L.A. Museum 2011 Summer Kids Activities Calendar: Week 6

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We’re back from our family road trip to the California Eastern Sierras, and I can’t stop thinking about nature!  We traveled from the red-orange sunsets of the Mojave desert, to the emerald green bays and snow-capped mountains of Lake Tahoe.  I still can’t get over the beauty of our state’s summer landscape. That’s why my nature-inspired “Picks of the Week”  are all about getting out and enjoying summer gardens, free concerts, and bug catching activities (yes, I did get bitten by a few flying fiends).

Free family concerts at the Getty Museum and the Huntington top my list this weekend. The Getty Museum has free Garden Concerts for Kids every Saturday and Sunday in August — a great opportunity to bring a picnic, relax on the grass, and take in the beauty of the Getty Center’s Central Garden.  Or visit the Huntington on Sunday for a free Youth Concert.  Hear young musicians play contemporary and classical music in Friends’ Hall, and then explore the Huntington’s Children’s Garden which has plenty of great water features to cool-off the kids. For those of you in search of an art activity, check-out the Craft and Folk Art Museum’s (CAFAM) CRAFTlab “Containers for Bug Collectors.”  The whole family can make creative habitats for our backyard bugs and creepy crawlers.

Calendar Week of August 8-14: 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 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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: “Exciting India: Dancing Ganesh”
Thursday, August 11: 1-3:00 pm

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

Weekend Family Activities – August 12, 13, 14

NORTON SIMON MUSEUM– Friday Night
FAMILY ART NIGHT: “Maps and Charts”
Friday, August 12: 6:30-7:30 pm

LACMA – Saturday Afternoon
SATURDAY MONSTER MATINEES
This week’s movie: “Mothra”
Saturday, August 13: 2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center – Saturday Afternoon
FAMILY AMPHITHEATER PERFORMANCES – Saturday Afternoon
Performing this week: “The Squeegees” – Family music
Saturday, August 13: 12:00 and 2:00 pm
Included with Museum admission; no reservations

Craft and Folk Art Museum – Saturday Afternoon
CRAFTlab WORKSHOP: “Containers for Bug Collectors”
Family art-making workshop
Saturday, August 13: 1:30-3:30, drop-in
$5 per person, CAFAM Family Members and above -Free
Recommended ages 3+

LACMA – Saturday Evening
LATIN SOUNDS: Free Summer Concerts in the park
Performing this week: Rogelio Mitchell
Saturday, August 13: 5:00-7:00 pm

Fowler Museum – Sunday Afternoon
KIDS IN THE COURTYARD: “Float Your Boat”
Family art-making workshop
Sunday, August 14: 1:00-4:00pm, drop-in

The Huntington Library – Sunday Afternoon
FREE YOUTH CONCERT
Young musicians perform from the Virtuoso International Flute Ensemble and the CalStateLA Symphony Ochestra/Olympia Youth Orchestra
Sunday, August 14: 2:00 pm.
Friends’ Hall, no reservations.

LACMA – Sunday Afternoon
FREE FAMILY SUNDAYS WORKSHOP: “Crazy About Color”
Sunday, August 14:  12:30–3:30 pm
North Piazza, no reservations

Skirball Cultural Center – Sunday Afternoon
FAMILY AMPHITHEATER PERFORMANCES
Sunday, August 14: 12:00 and 2:00 pm
Performing this week:  “Street Beat” – STOMP-inspired percussion/dance 
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
GARDEN CONCERTS FOR KIDS
Performing this weekend: “Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could”
Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14: 4:00-5:30 pm
Museum Central Garden, Getty Center
Free, no reservations
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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