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The Japanese American National Museum is a place for family fun and learning. Target continues its sponsorship of free family Saturdays in 2013. Because of their generous support, we will continue to bring exciting workshops, performances, and craft activities for young and big kids alike. We hope to see you and your entire family there!

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2013 Events

Saturday, December 14, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Winter Wonderland

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Join us for winter-themed fun at our Winter Wonderland Target Day!

SCHEDULE:

11AM - 2PM: Join Kidding Around the Kitchen for a simple, yet delicious, Winter Wonderland cereal mix recipe that will make a delicious snack as well as a fun home-made present the kids will be so proud to give away to family, friends and teachers alike.

12PM - 2PM: Bring the whole family to take a picture with Asian American Santa Claus. And don’t forget to let him know what you want for Christmas!

12:30PM & 2:30PM: Join us for a guided tour of the Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts exhibition.

1PM - 3PM: Take a dash through the snow—or rather asphalt—on a horse-drawn-carriage-on-wheels that will be fun for the whole family!

1PM & 3PM: Come and watch Star in a Glass Jar, a winter-time story performed through kamishibai (paper drama), a Japanese art form of storytelling. The story is about an incredible adventure of one child’s letter with no address which finds its way to the other side of the world. Paper character craft to follow performance.


ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

• Decorate a photo frame to hold your picture with Asian American Santa!
• Construct a tiny winter wonderland to fill with seasonal cheer.
• Ruthie's Origami Corner: Make a winter reindeer.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

Check out our other fun and free Family Festivals!

Saturday, November 9, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Awesome Autumn

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Celebrate the season at our Autumn-themed Target Day!

SCHEDULE:

11AM – 2PM: Kidding Around the Kitchen is pleased to help welcome Awesome Autumn with a fabulous make-it-yourself Festive Fall Salad using the best that the fall harvest has to offer.

11AM - 3PM: Calling all comic book readers! Come relax and read in our Comic Book Lounge in celebration of the Marvels and Monsters exhibition.

1:30PM & 2:30PM: Want to bang on a drum? Join in on an energetic drum circle! Fit for all ages and no experience necessary!

3PM: Join us for a reading of Thanksgiving at Obaachan's with author Janet Mitsui Brown. Then stick around to decorate your own furoshiki (wrapping cloth) complete with your own mini omanju (traditional confection) to snack on!


ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

• Make a tissue paper leaf window decoration to welcome fall.
• Whoo whoo wants to come construct a fun owl?
• Color a Veterans Day related coloring page with Go For Broke. Don't forget to check out their other Veterans Day activities at their monument just outside the National Museum!
• Ruthie's Origami Corner: Fold a maple leaf with Ruthie and make it into a bookmark.
• Jump and bounce around in the camo-print bounce house in honor of Veterans Day.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.


Veterans Day with Go For Broke
Visit Go For Broke at their Monument, from 11AM to 3PM, just outside of the National Museum this Veterans Day weekend!

SCHEDULE:

11:00AM – 3:00PM: Japanese American WWII veterans will sign their baseball cards
11:00AM – 3:00PM: Crafts and other fun activities, such as bracelet making and word challenges
11:00AM – 3:00PM: WWII coloring pages and Go For Broke merchandise for sale inside the National Museum
11:30AM – 1:30PM: Caricaturist
1:00PM – 1:30PM: Scavenger hunt

Please check their website for more information www.goforbroke.org/.

Check out our other fun and free Family Festivals!

Saturday, October 12, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Zap, Pow, Bam!

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Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Marvels & Monsters and draw yourself into the picture with comics-themed crafts & activities!

SCHEDULE:

11AM – 2PM: Join Kidding Around the Kitchen for an assemble-it-yourself popcorn snack to enjoy while watching fabulous vintage Japanese anime.

11:30AM: Curator Jeff Yang will guide families of all ages in a gallery talk of the Marvels and Monsters exhibition that is sure to keep even the little ones engaged.

12PM – 3PM: Turn yourself into a comic-book character with a caricature drawn by Cartoon Slinger (for children only, line ends at 2:30pm).

12PM & 2:30PM: Join curator Jeff Yang and artists Jeremy Arambulo and A.L. Baroza for “Build a Hero” (12pm) and “Build a Villain” (2:30pm)—interactive events where they’ll lead the audience in collaboratively creating an ORIGINAL comic book super-character who’ll be drawn in real time by comic artists from the SECRET IDENTITIES and SHATTERED anthologies! Book signing to follow each session.

1PM – 2PM: "Our American Voice—a special two-person show exploring six diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans—will be performed in the I Want The Wide American Earth exhibition gallery. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

1PM – 4PM: Team up with your buddies to take down villains in superhero video games brought to you by GameTruck.


ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

• Sit back and enjoy vintage Japanese anime at its earliest roots from the 1920s and 1930s.
• It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s…you! Decorate a super-stylin’ superhero cape.
• Keep your secret identity hidden by making a superhero mask.
• After you create your superhero costume, capture yourself in action at the complimentary photo booth!
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Come make a baby pterodactyl.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

Check out our other fun and free Family Festivals!

Saturday, July 13, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Share Your Story!

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Celebrate the exhibition Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History and share your story with your family and friends! You won’t want to miss out on this fun Target Free Family Saturday.

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:
• Create a memory book to jot down stories about you and your family.
• Make a family portrait collage.
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold a fun origami camera.

SCHEDULE:
11AM: Doors open.

11AM-2PM: Make a salad and salad dressing that will soon become a family favorite with Kidding Around the Kitchen.

12PM & 2PM: Bring your memories and prepare to write! Instructor Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo will help you write your own family stories.

1PM: Take a tour of our exhibit Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History with curator Dr. Duncan Williams.

1:30PM: Join us for a ‘mixed’ reading with! Leslie Ryan will read her book I Am Flippish and Heidi Cole will read her book Am I A Color?

2PM: Join us for a screening of the documentary Searchlight Serenade. Searchlight Serenade explores the big bands that were formed by Japanese Americans while incarcerated during World War II.

2:30PM: We Tell Stories will perform multicultural tales in Proud To Be Me!

3PM: Allen Say will read his new book The Favorite Daughter. This tale, dedicated with love to Say's daughter, is one for all parents who want their children to feel pride in their heritage, and to know their own greatest sources of strength and inspiration.

4PM: Doors close.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Summer Fun

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FREE ALL DAY!

Celebrate the arrival of summer with storytelling and fun crafts!

SCHEDULE:

11:30AM • 1:30PM • 3PM: Storyteller Alton Chung will perform his one-man show Heroes which tells the story of the heroic actions of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion, and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). This program contains mature themes that may not be appropriate for younger audience members.

1PM – 4PM: Make delicious summer fun trail mix with Kidding Around the Kitchen.

2PM: Join us for story time! We’ll be reading Under the Cherry Blossom Tree, a traditional Japanese folktale written by Japanese American author Allen Say.

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

• June 8th is Best Friend’s Day. Make friendship bracelets to celebrate!

• Help us lighten up for the summer. We’re pulling out all kinds of fun stuff found in our crafts closet, so bring your creativity and be ready to be surprised!

• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make a fun Father’s Day card.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Picture This!

events/Target_05__75__PMS186_11.JPG Celebrate the openings of American Heroes: Japanese American World War II Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal and Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter at this very fun and educational Target Day!

ALL DAY CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES:
• Create a self-portrait that’s totally you!
• Have your portrait taken and make a customized picture frame for it!
• Mark your spot in history on our community timeline! In collaboration with JACL-PSW.
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make a Mother’s Day card!
• Wall of thanks - All veterans are invited to have their photograph taken to be displayed so we can give a big JANM Family Day thanks!

SCHEDULE:
11AM: Doors open

11AM-2PM: Kidding Around the Kitchen will help you make a self-portrait fruit face!

12PM-2PM: Drop by and meet a member of the 442nd, 100th, or M.I.S.! They will be signing baseball-style cards of themselves for you to take home!

12PM-3PM: Let the Cartoon Slinger draw a fun caricature portrait of you! For children only, line ends at 2:30PM.

1PM-4PM: Learn more about the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team and support our troops with author Stacey Hayashi! Stacey is the author of the comic book Journey of Heroes: The Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Activities will include:
• Write letters to soldiers stationed abroad and let them know how thankful you are for their service!
Journey of Heroes coloring activity
• Take your photo with characters from Journey of Heroes!

1:30PM-3PM: Say thank you to Japanese American Korean War and Japanese American Vietnam War Veterans in person!

2PM: Author Ken Mochizuki will read his book Heroes. More about Heroes: Set during the '60s with the Vietnam war going on and World War II popular in the media, Japanese American Donnie Okada always has to be the "bad guy" when he and his friends play war because he looks like the enemy portrayed in the media. When he finally has had enough, Donnie enlists the aid of his 442nd veteran father and Korean War veteran uncle to prove to his friends and schoolmates that those of Asian descent did serve in the U.S. military.

2:30PM: Take a tour of Portraiture Now with Smithsonian exhibition curator David Ward.

4PM: Doors close

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Make Some Noise

events/2007-07-14_TargetLogo_3.JPG Get ready for some musical fun! March's theme is music.

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:
• Strum super sounds on a cardboard guitar made by you!
• Build a wooden harmonica and hum a fun tune
• Ruthie's Origami Corner: Make an adorable origami rabbit
• Stop by Patriots & Peacemakers for drop-in tours!

SCHEDULE
11AM: Doors open

11AM-2PM: Kidding Around the Kitchen will show you how to make delicious Mediterranean hummus wraps with tzatziki

1PM&2PM: Join in on a drum circle with Drumtime!

1:30PM: The Arab American National Museum will present an educational presentation about Arab Americans and their exhibition Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country, on view at JANM through April 14, 2013.

2:30PM: Watch an exciting Japanese taiko performance by TAIKOPROJECT!

3:30PM:The Turath Ensemble will perform traditional Middle Eastern music and drumming

4PM: Doors close

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

ABOUT OUR FRIENDS:

Drumtime
Drumming is a very direct and powerful way to connect mind, body and spirit, invigorating a person with their own life force. And anyone can do it!

The heart beats and the body reacts—we are drumming all the time. Drumming as a group gives the human spirit an opportunity to play with its two deepest desires—to express its uniqueness and to contribute to a greater whole.

A Drumtime drum circle is guided with high energy and caring support to ensure that all its participants may access their innate vitality. And a Drumtime drum circle, no matter how large or small, literally transforms a gathering of people—most with no prior musical experience—into a percussion orchestra!

Participants experience the power of having their personal risks transformed into the elation of group success—giving everyone hands-on shared experiences in joy, transformation and success!

For more information, visit: For more information, visit www.drumtime.net.

TAIKOPROJECT
The TAIKOPROJECT is an ensemble of premiere taiko drummers dedicated to promoting and advancing the American art of taiko. Through public performances, education, and outreach activities, TAIKOPROJECT is committed to preserving taiko as a dynamic element of Japanese American culture and heritage. In addition to maintaining taiko as a community-based tradition, TAIKOPROJECT also incorporates unconventional and innovative concepts to expand artistic boundaries. Through these values, TAIKOPROJECT seeks not only to entertain audiences, but also to inform them about the history and integrity of taiko as an evolving art form.

For more information, visit www.taikoproject.com .

In today’s world, it is common that families rarely get to eat together anymore.

Kidding around the Kitchen shows that families can make and eat food together without a lot of fuss or a huge time commitment. The family food demo helps families with tips on smarter shopping, fun recipe ideas, advice on how to incorporate healthier choices when possible, and advice on how to delegate tasks in an age-appropriate way. This family food demo is a “how to” get everyone involved in the family meal.

Kidding around the Kitchen is for families that have full plates in life as well as wanting a full plate of food to enjoy together. It’s about time well spent. You’ll see your kids get a “we did it” attitude!! This family food demo works on the “try it” premise—all while empowering the kids and family. If we can do it, so can you!!

Kidding around the Kitchen is an adventure in fun, food and family. We are not only making food, we are making memories.

For more information on Kidding around the kitchen visit: www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com

The Turath Ensemble
The Turath Ensemble grew out of interest in providing educational material about the musical heritage of the Arab World in the US; the word turath is Arabic for 'heritage'. The Turath Ensemble performs at colleges, museums and cultural events songs and instrumentals using traditional instruments and have developed a reputation for their energetic performances that engages audiences.

For more information on the Turath Ensemble, visit: http://turath.org/
Saturday, February 9, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Art From The Heart

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FREE ALL DAY!

Celebrate Valentine's Day and the opening of our new Supernatural: The Art of Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, and Timothy Teruo Watters exhibition! Show your love by making art for yourself and others!

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

ALL DAY CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES:
• Draw a silly or spooky creature inspired by Supernatural with a variety of cool art materials!
• Construct a handmade Valentine for someone special
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Learn how to fold an origami heart

SCHEDULE:
11AM: Doors open

11AM - 2PM: Join Kidding Around the Kitchen and make heart friendly fruit kebabs with a chocolate yogurt dipping sauce

12PM - 2PM: Artist Timothy Teruo Watters will show you how to duplicate and remix art in this fun design workshop!

2PM - 4PM: Have a custom chocolate heart portrait lollipop made just for you by the Entertainment Contractors! For children only, while supplies last

2PM - 4PM: Artist Edwin Ushiro will lead a fun drawing workshop!

4PM: Doors close



ABOUT OUR FRIENDS:

The Entertainment Contractor
The Entertainment Contractor has been providing quality party entertainment and party planning services for 30 years in Los Angeles, Southern/Northern California and across the country in places such as Canada, Nevada, State of Washington, Washington DC, New York, Massachusetts, Texas & Philadelphia.

For more information about the Entertainment Contractor, visit: thecandyartist.com

Kidding Around the Kitchen:
Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) brings a “hands on” cooking experience and lesson in which the kids actively participate in the preparation of recipes. The result of their cutting, measuring, cooking, and then eating their creations is more than simply a lesson in health. They get to see, touch, smell, and taste the fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, eggs, meats, and other ingredients that they may never have previously seen in their raw form.

For more information on Kidding Around the Kitchen, visit: www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com.

Edwin Ushiro
Edwin Ushiro was born in Maui, Hawai'i and later moved to Los Angeles, California to attend the Art Center College of Design where he graduated with a BFA in Illustration with Honors. Since graduating from Art Center, Edwin has worked in the entertainment industry as a Production Designer, Visual Consultant, Art Director, Storyboard Artist, and Concept Designer.

For more information on Edwin Ushiro, visit: http://www.mrushiro.com/.

Timothy Watters:
Born in 1981 and raised in the wine country of Northern California, Timothy Teruo Watters (TTW) has been oil painting for over 18 years. While taking a few art classes in college at the University of California at Santa Barbara, TTW is effectively self-taught, only receiving slight guidance from his artist grandfather, Teruo Iyama. TTW has exhibited his work mostly in small art shows and galleries from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles to Kona to even tiny St. George in Utah. For as long as TTW can remember, he has always been creating some form of art and oil painting is essential to his life.

For more information on Timothy Teruo Watters, visit: http://www.timothywatters.com/.

 

 

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