There are small, unique pleasures to be had in Los Angeles that might escape the notice of the average Angeleno, much less the average Tourist coming to town for the first time.

This is going to be one of a series of posts highlighting some small, relatively inexpensive things to do, to eat, to try in the greater Southland area. Some of these things you’ll know about. Some of these things may be new to you. Either way, they’ll be in the Tags section (to your right) under “Simple Pleasures”.

And heck, it’s not like this is an area that I know all things. If you’ve got a Los Angeles Simple Pleasure, send it along, and we’ll try to put it up in a future posting.

Today’s simple pleasure (and the thing that inspired these posts): Playing inside Penetrable at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
This may be more for the kids than it would be for you grown ups, but there certainly isn’t an age limit to…playing…inside…a sculpture.

You heard me.

The LACMA Unframed Blog just did a piece about this. The thing is, for all of its history, for all it’s “affects” on the viewer (participant), the sculpture itself is really just a lot of a freakin’ fun.

You dive in and it’s like you’re being showered with an avalanche of green plastic vines.

That could be because you’re being showered with an avalanche of green plastic vines.

But sit back, watch as the kids (mostly kids) dive into this thing with a glee that can only be compared to bringing them to a Toys R Us on a Saturday. They swim. They move. They pretend to get lost.

And like I said, there is no age or height restriction. From ages 7 to 70 and beyond, if you want in, get on in there.

Technically, this is free with the price of admission, but you can play around in this a bit before you even pay to get into LACMA.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 857-6000

Mon-Tue, Thu: 12–8pm
Wed: Closed
Fri: 12–9pm
Sat-Sun: 11am–8pm