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Family Guide to The Ronald Reagan Library

We visited as a guest of the LA Visitors Bureau
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The Ronald Reagan Library has been a place that I have wanted to take my children to visit for many years. While it just seems like it is just a short drive to this part of Los Angeles, it can be quite a long drive from Orange County – especially if you’re driving with young children. When I found out about the promotional event, Culture L.A., where families could have a significant discount on a local hotel and museum tickets, I immediately booked a family staycation getaway to Los Angeles.

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We reserved a night at the Werner Center Marriott that is just a short distance from the Ronald Reagan Library. When we first checked into the hotel, the kids immediately dashed down to the indoor pool where they spent countless hours splashing and playing together in the warm water. While the kids were busy creating memorable memories together in the swimming pool, my husband, and I took some time to relax by the pool.

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Once the kids were done playing in the pool and exploring the hotel, we came together as a family to talk about our day at the on site restaurant. With live jazz music playing in the background, we laughed and ended our day excited about what was to come the next day at the Ronald Reagan Library.

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The next morning we awoke and took the short drive up into the beautiful hills of the Simi Valley. The museum is surrounded by some of the most majestic views in Los Angeles and is the perfect place for taking family photos.

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Touring the museum is made easy for families. It is broken down into different sections making it so families can take their time to explore the museum without feeling crowded. After getting our tickets, we started with a short movie that educated our children on the era in which Ronald Reagan was President of the United States. Once the video was done, we walked into a room full of memorabilia and artifacts. The kids took their time reading about all the different artifacts and learned things about the Presidency that they otherwise would have never learned.

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Once we were done looking at memorabilia and exploring a replica of the Oval Office, the kids were in for the biggest treat of the visit – getting to walk onto Air force One. We didn’t tell the kids ahead of time that they were going to tour the airplane, and leaving it as a surprise for them was one of the best things we could have done. The kids screamed with delight when they walked into the giant glass room that houses the airplane.

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There was a long line of families waiting to board the airplane, and it was worth every minute of the wait. Before boarding the plane they took a memorable family photo, and then we took our time seeing the plane where Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon ran the Country up in the air. Although there were no photos allowed to be taken on the plane, our kids left with their minds full of everlasting memories.

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After families are done touring the plane they are guided to an area where there are historic cars, a helicopter and a place to stop and purchase a snack for your children. We ordered our kids a snack at the small restaurant, and they took their time looking at the cars while munching on their snacks.

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Just when we thought that we were done exploring the library – we were wrong. The artifacts and memorabilia continued until ending with a video on the passing of Ronald Reagan. The kids purchased a souvenir from the gift shop, and then took their time running around the large grassy area outside of the library.

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At the end of the tour, there is also a full-size restaurant where families can have lunch before leaving the library. While we were sitting on the grass outside of the library, our children were talking to each other about the different things that they learned during their visit. What my husband and I found was that all of our children took something different away from their visit.

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Having stayed in Los Angeles the evening before visiting the library allowed our family to get the most out of our day without having to endure the long drive twice in one day. Your family can have the same experience by participating in Culture L.A. from now until May 19th. If your family books one night at a participating L.A. hotel then you’ll receive a buy one, get one free admission to over 30 L.A. museums with estimated savings of $300! Make your reservations for a Los Angeles, family staycation online at Discover Los Angeles.

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The Ronald Reagan Library
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065

The Museum is open daily between 10:00am and 5:00pm

General Admission: $16.00
Senior Admission (62+): $13.00
Youth Admission (11-17): $9.00
Child Admission (3-10): $6.00 (children 2 and under are free)
GuideCam Rental: $7.00
Active Military: Free with valid Military ID – Active military do NOT need to reserve tickets online, all walk-ups will receive Museum entry (please have all guests pre-purchase their tickets)

Participating institutions are:
Annenberg Space for Photography; Aquarium of the Pacific; Autry National Center; Battleship IOWA; California Science Center; Craft & Folk Art Museum; East West Players; Fowler Museum at UCLA; Geffen Playhouse; Getty Center & Getty Villa; Hollywood Museum; Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens; Japanese American National Museum; LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes; LA Stage Alliance; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; LACMA; Los Angeles Master Chorale; Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust; Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens; Music Center; Museum of Latin American Art; Museum of Tolerance; NoHo Arts District; Skirball Cultural Center; Ronald Reagan Presidential Library; USC Pacific Asia Museum; Valley Performing Arts Center, and Zimmer Children’s Museum.

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