L.A. Museum Kids Activities Summer 2011 Calendar: Last Week!

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It’s the last week of the Museum Stories Summer 2011 Calendar.  Summer just flew by for our family.  And, like always, I’m left with mixed emotions as the new school year approaches. Sure, I’m looking forward to the kids being in school all day so I can have some uninterrupted work time.  But I’m also sorry to see our carefree days come to an end.

My kids’ summer schedule was a nice blend of sport camps, family vacation time, and free days with nothing planned at all.  On those lazy days, the kids hung around in their pjs until noon, and we lingered at the beach or the college pool until early evening — all without the pressure of homework or class projects to finish.

And thanks to my weekly task of posting this calendar, we also did a lot of L.A. family fun museum activities. Our highlights were seeing a vintage family flick at the Hammer Museum, a live performance of Nigerian dance and music at the Fowler Museum, and going to the Skirball’s Houdini exhibition and Water Day festival (the Chinese acrobat who performed at the festival was amazing!).

Now how about your family, did this calendar help you find some fun things to do in L.A. with your kids this summer?  If it did, do you think I should continue it during the school year in a monthly format?   Let me know your thoughts. It’s easy to do, just enter your comments at the end of this post.

Enjoy the last days of summer!

Calendar Week of August 22-28: 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 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

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

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

Weekend Family Activities – August 19, 20, 21

LACMA – Friday Night
OUTDOOR FILMS SERIES – Last one!
This week’s movie:  Alice in Wonderland
Pack a picnic, bring some blankets, and enjoy a Tim Burton film under the stars.
Friday, August 26: 8-10 pm
Museum’s Hancock Park

LACMA – Saturday Afternoon
SATURDAY MONSTER MATINEES – Last one!
This week’s movie: “Horror of Dracula”
Saturday, August 27: 2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center – Saturday Afternoon
FAMILY AMPHITHEATER PERFORMANCES – Saturday Afternoon
This week: Antics Performance – Hip-hop dance
Saturday, August 27: 12:00 and 2:00 pm
Included with Museum admission; no reservations

LACMA – Saturday Evening
LATIN SOUNDS: Free Summer Concerts in the park
This week: Justo Almario Afro-Columbian Ensemble
Saturday, August 27: 5:00-7:00 pm

LACMA – Sunday Afternoon
FREE FAMILY SUNDAYS WORKSHOP 
“Crazy About Color” – Last one!
Sunday, August 28:  12:30–3:30 pm
North Piazza, no reservations

Skirball Cultural Center – Sunday Afternoon
FAMILY AMPHITHEATER PERFORMANCES
This week: We Tell Stories – Folktales from around the world
Sunday, August 28: 12:00 and 2:00 pm
Included with Museum admission; no reservations
SPELLBINDING SUNDAYS
Sunday, August 28:  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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