Here it is! The Museum Stories Kids Activities Calendar for Fall 2011. Like our popular weekly Summer Calendar, it’s a comprehensive list of family events at L.A. art museums. The only difference is that it’s monthly instead of weekly. And that’s because museums offer fewer family programs during the school year. But don’t worry, the calendar still has plenty of educational, creative, and fun things to do in Los Angeles for kids.
September kids activities feature an eclectic mix of artful themes including pies, bird feeders, and lutes. This weekend (September 17-18), LACMA will be hosting the third annual KCRW Good Food Pie Contest on Sunday. They’ll be a pie judging contest, an apron fashion show, and an inedible pie-making family activity, and lots of pie to eat too! Plus a sweet live soundtrack by Guest KCRW DJ Anne Litt (love her!). Or, your kids can make their own gourd bird feeders at the Fowler Museum, or Vermeer lute-inspired string instruments at the Norton Simon.
Next weekend (September 24-25), the Hammer’s Family Flick is the (1938) classic “Bringing up Baby” — one of my all-time favorites. I can’t wait to share this hilarious Gary Grant and Katheryn Hepburn comedy about a runaway tiger with my boys. Check out the trailer and you’ll see why. There’s also an artist-led workshop at the Hammer about the role of sketchbooks and journals in the artistic process for kids 8-12 years, and an art-making and storytelling activity about family portraits at the Norton Simon for all ages.
In addition to these special events, LACMA, the Skirball, and the Getty Museums offer great regularly scheduled weekend family activities which are also listed below. Always click on activity links for program details, and to confirm the date and time. And be sure to subscribe to this blog to get an email copy of this calendar every month. Enjoy!
September Museum Family Events
Getty Center Museum
FAMILY ART STOPS
30 minute family gallery tour activity
Every Saturday and Sunday: 2 pm, 2:30 pm
Space limited. Sign-up begins 30 minutes before tour. Ages 5+
Getty Villa Museum
ART ODYSSEY FOR FAMILIES
45 minutes family gallery tour activity
Every Saturday and Sunday: 2 pm
Space limited. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before tour. Ages 5+
Reservations required for museum admission.
Fowler Museum at UCLA
KIDS IN THE COURTYARD
Family Workshop: Gourd Bird Feeders
Sunday, September 18: 1-4 pm
FREE FAMILY FLICKS: Bringing up Baby
Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn (1938) comedy classic
Sunday, September 25: 11 am
Free. Recommended ages 6+
HAMMER KIDS WORKSHOP: Observation Collection
Workshop led by graphic artist and designer Adam Reid Janusz
Sunday, September 25: 12 pm
Free. Ages 8-12
AFTER-SCHOOL ADVENTURES: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Stories and art projects in and around the Children’s Garden
Wednesday, September 21: 3:00-3:45 pm
Ages 5-6 yrs. Fee includes one accompanying adult; $10 members, and $15 non-members.
KCRW GOOD FOOD PIE CONTEST: A Slice of Pie
Pie contest, apron fashion show, KCRW’s guest DJ, and family workshop (below).
September 18, 12:30-4 pm
FREE FAMILY SUNDAYS WORKSHOP: We Want Pie!
“Inedible” pie art-making activity
Sunday, September 18 & 25: 12:30-3:30 pm.
Free. No reservations
Norton Simon Museum
FAMILY DAY: The Woman with a Lute
Make a musical instrument inspired by Vermeer’s painting
Saturday, September 17: 1-3 pm
STORIES IN THE AFTERNOON: Family Portraits
Storytelling and art-making activity
Sunday, September 25: 2-3 pm
Skirball Cultural Center
Strolling magicians perform magic throughout the run of the exhibition
Masters of Illusion:Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age
Every Sunday: Intermittently 12:00-2:00 pm
All ages. Included with Museum Admission, no reservations
Museum Family Activity Spaces
Getty Villa Museum FAMILY FORUM
Families explore ancient art together with hands-on activities including 3D puzzles, vase decorating, and shadow-play Greek theater props.
Daily, except Tuesday. Drop-in. Reservations required for museum admission.
LACMA BOONE CHILDREN’S GALLERY
Family activity space for Korean painting
Daily, except Wednesdays
Free tickets required – available at museum box office.
Children’s Storytime on Mondays and Fridays: 2 pm
Skirball NOAH’S ARK
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.