! Free admission. Enjoy &/or pay for the following: 12 fun & exciting rides! 20 midway games Arcades Food Music Entertainment Artists Souvenirs... (310) 260-8744
Free city Wi-Fi Wireless internet access at Airport, Clover, Euclid, Memorial, Reed, & Virginia parks. Plus, the SM Pier, Panera Bread,& Interactive Cafe! (more to come...)
International Chess Park (Just S. of the Santa Monica Pier) On Ocean Front Walk is the world famous permanent outdoor International Chess Park= 2 dozen chess tables with a human size chessboard. Free to the public.
NRDC (Natural Resource Defense Council) This re-used 1920's downtown building has been referred to as "The greenest building in the country". With private free tours, this environmental & human- friendly building is a must see! Robert Redford, Leonardo Decaprio & Laurie David all contributors. Tuesdays: 11AM Free Tour Thursdays: 3:30 Free Tour Please call:(310) 434-2300
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Heal the Bay's marine education facility: promoting education & conservation of the local SM Bay. Great to interact with hundreds of species found in the bay. Explore the marine themed books, puzzles, games, crafts & puppet theatre. Location: Under the SM Pier's Carousel. Winter hours: Weekends: 12:30-5, Tuesday-Friday: 2-5pm. Kid's are free! A suggested donation for adults is $5.00 (with a set entry fee of $3.00 for adults). 10 or more $2.00 (including children).
Live Music Concerts Sundays afternoons @ the SM Pier (February-May) Free!
Public Library Main Branch 601 Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 458-8600 Environmentally friendly w/ The Bookmark cafe' & the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum coming soon! Free Wi-Fi throughout the library!
Santa Monica Symphony (Award winning) 4 concerts a year SM Civic Auditorium (Main Street & Pico Blvd.) Free!
The Twilight Dance Series Thursday nights: At the SM Pier, July-Sept! with a variety of terrific live artists & bands! Free!
Outside Santa Monica
Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr. Los Angeles (310) 440-7300 www.gettyedu/museum Kids activity room w/ masks, craft sculptures & free tram.
Los Angeles Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles wwwlacma.org
Arts for NexGen: Free admission under 17 years old.