November 2011 Museum Kids Activities Calendar

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In this month’s Museum Stories calendar, you’ll find over 3o listings of fun things to do with kids at L.A. art and cultural museums.  November’s programs are all about the beauty of the autumn season, family gatherings, and the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving is a great time to teach our children the importance of helping people who are less fortunate.  My family and I will be participating in Santa Monica Museum of Art’s (SMMoA) Thanksgiving donation drive and art workshop Cause for Creativity on Sunday (11/6). Join us as we create decorative reusable bags from recycled t-shirts.  Our bags will be used to deliver donated goods to homeless women at OPCC.

I love fall in Los Angeles and the way the autumn sun casts a warm golden hue over the city’s landscape.  Explore the glorious colors of the season at the Getty Center Museum’s family drawing workshop Exploring Color (11/12), make abstract mosaics at the Norton Simon’s family workshop Creating Color with Light (11/19), or have an Alice in Wonderland inspired afternoon family tea (11/20) while enjoying the Huntington Gardens’ fall colors.

There are festive kids art classes offered this month at museums too.  Kids (7-12 yrs) can make colorful pumpkin flower arrangements for the Thanksgiving table at The Huntington (11/19).  Burgeoning young writers (8-13 yrs) can use their creativity to reconstruct a fanciful tale in the Hammer’s artist led workshop (11/13).  And for teenagers, checkout the two-day printmaking workshop at the Norton Simon (11/5-11/6), and the digital photograph workshop at the Huntington (11/12 and/or 11/19).

Museums are closed Thanksgiving day, but they’re open over the long holiday weekend – several even have special family programs.  The Norton Simon has a family (4-8 yrs) storytelling and art-making activity inspired by Van Gogh’s colorful Mulberry Tree on Sunday (11/27).  Thanksgiving week the Getty Museum is offering daily Family Art Stops (11/22-11/27).

And guess what I just found out? The Kidspace Children’s Museum has a Holiday Camp (6-10 yrs.) the day after Thanksgiving (11/25).  You can drop-off the kids for a half or full day of camp, and then head off to one of Pasadena’s cool destinations. Lunch at the Norton Simon Garden Café or holiday shopping in Old Town anyone?

However you choose to enjoy the fall season, I hope it’s a happy one.  And if you like this calendar be sure to subscribe and share it with your friends.

See you in the galleries!

November 2011 Museum Family Activities

Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM)
Saturday, November 12: drop-in between 12:30-2:30 pm
$5 fee.  CAFAM Family/Dual passport members free.

Getty Center Museum
FAMILY DRAWING: Put Your Best Face Forward
Saturday, November  5: 3:30 pm
Free. Space limited.  Sign-up begins at 3 pm.

FAMILY DRAWING: Exploring Color
Saturday, November 12: 3:30 pm
Free.  Space limited.  Sign-up begins at 3 pm.

30 minute family gallery tour activity
Saturdays and Sundays: 2:00 and 2:30
Tuesday-Friday, November 22-25
Space limited. Sign-up begins 30 minutes before tour. Ages 5+

KIDS iPod Touch AUDIO GUIDE (previous post):
Audio tour about “Demons, Angels, and Monsters” in art
Offered daily (closed Mondays).  Free (through February 5, 2012)

FAMILY ROOM (Activity Space)
A place for families to draw, build, read, and play together (see earlier post).
Daily, except Mondays. Drop-in.

Getty Villa Museum
45 minutes family gallery tour activity
Saturdays and Sundays: 2 pm
Space limited. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before tour.
Reservations required for museum admission. Ages 5+

FAMILY FORUM (Activity Space)
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.

Fowler Museum at UCLA
FAMILY WORKSHOP: Print Your Voice!
Printmaking hands-on activity
Sunday, November 13: 1-4 pm
Free. Drop-in.

Hammer Museum
KIDS WORKSHOP: Light Writers and Luchadors
Reconstruct the tale of the your luchadors with writer Leo Betancourt
Sunday, November 13: 12 pm
Free. Space limited, reservations encouraged.  Ages 8-13

Popeye musical film adventure starring Robin Williams (1980)
Sunday, November 13 : 11 am
Free. Recommended ages 6+

The Huntington 
TEEN WORKSHOP: Focus on Photography
Teens learn about digital photography and find inspiration in the galleries
Saturday, November 12 and/or 19: 10 am – noon
Fee.  Registration required.  Ages 14–17

KIDS WORKSHOP: Blooming Pumpkins
Designers, Flower Duet, teach children about flower arranging
Saturday, November 19: 1 -3 pm
Fee.  Registration required. Ages 7-12
PST exhibition event

FAMILY TEA PARTY: Tea with Alice & Friends
Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea party
Sunday, November 20: 2-4 pm
Reservations required. $37.50 per person

Kidspace Children’s Museum
KIDS WORKSHOP: Lapidary Workshop
Kids learn the art of rock polishing including hands-on practice
Saturday, November 12: 11 am and 2 pm
$7 fee plus museum admission. Registration required.
Ages 6+

Toddlers and caregivers play, sing, and enjoy science and art explorations.
Saturday, November 12: 9:30-11:oo am
$20 per child.  Registration required.
Ages 18 to 36  months.

KIDS WORKSHOP: Candle Making – Dip Candles
Kids learn ancient candle making techniques.
Sunday, November 13: 2 pm
Fee $6 plus museum admission. Registration required
Ages 5+

Kids play festive games, create holiday crafts, and engage in interactive science.
Friday, November 25: 9-5pm
$60 half day (am/pm)/$100 full day
Ages 6-10

Art activities, interactive bilingual gallery tours, and
explore sculptures that are big in size and creativity
Sunday, November 6, 13, 20: 12:30 – 3:30 pm *Last one of the year
Free with admission. No reservations.

Children’s Storytime
Mondays and Fridays in November: 2 pm
Boone’s Children’s Gallery

Families make Korean style paintings together
Daily, except Wednesdays
Free tickets required — available at museum box office.
Children’s Storytime on Mondays and Fridays: 2 pm

Museum of Latin American Art (Molaa)
FAMILY DAY: Free Target Sunday
Art workshop, docent led tours and presentation
Sunday, November 20: 11 am – 5 pm

Norton Simon Museum
Stories and art activity inspired by Van Gogh’s Mulberry Tree
Sunday, November 6:   2-3 pm and
Sunday, November 27: 2-3 pm
Free. Ages 4-8

TEEN WORKSHOP: The Power of Printingmaking
Teens learn about printmaking and produce original works of art
2 day course: 1-4 pm
Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6
Free. Space limited.  Registration required

FAMILY ART NIGHT: Family Gatherings
Make a cardboard cupboard adorned with images of your family
Friday, November 11: 6:30-7:30 pm
Free. Ages 6-10

FAMILY DAY: Creating Color with Light
Create an absract mosiac inspired by Sam Francis’s Basel Mural I
Saturday, November 19: 1-3 pm
Ages 4-8

Pacific Asia Museum
Tales from the Silk Road, hands-on activity, and snacks
Saturday, November 10: 13:30 am
Free to members, $10 per family non-members

Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA)
Cause for Creativity “What a Girl Wants,What a Girl Needs”
Sunday, November 6: 2-5 pm
$5 fee.  Free with Donation, and free for members

Skirball Cultural Center
of the folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary will perform children’s songs
and read from his new book Puff, the Magic Dragon
Sunday, November 13: 2-3 pm
Free. Advance reservations recommended. All ages.

MAGIC PERFORMANCE: Spellbinding Sundays
Strolling magicians perform magic throughout the run of the exhibition
Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age
Every Sunday:  Intermittently 12-2 pm (except December 25 and January 1st)
All ages. Included with Museum Admission, no reservations

Simulated archaeological dig
Saturday-Sunday (except December 11, 25)
All ages. Free with admission. Weather permitting only

NOAH’S ARK (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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