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Winter is a great time to check out the many local entertainment venues in Southern California. Since all the tourists have gone home after the holidays, many local tourist spots in Southern California are offering exclusive discounts to residents only. Better yet, some tickets are even free (a small service fee is applied)!
So here’s a roundup of the best free winter entertainment deals in Southern California for families! As always, if you find a great deal that you like, make sure to purchase it immediately. Once tickets are sold, they are gone forever.
Happy Field Tripping!
Southern California Entertainment Discount Tickets
Bust out your kilt and bagpipes — it’s haggis time! Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival returns for its 25th year celebrating the bonnie ship’s Scottish heritage. This two-day festival would make William Wallace feel right at home, with tons of music, dancing, food (mince and tatties, anyone?) and athletic competitions straight from the Scottish Highlands. Marvel as modern competitors face off in ancient feats of strength (hammer throwing! Wee lads and lassies can visit the Kids Zone to try their hands at their own Highland Games. Don’t miss this rollicking celebration of all things Scottish!
Complimentary Tickets to the Museum of Failure, Los Angeles
For every mega-success like the iPhone, VCR and Ford Mustang, there’s a couple of Apple Newtons, Betamaxes and Edsels that crashed and burned before them — and the pop-up exhibition known as The Museum of Failure celebrates these marketing missteps in all their glory. This primo collection of product blunders, curated by a Swedish innovation researcher, brings the best worst ideas together in an Instagram-friendly collection at DTLA’s A+D (Architecture and Design) Museum. You’ll see artifacts spanning from the 17th century right up to the present, including a Trump-based board game, Casio’s tiny color TV, New Coke and plenty more. No word on whether Ishtar is included in this Hollywood edition, however.
Board a historic battleship and see history come to life before your eyes. Named one of the best exhibits to see with your kids by CBS Local, the Battleship Iowa Museum is the West Coast’s only battleship open to the public. Walk the wooden decks and check out the guns, missile decks, bridge, mess areas and the world famous Captain’s Cabin — with the only bathtub installed on a battleship for a president. Known as “The Battleship of Presidents,” Iowa has hosted three presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. New for 2017, you’ll get an up-close look at a Korean War-era Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever helicopter, fully restored and sitting on Iowa’s flight deck. You’ll also be able to have an augmented reality HUP Experience of flying an actual HUP helicopter, as well as take a simulated ride in a virtual reality Navy Flight Theater. The Battleship Iowa is located at the L.A. Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet prior to World War II and an area rich in maritime history.
California is America’s largest and most diverse state, home to people, traditions, languages and ideas from every corner of the world. California’s dynamic population, culture and geography have made a notable impact on the state’s artistic output, which has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. This spirit is always on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, which showcases works by California artists in exhibitions like In the Land of Sunshine: Imagining the California Coast Culture, which features paintings of California life from the past 150 years, and “a sky in the palm of a hand”, which pays tribute to local artists Lloyd Hamrol and Joan Perlman.
Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel blossoms on stage as a musical. Little Women follows the adventures of the remarkable March sisters — budding author Jo, practical Meg, sweet Beth and romantic Amy — who’re coming of age during the Civil War under the care of their doting mother. A touching tale of young love, achieving your dreams and the enduring power of family, this song-filled adaptation at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica is designed for the entire family to enjoy. The show’s original New York run starred Tony-winner Sutton Foster (Younger), who was nominated for both a Drama Desk and a Tony Award for her performance as Jo.