Cross-Curricular School Trip To Los Angeles
LA synonymous with the film industry and Hollywood Glamour but Los Angeles offers so much more! Entertainment and performing arts certainly but also art, music, science and geography to excite and enthral your students.
Walk along Hollywood Blvd and visit Dolby's Chinese Theatre
See the iconic Hollywood sign from Griffith Park
Learn about Space at the California Science Center
Go Behind the Scenes at Warner Brothers Studios
* Please note, entrance fees for the featured excursions and guides as detailed are included in typical price.
Recommended excursions while you're in Los Angeles
Students can see for themselves the famous places so often seen in films and on TV. Beverly Hills is the stomping ground of the rich and famous and the glitzy Rodeo Drive is where they come to shop. Or take a trip down Hollywood Boulevard and see the famous names on the Walk of Fame, a tribute to artists working in the entertainment industry.
A chance to get a behind the scenes glimpse at this popular film studios with a knowledgeable guide. See outdoor sets and soundstages from well-known film and TV productions such as The Big Bang Theory, La La Land and Friends. The tour includes displays of props, costumes and vehicles including the Batmobile Collection. There is a working replica of the Central Perk Café from Friends.
Go behind the scenes on the legendary Universal Studios tour to explore Hollywood’s most famous backlot. Students climb aboard trams for a video-hosted tour that shows them Jaws lurking beneath the waters, explosive special effects of the Fast and the Furious, Wisteria Lane from the hit series Desperate Housewives and the legendary Bates Motel from Psycho.
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the walkable town of Santa Monica north of Los Angeles. Attractions include the sandy beach and famous pier, the Pacific Park amusement park, Looff Hippodrome Carousel and Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. The original muscle beach is located next to the pier.
Head to the popular Six Flags Magic Mountain Theme Park 35 miles northwest of downtown LA. The Park is best known for its many roller coasters and has featured in film and TV productions. Themed areas include DC Universe inspired by the comics, Bugs Bunny World inspired by Looney Tune characters and Rapids Camps Crossing, a campsite set deep in the American wilderness.
Take a guided walking tour of downtown LA to see some great street art. Los Angeles is a city of a thousand murals and graffiti filled alleyways. Guides are artists who will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for their communities.
Designed by architect Richard Meier the Getty Center art campus sits on top of a hill in the Santa Monica Mountains. The museum features pre 20th century European Art including Van Gogh’s famous irises, 19th and 20th century American and International photographs and contemporary and modern sculpture. Outdoor sculpture is displayed on terraces and a large Central Garden designed by Robert Irwin.
The Villa is an elaborate recreation of a first century Roman country house designed to house J Paul Getty’s extensive antiquities collection dating from the end of the stone age to the fall of the Roman Empire. There are approximately 44,000 Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities.
Located on Museum Row this is the largest art museum in the Western United States with over 150,000 works from ancient times to the present day. The collection includes European, Japanese, Islamic and Latin American Art. Amongst the most popular exhibits are Chris Burdens Urban Lights sculpture (2008), Weeping Woman with a Handkerchief by Picasso and the 17th century Virgin of Guadalupe by Manuel de Arellano.
Enjoy amazing views of the city and the Hollywood sign from the Griffith Observatory on the South facing slope of Mount Hollywood. The Observatory is open to the public and exhibits include the largest astronomical image in the world, pieces of meteorite and the Tesla Coil. The lawn and terraces also have exhibits. Live shows are held each day in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.
This interactive science centre focusses on inventions, innovations and life science. Four major exhibition areas are the World of Life, Creative World, Ecosystems and the most famous exhibit the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Learn the story of the space shuttle programme and its links to California. Amongst the many air and space exhibits see Endeavours Galley, Space Potty and a nose cone from a space shuttle external tank.
This is an active Ice Age dig site and museum right within the city. Animals such as the American mastodon, sabre-toothed cats, wolves, ground sloth and ancient bison became trapped in the tar here and preserved. Many fossils are on display in the museum and recently excavated fossils can be seen in the fossil Lab. Discover the Lake Pit and the Observation Pit where fossils are still embedded and the live dig site.
Take a half hour guided walking tour of the “Home of the Academy Awards” (The Oscars). Visit the Dolby lounge and see a genuine Oscar statuette and images from past Award ceremonies. Walk the “Winner’s Walk” where winners photos are taken. This famous theatre is also the concert venue for many global superstars and the home of events such as America’s Got Talent and the American Idol.
Experience the extensive 360 degree views of LA from high up at the US Bank Tower. See iconic landmarks such as the Hollywood sign, Capitol Records, Dodger Stadium and Santa Monica Pier. Learn more about the city and its famous personalities. Enjoy interactive technology. Take a thrilling ride on the 45 foot glass enclosed Skyslide on the exterior of the Tower almost 1,000 feet up.
This historic 1930’s open-air land mark is a great place to get something to eat with dozens of food stalls and specialty shops. There are many small family run businesses that have been in the market for years. A favourite meeting place the market caters for all tastes. There are plenty of other shopping opportunities around the market.
Focussing on the history and winners of the world-renowned Grammy music awards this interactive museum also aims to educate about musical genres in general. Inspiring exhibitions Interactive touch-screens, videos, and recording booths are used to explore the history and cultural significance of popular and classical music.
Typical Los Angeles accommodation
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
Learning outcomes gained from a cross-curricular trip to Los Angeles
- Experience learning outside the classroom in another country
- Gain a deeper understanding of the Californian culture
- Explore the history and development of the entertainment industry in Hollywood
- Build confidence and learn new & valuable skills
- Explore the local area with fellow students and teachers
Students will have an opportunity to:
- Visit a foreign country and experience another culture
- Gain independence and self-confidence
- Strengthen existing friendships and made new friends
- Gain personal organisation skills, co-operation skills and work with others in a variety of environments