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, November 8, 2014
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Giving Thanks



Bring the whole family to JANM for a celebration of Veterans Day weekend and Thanksgiving season! Our kid-friendly activities will revolve around giving thanks to veterans, family, and friends.

*Admission to all activities and to Common Ground: The Heart of Community is FREE ALL DAY. Admission to the special exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, requires a separate purchase.



  • Design your own hanging autumn leaf decoration.

  • Write a letter of thanks to one of the brave men and women serving in our armed forces. All letters will be collected and sent to Operation Gratitude.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: JANM volunteer Ruthie Kitagawa shows you how to make your own fluttering paper Peace Dove.

  • Get a taste of Thanksgiving by sampling a mini caramel apple or pumpkin pie from Claremont’s I Like Pie Bakeshop. For children only. One pie per child, while supplies last.


    11 a.m./2 p.m.: JANM sponsor Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. presents a double feature of documentaries celebrating notable Japanese Americans and their unique stories:

    • 11 a.m.: Journey to Washington: On the Trail of Senator Daniel Inouye
    • 2 p.m.: Scott Fujita: The Man Behind the Name

    1 p.m.: Enjoy a lively World War II USO-style performance by Swing Dames.

    3 p.m.–4 p.m.: Say “Hello!” and share a hug with Hello Kitty herself, the star of JANM’s exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.


    Sponsored by

    Saturday, December 13, 2014
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Holiday Cheer



    Have a jolly time with holiday-themed crafts and activities for the whole family! Please check back for more details.

    *Free admission does not include Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

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