On a recent episode of Under the Gunn with Tim Gunn, the designers took a trip to the Getty Villa for inspiration on their next challenge. I have only been to the Getty Villa once in college, which was before it went through a huge renovation. I thought it might be time to return with the kiddies.
We don’t often drive down PCH so that was exciting in itself. Mara was already asking about stopping at the beach once she saw it. But we arrived at the villa and was directed to park at a parking garage. I don’t remember this garage so this must be part of the new stuff.
An uphill path from the garage leads us to the entry pavilion where we took another elevator ride up to the cafe level. Then a winding path to the museum. I’m already wishing I didn't have to bring a stroller. But if I didn't, I would spend the whole day either carrying or chasing after the little guy.
The landing by the elevator gave you a chance to get oriented – with the amphitheater right in front, the café just beyond and the museum building on the right.
First order of business is lunch. Their café food is not your average sandwich joint. They had Mediterranean fare and items like beef brisket and baked rigatoni with oxtail ragu. I had the rigatoni and it was really good.
The kids couldn't wait to go to that amphitheater. It was a little scary to be at the top just because this little boy’s fearlessness might just make him roll down the steps. Back to the elevator to go down. Now they can check out the amphitheater.
|Amphitheater with cafe above|
They also had a sword, a shield and a lyre - all made of foam - for the kids to play with and use in the shadow theater.
The lady attending this area was kind enough to take a photo of the three of us behind the shadow screen.
Mara has a real affinity for water fountains and pools – any water feature, especially ones that you can throw coins in. The Getty Villa has plenty of water features for her to enjoy within the four garden areas, and even by museum store.
Her favorite spot was the koi pond in the Herb Garden, because one of the fishes jumped up when she held her hand out.
Although it seemed like we did so much just exploring and strolling around the villa, I feel like there was a lot more that we missed. I'm definitely up for a return trip in the near future. I'm sure the kids would enjoy it again.