Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Series: Family Festivals

All programs are free for Museum members and free with general admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs (RSVPs not needed for Family Festivals). Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance by emailing or calling 213.625.0414. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.

For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or purchase tickets online using the links below. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Saturday, June 13, 2015
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Uniquely You



In conjunction with the Mixed Remixed Festival dedicated to celebrating the mixed-heritage experience, JANM’s day of family fun will celebrate everything that’s special about YOU!



  • Mirror, Mirror: Beautify a mirror for yourself, adding fun decorations that reflect who you are.

  • Be a Puppetmaster: Create your own puppet self-portrait.

  • Quick-Draw Caricatures: Be amazed as the Cartoon Slinger makes speedy cartoon portraits of you and your family.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Father’s Day edition! Make a special card just for dad.

  • Fusion Cuisine by Chego: Sample tasty fusion cuisine by L.A.’s Chego, featuring their famous 3 p.m. Meatballs and a special grilled bok choy topped with blueberry habanero salsa. (While supplies last.)


    11:30 a.m.: Author Kieren van den Blink presents an interactive reading of Sniff, the first in a series of five children’s books that evoke the fun and pleasure of the senses. Book signing to follow.

    1 p.m.: Join Story Theater for a family-friendly improvisational performance in which the themes and storylines are shaped by you!

    2 p.m.: Lora Nakamura reads from her book, Bonsai Babes: A Love Story, a magical account of two little girls in Los Angeles who struggle to realize their dreams. Bonsai drawing activity and book signing to follow.

    3:15 p.m.: Multicultural theater troupe We Tell Stories performs Proud to Be Me, a series of interactive stories geared toward reinforcing self-esteem.


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    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: Okinawan Traditions



    In conjunction with the opening of Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i, join us for a day of crafts and activities celebrating Okinawan culture.

    Please check back for schedule.

    Saturday, August 15, 2015
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Natsumatsuri Family Festival



    Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

    Please check back for more information.

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