It's clear where my son and I will be this Saturday: Gawking at scores of gorgeous critters on display at the LA County Natural History Museum's "Reptile and Amphibian Appreciation Day," including Tallulah, the museum's Solomon Islands Skink (pictured above).
Featured guests include lots of (live) frogs and turtles, two American alligators, a 13-foot python, and all of California's native rattlesnakes. Herpetologists will be on hand to answer your questions.
The event will also feature presentations/activities that explore the relationship between modern reptiles and dinosaurs.
The shindig runs Saturday, July 11, from noon to 5 p.m. It's free to members or included with your regular museum admission ($9 for adults;$6.50 for children). But note, parking in the area is now $8.00.
For kids 3-5 years old, check out Critter Club at 10 a.m. Kids will learn about reptiles and amphibians through exhibits in the Discovery Center, as well as stories, games and a craft. This is free (with paid museum admission), but spaces are available on a first-come basis. For more info, call 213-763-3230.