L.A. Museum 2011 Summer Kids Activities Calendar – Week 2

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Will the closure of the 405 freeway (aka “carmageddon”) cramp L.A.’s museum style this week?  Well, as far as the city’s museums are concerned, no way!  L.A. museums will be open during the 405 closure July 16 & 17 with the exception of two. Due to their 405 freeway adjacent locations, the Getty Center Museum and the Skirball Cultural Center will be closed this Saturday and Sunday.

But as this week’s calendar shows, there are still plenty of family activities in Los Angeles to enjoy. In fact, if you live nearby, L.A. art museums may be a peaceful cultural oasis away from possible traffic gridlock. If you live around the Miracle Mile district, for instance, you can walk or ride your bike to several museums to see current exhibitions like “Tim Burton” at LACMA, and “Ann Weber: Love and other Audacities” at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Or check-out my Pick of the Week for Saturday  LACMA’s LATIN SOUNDS — a free summer concert in the park. Bring a blanket, picnic, and let your kids dance on the grass to the music of Brazilian singer Katia Moraes. And don’t forget about the Metro lines.  They can take you downtown to MOCA, and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA where you can see the controversial exhibition “Art in the Streets.”

Week of July 11-17: Highlighted programs indicate special programs for this week only; or repeating programs that feature a new theme, performer, or movie each week/month.  All other program listings repeat daily/weekly throughout the summer.  Always click on the link of any activity you plan to attend for program 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 to get an email copy of this calendar every week.

Weekday Kids Activities – July 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

LACMA – Weekdays
Monday and Friday: 2–2:30 pm
Boone Children’s Gallery, Hammer Building, Free with NexGen membership
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. Ages 5+

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. Ages 5+

FAMILY ROOM – Interactive activity space
Families can draw, build, and play together (see blog post).
Daily, except Mondays and July 16 and 17. Drop-in during Museum hours.

Norton Simon -Thursday
ADVENTURES UNDER THE SUN: Gallery adventures and art activities
This week’s program: “Knights, Damsels and Castles: Bijert, Goya and Savery.”
Thursday, July 14: 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Skirball Cultural Center  – Weekdays
Dig It! Archaeology Adventures: an archaeological simulated dig activity.
Thursday and Friday.  Drop-in during Museum hours.

Daily, except Mondays and July 16–17
All ages.  Included with Museum admission; no reservations

NOAH’S ARK – Interactive activity space
Families can climb, build, explore, and make art together.
Daily, except Mondays and July 16-17
Special admission fee required.  Free to Members and Children under 2. 
Free to all visitors on Thursdays. Advance tickets recommended weekends, Thursdays, and school holidays.

Weekend Kids Activities – July 15, 16, 17

LACMAFriday Night
STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES: Stories Round a(flashlight) campfire
This week’s program: “Spiders, Bears, and Other Tales of Critters That Give You the Shivers”
Friday, July 15: 7 pm
Free with general admission; seating is limited.  Tickets available one hour before program.

LACMASaturday Afternoon

This week’s movie: “The Thing”
Saturday, July 16: 2 pm

LACMASaturday Evening
LATIN SOUNDS: Free Summer Concerts in the park
This week’s concert: Katia Moraes
Saturday, July 16: 5 pm

LACMA – Sunday Afternoon
Sunday, July 17:  12:30–3:30 pm
North Piazza, Free with NexGen membership, no reservations.

Norton Simon Museum Sunday Afternoon
FAMILY FESTIVAL: “Who Says a Poem Has to Express How You Feel?
View and discuss works of art and create poems.
Advance registration required. 20 Students per class. Ages 8-13


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