Natural History Museum, Other LA stuff + Giant Microbes Giveaway!

The past couple of weeks the temperature has been slowly creeping up and yesterday we even reached into the 90s!  The almost unbearable heat had me thinking about summer and all those great things that go along with it: vacations, parks, the mountains, hiking, outdoorsy stuff, etc. etc.  I decided it was much too hot for any of that, so I settled on the next best thing: re-visiting some of the favorite indoor spots on my youth.  First up on my list, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles!

I hadn’t been to the NHM in a few years, was feeling nostalgic, and it was also a free admission day (first Tuesday of every month), so definitely as good a time as ever to drop in.  If you’re ever in Southern California, the area is definitely worth at least a quick visit (there are a number of  other attractions in the immediate vicinity including USC), especially nice if you happen to be around during a free museum day or for First Fridays.

I did have the change to snap a few pictures of the museum, but also decided to post up a few other recent-ish photos from various local spots.  When you think “nature”, Southern California may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but a surprising number of great spots to enjoy the outdoors can be found around here… and ones that have nothing to do with sunbathing at that!

Museum display with cute little birds :D… cute little dead birds D:

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“Discovery Center” section of the museum, mainly for the kids but they have some interesting specimens here (and that youngster might be picking his nose, but I can’t say for sure.  We might need to hit the enhance button…) :

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“New” (opened last summer) Age of Mammals exhibit with… natural sunlight! :

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Diorama Halls :

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These types of dioramas used to creep me out as a kid (and apparently they still do) :

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This one kinda doesn’t creep me out :

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The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange from the 11o-N :

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Check it out from the air (not my photo, if you own this photo, or know who does, please contact me) :

Somewhere in the hills of Beverly Hills :

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Point Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes :


Better view of the lighthouse and ocean from on the trail :

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Pelicans 🙂

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In celebration of all things nature-y, we have a fun nature-y plush to giveaway courtesy of Giant Microbes!  (Please note that this giveaway is in no way affiliated with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles).

We previously featured the plushes and vinyl figures from Giant Microbes on the site and LOVE their educational value, but their unique fun factor just puts them over the top.   In case you need a quick refresher…

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from top left: Krill, Platelet, Bed Bug plushes ($8.95 each), Sniffles & Smooch vinyl figures ($12.95 each)

So cute and fun!  This spring Giant Microbes released three cuddly, brand spankin’ new plushes: tick, hay fever, and chagas ($8.95 each) – annnd we are giving away one of them this month! 😀


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Win a full size plush from Giant Microbes in your choice of tick, hay fever or chagas (pictured above).

To Enter: Comment with your favorite plush from the Giant Microbes new arrivals : tick, hay fever, or chagas.

Bonus Entry 1: Follow Giant Microbes on Facebook OR follow Giant Microbes on Twitter.  

Bonus Entry 2: “Like” Brixton Street on Facebook OR follow Brixton Street via Google Friend Connect OR RSS feed OR via email

Bonus Entry 3: Tweet about the giveaway, share on your Facebook page, or blog about the giveaway & leave a link to your tweet, blog post or Facebook post.   You may share once per day.

You may use this sample tweet if you like:

#Giveaway : I entered to #win a cute plush of my choice from Giant Microbes, you can too!  Enter here:

You MUST leave a separate comment for each entry. This giveaway will end May 22, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST.  Open to readers in the US only.  Good luck!

Giveaway winner : r.

FTC disclaimer:  I was not provided with any monetary compensation for this post nor provided with any product samples in exchange for this post and all opinions expressed here are mine.

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98 responses to “Natural History Museum, Other LA stuff + Giant Microbes Giveaway!”

  1. Cynthia

    I Follow Giant Microbes on Facebook

    Cynthia Tom

  2. Cynthia

    I “Like” Brixton Street on Facebook

  3. Cynthia

    i subscribe to your rss

  4. Cynthia
  5. Andrew McKinley

    I’d have to go with Hay Fever

  6. Andrew McKinley

    following GM on twitter – andygmck

  7. Andrew McKinley

    following BS via GFC

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  12. Veronica Bright

    I think I like the Hayfever plush the best
    vbright at live dot com

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  22. Gia

    Chagas Disease 🙂

  23. Gia

    I liked Giant Microbes on Facebook

  24. Kelly D

    My favorite is the tick.

  25. Kelly D

    I follow Giant Microbes on Twitter(kellywcu)

  26. Kelly D

    I follow you on GFC(kellyr78)

  27. Vicki E

    I like hayfever!

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  30. kittycardero

    I like the tick.

  31. Happi Shopr

    I like Hay Fever

  32. Cori Westphal

    We live in MN and have lots of ticks so I’d go with that one!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  33. Cori Westphal

    I like you on Facebook: Cori Eckstrom Westphal (

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  34. Cori Westphal

    I like Giant Microbes on Facebook: Cori Eckstrom Westphal (

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  36. Daniel M

    the hay fever one

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  39. Melanie

    I like tick

  40. Sarah

    THe tick is v ery realistic.

  41. Sarah

    Follow you via GFC as Sarah

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  43. erin decker

    I like Brixton Street on Facebook

  44. Angela Winesburg

    I like the chagas one, thanks!

  45. Angela Winesburg

    Following via GFC, thanks!

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  47. Gianna

    I’m a GFC follower.

  48. Veronica Garrett

    I love the hay fever.

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