For those looking for a change of scenery over the winter break from school, the Petersen Automotive Museum offers new exhibits and activities geared toward kids.
From Dec. 23 to Jan. 12, the museum has electric vehicle displays, vehicles from Hollywood films, programs focusing on car science and culture and extended hours.
“Although kids will be on break from school, the Petersen Automotive Museum offers students an opportunity to gain an education in other areas,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Our new exhibits and special programming in the Discovery Center give kids an invaluable glimpse into the history and future of transportation; it’s an easy and compelling way to broaden kids’ knowledge about something as common as the automobile.”
The all-electric vehicle exhibits showcase three elements. One explores the history and development of electric vehicles. The second focuses on Volkswagen and its efforts to convert its entire roundup of vehicles into electric-powered machines. The third explores the evolution of electric cars that includes modern vehicles from the 2009 Tesla Model S Prototype 1 to the Bollinger B1 and a collection of electric bikes.
The Hollywood Dream Machines exhibit offers famous cars from movies and science fiction. It has more than 40 vehicles, from “Star Wars,” “Back to the Future,” “Tron,” “Iron Man,” “Batman,” “Blade Runner” and “Halo.”
At the Rob and Melani Walton Discovery Center in the museum, visitors can watch special programs, see displays and participate in hands-on activities.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Jan. 12. To learn more about the Petersen Automotive Museum, visit www.petersen.org or call (323) 930-CARS.