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Monday Madness- Win a Family Four Pack of tickets for the Page Museum/La Brea Tarpits

This giveaway is now closed. We used Random.org to select a winner  and number 36 was picked. Congratulations to commenter #36, Jenny, for winning the 4 pack of tickets. Enjoy your time at the Tar Pits!

Project 23.  It sounds like some sort of secret government operation taking place in the Nevada desert.  Who knew a parking garage excavation in the middle of Los Angeles could lead to the most important ice age fossil discoveries in the world?  I suppose the scientists who work at the Page Museum might have had an inkling. After all, the garage was set to be built only couple hundred yards from the famous La Brea Tar Pits, home to one of the largest known concentrations of Late Pleistocene fossils on the planet.

Instead of halting construction to do the excavation work on site, a job which would have taken years, paleontologists agreed that using massive tree boxes to move these giant fossil deposits to an area near Pit 91 would be a better option. In all, 23 boxes (hence the name) were moved and 28,768 hours have been spent excavating 16,097 specimens.  So far, 5 boxes are done and 2 are in progress.  That means there are 16 giant boxes that have yet to be cracked open!

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to climb up a ladder and into the two boxes currently being excavated.   I stood mere inches from an asphalt melded jumble of dire wolf and saber tooth cat bones which were carefully being excavated using nothing more than common dental tools.  Volunteers and staff talked enthusiastically to me about the work being done and the new discoveries being made all the time.  Their excitement was definitely contagious.

So what exactly is the big deal about these tree boxes full of dirt, asphalt and bones?  Before, Project 23, the museum only had 8 or 9 complete animal skeletons in its collection of over 1 million bones.  Since this new excavation has begun, it has produced more individual animals, including a mammoth, camel, weasel, snake, turtle, horse, bison, a juvenile mastadon, 6 saber tooth kittens, than 100 years of excavation at Rancho La Brea!

Asphalt still seeps in Hancock Park which surrounds the Page Museum.  Birds, reptiles, and small mammals still fall victim to the black goop, especially on warm sunny days when it is at its stickiest.   Visitors can smell the trademark stench of asphalt in the air and discover small seeps coming up in the grassy fields as they wander through the park and visit the Pit 91 or Project 23.  Then they can step inside the Page Museum and into a place dedicated to educating both young and old about the animals that roamed Los Angeles during the Ice Age.

Are you ready to take your kids to the tar pits? Then do we have a deal and steal for you!

The Deal: Every first Tuesday of the month, admission to the Page Museum is FREE!

The Steal: One lucky winner will receive a four pack of tickets to visit the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.

Number of winners: (1)

Details: One winner will receive 4 admissions to the Page Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN: Tell us your favorite ice age animal.

For additional entries, feel free to do any or all of the following.  Each one counts as an extra entry but be sure to LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ONE or the entry will not be counted.

  • Vote for us in the Cribsie’s under the “Smartest Family Travel Tips” section and then leave a comment letting us know you did.
  • Tweet a link to this Monday Mad Steal via @Trekaroo .

 

Rules and guidelines:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • US Residents only

Deadline to enter: Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11:59PM PST

What is Monday Madness?

Every Monday, Trekaroo announces on our blog, either a fantastic giveaway or an incredible deal.  It could be a green water bottle, a hotel stay on Maui or theme park tickets. Return every Monday to the Talking Trekaroo Blog for the details. Want a reminder? Become a Trekaroo member or follow us on facebook or twitter.

Disclosure: This complimentary product was received from the manufacturer to be reviewed by Trekaroo. The reviewer received no other compensation, and was not required to express any particular point of view.

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Sharlene Earnshaw (aka doubleadventure) is Blogger-in-chief for Trekaroo and the blogger behind Double the Adventure.

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37 Responses to Monday Madness- Win a Family Four Pack of tickets for the Page Museum/La Brea Tarpits

  1. Bridget Smith March 15, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    I am a sucker for the Mastadon for kind of a strange reason. One of the most important episodes of the TV show Bones is entitled “The Mastadon in the Room”. It’s a double entendre reflecting unresolved issues among the characters, but also a literal Mastadon skeleton which replaces the Jeffersonian lab.

    Yes, I am a geek 😉 A geek who is dying to visit the La Brea tar pits. So jealous Sharlene!

  2. Michelle March 15, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Looking forward to seeing a mastadon someday soon!

  3. Michelle March 15, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    I voted in the cribsie awards!

  4. Julissa S. March 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Favorite has to be the Mammoth! Fan on fb 🙂

  5. Nan L March 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    A Saber tooth cat!

  6. Elizabeth Bickford March 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Saber Tooth For Sure!

  7. Karin M March 16, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    I love the Woolly Mammoth!

  8. Theron N.Willis March 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Saber Tooth Tiger. Makes me want to eat raw meat.

  9. Vanessa Dalton March 17, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    My favorite Ice Age Animal is the Wooly Mammoth!
    Bonus entries done:
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    Fan Trekaroo on Facebook
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  10. Vanessa Dalton March 17, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I posted this giveaway on my fb wall using the share link above!

  11. Vanessa Dalton March 17, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I am a fan of Trekaroo on Facebook!

  12. Vanessa Dalton March 17, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I follow Trekaroo on Twitter!

  13. valerie March 17, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    mastadon – so huge!!

  14. valerie March 17, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    twitter follower
    valerie2350

  15. kolpin March 17, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    sabretoothed tiger

  16. Dawn Smith March 17, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    The Mammoth

  17. Dawn Smith March 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I voted for Trekaroo on Cribsie awards site

    amerpatrt at aol dot com

  18. Dawn Smith March 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I tweeted, ‘Visit Monday Mad Steal via @Trekaroo .’

    amerpatrt at aol dot com

  19. Dawn Smith March 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    I subscribed to Trekaroo blog by e-mail.

    amerpatrt at aol dot com

  20. Dawn Smith March 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I ‘Like’ Trekaroo on FB

    amerpatrt at aol dot com

  21. Dawn Smith March 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    I follow Trekaroo on Twitter!

    amerpatrt at aol dot com

  22. Venus M. March 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I really like the Woolly Mammoth!

  23. Kim Cotton March 18, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Mastadon, because I prefer browsers.
    p.s. I went with an extinct animal, but I’m also fond of bison who are said to have existed during the Ice Age as well and can be seen hanging out in our own Golden Gate Park.

  24. Kim Cotton March 18, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    I voted for Trekaroo in the Cribsie awards (well, I did so last night).

  25. Kim Cotton March 18, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    I don’t want to try to stack the deck in favor of me winning these tix but I follow trekaroo on twitter.

  26. Kim Cotton March 18, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Yeah, I like you on Facebook too.
    And did I mention I’m planning a SoCal trip in June and my kid LOVES science museums?

  27. Kim Cotton March 18, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    And even though I’d prefer to keep the number of entries small 😉 I’ve shared the contest link on my facebook page.

  28. skyla h March 18, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Got to love the Megatherium, would love to see one!

  29. skyla h March 18, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Fan on FB

  30. Mary Ellen Davison March 18, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Yes, the Wooly Mammoth would be great to see!

  31. Mary Ellen Davison March 18, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    I voted for you in Cribsies awards.

  32. Vicki Andrew March 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Like the sabor tooth tiger

  33. william mckinley March 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    im an admiring fan of the sabertooth tiger and thank you for reminding me about every first tuesday,wether i win or not we are going.thanks parking is expensive in the area but la has a wonderful bus system.

  34. Nancy Meyer March 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    I like sabretooth tigers! (Especially the one voiced by Denis Leary in Ice Age!)

    nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com

  35. Jenny March 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    wooly mammoth fan here!

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