L.A. Art Museum Kids 2011 Summer Activities – New Calendar!

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Do you have a list of special things you’d like to do with your kids this summer? I do, and as summer charges along, I’m noticing that I still haven’t gotten to most of them — okay, well make that any of them.  I’ve fallen into a comfortable routine of sending the kids to camp, or going to the park and the beach.  Mind you, these are all fun activities.  They’re just not that out of the ordinary.  Every time I think of planning an exciting new adventure, I can’t seem to find the time to sit down at my computer and figure out what’s happening in L.A. this summer.

Well, I’ve decided to change all that and make it easy for you and me to find new things to do. Yesterday, I completed a survey of summer family activities offered at our local art museums.  I can’t believe how much there is do — hands-on art activities, exhibitions, movie matinees, storytelling, and outdoor concerts. There’s literally something for everyone.  And guess what, they’re almost all free!

Every week this summer, I’ll be posting a Museum Stories calendar of family fun activities at L.A. art museums.  Some weeks I’ll even feature  a “Pick of the Week” activity in case you have a hard time deciding what to do.  Always click on the link of any activity you plan to attend for details, and to confirm the date and time. Museum schedules can, and do change, from time to time. And be sure to subscribe to this blog so you can get an email copy of this calendar every week.

Enjoy your summer adventures!

Weekday Family Activities – July 7, 8, 9, 10

LACMA – Weekdays
Monday and Friday: 2–2:30 pm
Boone Children’s Gallery, Hammer Building
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 12–5 pm; Sat and Sun: 11 am–5 pm, drop-in
Boone Children’s Gallery, Hammer Building

Getty Villa Weekdays
ART ODYSSEY FOR FAMILIES: Gallery tour activity
Wednesdays – Fridays: 12 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour.

Getty Center – Weekdays
FAMILY ART STOPS: Gallery tour activity
Tuesdays – Fridays: 10:30 am, 2 pm, 2:30 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center. Sign-up begins 30 minutes before the program.

Norton Simon -Thursday
ADVENTURES UNDER THE SUN: Gallery adventures and art activities
This week’s outdoor program: “Out in the Wild: Sitting Cheetah”
Thursday, July 7: 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Family Weekend Activities – July 8, 9, 10

LACMAFriday Night
STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES: Stories Round a(flashlight) campfire
This week’s program: “Traveling with Ghosts—Not Too Scary Tales from Around the World”
Friday, July 8: 7 pm
Free with general admission; seating is limited.

Norton Simon MuseumFriday Night
FAMILY ART NIGHT: “Picasso’s Pipe-Cleaner People”
Friday, July 8: 6:30–7:30 pm

Craft and Folk Art Museum Saturday Afternoon
CRAFTlab FAMILY WORKSHOP: “Cardboard Characters”
Saturday, July 9: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, drop-in
$5 per person.  Free to CAFAM Family Members and above

LACMASaturday Afternoon
This week’s movie: “Fantastic Voyage”
Saturday, July 9: 2 pm

LACMASaturday Evening
LATIN SOUNDS: Free Summer Concerts in the park
This week’s concert: Bobby Rodriguez Latin Jazz
Saturday, July 9: 5 pm

LACMA – Sunday Afternoon
Sunday, July 10:  12:30–3:30 pm
North Piazza, no reservations

Hammer Museum – Sunday Morning
This week’s movie: “The Red Pony”
Sunday, July 10: 11:00 am
Recommended for ages 8+

Hammer MuseumSunday Afternoon
FAMILY WORKSHOP: “Oh, the Monstrosity”
Sunday, Jul 10: 12:00 pm
Ages 8–13.  Reservations are encouraged.

Getty Villa – Weekends
ArtQuest!: Art activity workshop
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am – 3:30 pm, drop-in
Outer Peristyle, Getty Villa
ART ODYSSEY FOR FAMILIES: Gallery tour activity
Saturday and Sunday: 2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa.  Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour.

Getty Center – Weekends
FAMILY ART LAB: Feathers, Fur and Fun!
Outdoor art activity workshop
Saturday and Sunday through July 24: 11 am – 3:30 pm, drop-in
Family Room Patio, Getty Center
ART ADVENTURES FOR FAMILIES: Gallery tour activity
Saturday and Sunday: 2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Center.  Sign-up begins at 1:30 p.m.


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