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10 Fun Things For Kids To Do at the L.A. Auto Show

By David Markland
Published: Friday, November 19, 2010, at 10:18AM
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The Mini display features a car filled with money and wall hugging cars.

Unless you're among the dads with children who are gearheads, making a day of the L.A. Auto Show could be a challenge. Fortunately, we have you covered.

Running ten days from Friday, November 19th through Tuesday the 28th, the annual car show has more than a handful of kid friendly activities. Here's a look at ten things to distract your kids with while perusing for cars:

The Mini Display Whoever designed this setup clearly didn't outgrow their Hot Wheels sets, as assorted Minis are placed in action scenarios that will stir any kids imagination. One mini is hugging the wall driving along Antarctica, another has a rope tied around it, ready to lift it from a forest, another is seemingly filled with cash. Paying homage to the vehicles British roots, a red phone booth invites anyone in to pick up the phone (where they'll hear a pitch for the Mini - cool nonetheless). A timeline of the Mini's history rounds things out in an effort to make the most exciting setup at the LA Auto Show an educational one.

Camaro's Bullet Time Video Booth I'm awarding this one "the coolest thing to check out at the L.A. Auto Show:" jump in front of the 2011 Camaro Convertible and be captured in a "bullet time" video. Using the technology made famous in the Matrix films, 27 digital cameras will snap all at once, then immediately upload it to Facebook, Twitter, or email to grandma. You can see this writer's video here.

Incredible Cross Sections. What kid doesn't like to rip open their toys to see how things work? A number of automakers have done the same with their big toys, slicing their vehicles in half to let people see the guts. A sliced 2011 Ford Explorer Limited even allows for up close touching.

Tag Up Your Own 2012 Ford Fiesta using a large format touch screen display. It's like a giant coloring book, but where you get to encourage your kid to spraypaint a car. When done, you can email the image to grandma.

The Xbox Kinect may end up on your kid's wish list after they try it here. The gaming system features hands free controls. At their booth, play a driving game simply by holding your hands up at the three and nine o'clock positions you'll be steering a virtual wheel. Don't forget to let your kid's give it a try.

Slot Track Racing Up to four people can compete against each on driving small versions of the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss at large tabletop slot track. Clever kids will quickly figure out at which turn to gun their car to make it flip and wreck.

Rounding out the list, Kentia Hall, located in the West Hall's lower level, provides a number of activities appealing to kids.

The whole family can test ride a Mobo three wheeled cruiser, snap a photo next to the Green Hornet's weaponized Chrysler Imperial, or even check out a Shamwow! demonstration (what kid wouldn't like that?).

Finally, The Nissan Quest Kids Fun Zone is set aside specifically for the 12 and under crowd, with bounce houses, video games, and the Dodge Kids' Course for the little ones to get behind the wheel. The Fun Zone is only open November 20-21 & 26-28, 9:00 am – 8:00pm.

If you have any other kid friendly suggestions for anyone visiting the Auto Show, please share it in the comments.


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