"Puzzles, Old and New," the Craft and Folk Art Museum's current exhibit, is one for the entire family. It's all subtitled "Head Crackers, Patience Provers and Other Tactile Teasers"--so go mentally prepared.
On one wall, there are stacks of newsprint covered with mazes and a bin of pencils nearby. Step right up and try your skills (kids, too), and then take home your sheet. Nearby, visitors are invited to sit at a tiny table and work a wooden puzzle that asks you to move blocks in a square around a dinosaur. Next, two oversized disentanglement puzzles are ready for the solving. All of these will be explained by handy docents when your frustration level has reached its limit. Up in the third-floor gallery, a collection of coffee tables in triangle, parallelogram and square shapes are waiting to be arranged in configurations that seem so easy at first glance. Good luck!
The Craft and Folk Art Museum is at 5814 Wilshire Blvd., across from the La Brea Tar Pits. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $1.50 for adults, 75 cents for kids. Older children might enjoy a grown-up meal in the museum's Egg and The Eye restaurant. Younger ones and families on a budget, might opt for the snack stand at the tar pits. There's also an upscale Marie Callender's across the street. The exhibition runs through Feb 22.