L.A. Museum 2011 Summer Kids Activities Calendar: Week 5

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The Hammer Museum’s kicking off the month of August with two family programs this weekend, a free movie matinee and a kid’s workshop.  Sunday, the Hammer presents their third and final summer “Family Flick “Toby Tyler”(1960). A film about a boy who runs away from home and joins the circus (click on the link to see the trailer).

Last month we went to see our first Hammer Family Flick.  I wasn’t sure what my boys would think of the 1949 classic film “The Red Pony.”  Would they like a movie without special effects, 3-D thrills, and a blaring DJ inspired soundtrack?  Well you know what, they did. There’s something so timeless about a movie with a good story (from John Steinbeck) and great actors (like Robert Mitchum).

For older children there’s a  Hammer Kids WorkshopArtful Words: When Copying Isn’t Bad” on Sunday. Art educator and poet Theresa Sotto leads this workshop designed for 10-14 year-olds.  Kids can copy phrases from their favorite tunes and create new art.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat before or after these programs, I recommend the  “The Stand” in Westward. It’s an updated version of a classic American hamburger and hot dog stand, just a block’s walk away from the Hammer.  We ate lunch at the “The Stand” after we saw the “Red Pony” last month.  The kids loved their hamburgers, fries, and chocolate shakes.  And if you’re a vegetarian like me, they make a pretty tasty veggie burger.  Also new on the calendar is LACMA’s Free Family Sundays artist-led workshop “Crazy About Color” which repeats every Sunday in August.

Week of August 1-7: Orange highlighted program titles 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 activity links 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 Family Activities – August 1, 2, 3, 4, 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.

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.

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

Norton Simon – Thursdays
THURSDAY SUMMER FUN
Gallery adventures and hands-on activities
This week’s program: “Explore the Heavens: Kandinsky”
Thursday, August 4: 1-3:00 pm

Skirball Cultural Center  – Weekdays
DIG IT!: Archaeological simulated dig activity.
Thursday and Friday.  Drop-in during Museum hours.

Family Weekend Activities – August 5, 6, 7

LACMA – Saturday Afternoon
SATURDAY MONSTER MATINEES
This week’s movie: “Jason and the Argonauts”
Saturday, August 6: 2 pm

LACMA – Saturday Evening
LATIN SOUNDS: Free Summer Concerts in the park
This week’s concert: Orquesta Charangoa
Saturday, August 6: 5 pm

Skirball Cultural Center – Saturday Afternoon
FAMILY AMPHITHEATER PERFORMANCES – Saturday Afternoon
Performering: “Kinetic Theory” – circus arts performance
Saturday, August 6: 12:00 and 2:00 pm
Included with Museum admission; no reservations

Hammer Museum – Sunday Afternoon
HAMMER KIDS WORKSHOP:
“Artful Words: When Copying Isn’t Bad”
Sunday, August 7: 12-2 pm

Ages 10-14
FAMILY FLICKS
This month’s movie: “Toby Tyler”
Sunday, August 7, 11 am
Recommended for ages 6+

LACMA – Sunday Afternoon
FREE FAMILY SUNDAYS WORKSHOP: “Crazy About Color”
Sunday, August 7:  12:30–3:30 pm
North Piazza, no reservations

Skirball Cultural Center – Sunday Afternoon
FAMILY AMPHITHEATER PERFORMANCES
Sunday, August 7: 12:00 and 2:00 pm
Performing:  Lou Serrano – magical performance 
Included with Museum admission; no reservations
SPELLBINDING SUNDAYS
Sunday, August 7:  Intermittently 12:00-2:00 pm
Throughout the run of the Houdini exhibition, strolling magicians perform magic.
All ages. Included with Museum Admission, no reservations

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: Fancy Fashions!
Outdoor art activity workshop
Saturday and Sunday: 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.

Daily Family Activities

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

LACMA
BOONE CHILDREN’S GALLERY
Family activity space for Korean painting
Daily, except Wednesdays
Free tickets required – available at museum box office.

Skirball Cultural Center
SUMMER DROP-IN ART STUDIO
Daily, except Monday
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 Monday
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.

 

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