VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE: The Croods Make Their Way To The La Brea Tar Pits And The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History During The Exciting, Family-Friendly “Camp Croods” Virtual Event – Join In On The Fun Now!

Camp Croods at La Brea Tar Pits
Photo Credits: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Saber-toothed cats and mammoths, oh my! It’s time to take a trip back in time and hang out with the Croods family during a spectacular, interactive, virtual event perfect for kids and their families to enjoy called “Camp Croods.” La Brea Tar Pits, part of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History have teamed up with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for an experience like no other to celebrate the release of The Croods: A New Age, now available on Digital and releasing on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on February 23rd.

With this one-of-a-kind, educational experience, “families will have the chance to meet real-life paleontologists and archaeologists, participate in DIY art projects, explore virtual tar pits (La Brea Tar Pits camp), take a virtual tour of the Human Origins exhibition (NMNH camp) and experience drawing demonstrations that bring the fan favorite prehistoric Croods characters to life” (source: press release).

This extraordinary event is an amazing way for kids to virtually and safely travel and explore what life was like during the Ice Age. It serves as a great escape for kids to enjoy, especially in the midst of the pandemic. Not only will kids have an absolute blast taking part in this free experience, but they will also learn a countless amount of invaluable information. Camp Croods truly is a unique and creative treat for kids, who will have an awesome time with all of the marvelous activities, and for parents, who will be left in awe with how informative this experience is.

Camp Croods at La Brea Tar Pits
Photo Credits: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Alexisjoyvipaccess had an outstanding time attending the media sneak peek event of Camp Croods at La Brea Tar Pits, so here’s a rundown of the memorable experience and what you can look forward to from this brilliant, virtual event.

At the Camp Croods at La Brea Tar Pits special preview event, attendees were able to get a look at clips from the exceptional film. Filled with lots of laughter, a great story about familial bonds, and tons of adventure, The Croods: A New Age, is a phenomenal movie that families will thoroughly love watching over and over again.

Afterwards, The Croods: A New Age director Joel Crawford kicked off the event with a magnificent introduction and even shared some of his favorite Croods characters including the “Rumbble Bee,” the “Kangadillo” and many more.

“As a director, I have a pretty fun job,” said Crawford. “I get to come up with an idea for a story that would be fun to tell and use a really talented team of artists to tell that story and bring it to life.”

Joel Crawford The Croods: A New Age
Photo Credits: Camp Croods Media Preview Event

The event continued with an excellent introduction to the La Brea Tar Pits, followed by a fascinating lesson about fossils with paleontologist Laura Tewksbury. Guests were able to interact with the event by even answering some polls and testing their knowledge on fossils. It was a captivating presentation and a stellar opportunity getting to see photos of fossils that were excavated from the La Brea Tar pits.

“Science’s strength is that it is always being updated,” said Tewskbury. “I love that that means there’s always more to be learning.”

Guests were then able to grab their pencils and papers and have a shot at drawing Chunky from The Croods: A New Age with the guidance of Dreamworks Story Artist Heidi Jo Gilbert.

Chunky Illustration The Croods A New Age
Photo Credits: Illustration created by Dreamworks Story Artist Heidi Jo Gilbert during Camp Croods Media Preview Event

Then, it was time to get crafty! Attendees had the chance to create a creature with the direction of museum educators Damaris Osuna and Diana Sanchez. Guests used their imagination to make their very own creature puppets. It was such an excellent, hands-on activity for kids to take part in and add their own flair to their spectacular creature. From glitter to yarn and beyond, kids were able to add their own personality and originality to their creature puppet.

Following the terrific arts and crafts activity, Brian Meredith and Mark Whitten gave a sensational presentation discussing how they use art to communicate science and discoveries.

The incredible event ended with a Q&A session with all the speakers and director Joel Crawford. Needless to say, the Camp Croods preview event was truly an experience to remember! Parents will be so thrilled to see the big smiles across their children’s faces. Camp Croods is a stupendous way to combine art, science, entertainment and education all into one event that kids will be non-stop raving about!

If you’re looking for a joyful way to spend some time with your kids, be sure to register now for the Camp Croods experience. You’re getting tons of knowledge, great fun facts and stimulating activities all for free with this fantastic event.

Camp Croods
Photo Credits: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Be sure to register for the Camp Croods experience – dates and times are below. Plus, make it a full-day of amusement by watching The Croods: A New Age, available now on Digital and releasing on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on February 23rd from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Camp Croods at La Brea Tar Pits

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021, 3pm- 4:30pm PT
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021, 10-11:30am PT

FREE. Registration required. RSVP at


Camp Croods at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6pm-7pm ET

FREE. Registration required. RSVP at


Comment below and tell me or tweet me at @alexisjoyvipacc, have you seen The Croods: A New Age yet? If so, what was your favorite part of the film?!

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