Lighter Evenings: Hello, Daylight Saving Time

Where will you go now that evenings'll be sunnier?

Few annual events are dissected, pondered, welcomed, and, yes, moaned over more than Daylight Saving Time.

Everyone has has an opinion about whether the spring or fall DST event is better -- proponents of fall like the extra hour you get that day, proponents of spring are happy that it is light later -- and many people add an "s" onto the end of Saving. (Not necessary, though Savings is common enough that it has now entered the lexicon in an easy fashion, in the way things do.)

Daylight Saving Time arrives on Sunday, March 9, and, indeed, you'll spring forward at 2 a.m., or the night before, if you set your clocks ahead before bed.

You totally do that, right? Good.

Happy about that "extra" hour of daylight at night? Many people are. Here's where to make the most of a sunnier evening...

LACMA: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is free to Los Angeles County residents after 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (that's every week, but note LACMA is closed on Wednesdays). This is a most excellent deal, of course, but it gets slightly excellenter -- hmm, now we're pretty sure that's a word not yet in the lexicon -- come Fridays. The museum's open through 8 p.m., and it's a pleasure to get there before sundown, to watch Urban Light go aglow. A fine and free place to spend the sunnier evenings.

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY: Some might argue that observatories are made for night, as in pure darkness, where the stars are out and the sun has gone bye-bye. But we'd make the case that our city's astronomy-awesome landmark is a place that reaches its maximum awesome-o-sity (yeah, probably another not-word) around evening. Why? Because city lights a-twinkle, sun setting to the west. You've been there, you know. Enjoy it after work, before it gets dark.

PACIFIC PARK: The Santa Monica Pier play spot keeps up partial operation hours on weekdays, save Fridays, until 7 p.m. Want to ride a ride after work and see the sun take its nightly dip in the Pacific? Longer evening means you can. The hours'll get later and longer as summer nears, so bone up on all things Pac Park before driving west.

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