‘Summer Nights at the Tar Pits’ to roar – NBC Los Angeles

What there is to know

  • Friday July 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Free; book your ticket in advance
  • Music, Educator Pop-Ups, and Nibbles and Cali Saber-Toothed Cat Puppet Appearances

Meeting a saber-toothed cat isn’t something we put on our calendars, but if we know we can meet the ancient animal in a friendly outdoor setting, with music, educational times and people who love picnics, we’re totally up for a feline weather.

And the extinct creatures will reign “Summer Nights in the Tar Pits”, a free event created fur, uh, for families and anyone interested in the critters that roamed our modern city.

The famous Ice Age fossil site is the location (the “Tar Pits” part of the name was the giveaway), while the date? Everything happens friday july 22from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Of course, saber-toothed cats didn’t wear wristwatches or electronic devices that displayed the time, but we humans did, and if we were at the La Brea Tar Pits during that three window hours ?

We’ll spy on a pair of felines from long ago, in the whimsical forms of two realistic saber-toothed cat puppets named Cali and Nibbles.

(What would the real sabertooth cats have thought of Cali and Nibbles? Would they have considered them part of their crowd? Something to ask your kids on the way to the event.)

There are pop-up educational talks, DJ tunes from Ladies of Sound, and picnicking opportunities in the area, if you show up with your own bites of the gourmet variety.

A tar bar will be nearby and snacks will be for sale, if you feel peckish like a big cat but have nothing to snack on. (No one is asking you to find the kind of dinner a saber-toothed cat might have liked; that’s why human food will be available for purchase, phew.)

Admission to the museum and the event is totally free, but do a reservation in advance to inform the organizers of your presence.

And after the fun of the early evening? “Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival” runs short films inspired by the age-old attraction, starting at 8:30 a.m.

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