Family Festivals Past Events
Oshogatsu Family Festival & First Sundays are For Families
FREE, no reservations required
Ring in the New Year with fun arts and crafts, whimsical tales, and exciting performances at the National Museum. This year's festival will feature a special activity created by Giant Robot.
Visitors will also receive free admission to MOCA's ©Murakami exhibition as a part of their "First Sundays are For Families" program by checking in at the "For Families" table (1:00 – 3:30 PM).
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Arts and crafts for children of all ages!
Create a daruma puppet, fold a special origami, and make your own flowerpot. Plus a very special activity with Giant Robot artist Saelee Oh.
Book Reading: Hello Maggie written by Shigeru Yabu and illustrated by Willie Ito
1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Performance by Eth-Noh-Tec's Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo
A dynamic performance that combines storytelling, movement, and music from Japan, and beyond!
2:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Drum Circle with Drumtime
Target Free Family Saturday
Celebrate the beauty of flowers and all things blooming during this free and fun family day for kids of all ages! Create beautiful and everlasting blooms using the most unusual materials.
Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.
Shake, Rattle & Bang!
Target Free Family Saturday
Don't miss this opportunity to make some noise! Spend the afternoon moving to the beat of the National Museum's special drum circle. Kids of all ages can make their very own percussion instrument and then join in the fun by trying their hand at playing drums from around the world.
Also on this day...
Karaoke Ice Comes to the National Museum
a delicious pop culture mash-up
created by Nancy Nowacek, Katie Salen, and Marina Zurkow
Popsicles, Squirrels and Songs!
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions presents KARAOKE ICE in LOS ANGELES, a mobile public art project that contributes to the unique expressions of Los Angeles street culture. Lucci, an ice cream truck-turned-mobile-karaoke-show, is deployed to local streets to activate communities through song. The artists believe this is a marriage of necessity; the ice cream truck needs a better soundtrack (one that reflects the interests of neighborhood), and karaoke singers need an audience. Karaoke Ice will debut on Labor Day Weekend, making its way through the spaces of metropolitan Los Angeles. To view a short documentary of Karaoke Ice in action, go to www.o-matic.com/isea/documentation/
9th Annual Summer Courtyard Kids Festival: It's Good to be Green!
Join Courtyard Kaeru and help make the world a greener place! In conjunction with the exhibition Landscaping America: Beyond the Japanese Garden, this year's Courtyard Kids events are tailor-made to raise families' awareness about the environment in a fun and creative way! With whimsical arts and crafts, workshops, and lively music, the afternoon will be a celebration of the beauty of our environment. FREE Museum admission all day!
Let's Go Fly a Kite!
Target Free Family Saturday
For over a thousand years, the Japanese have flown kites made out of bamboo and washi paper and decorated with cultural motifs. Drop in and let your imagination soar as plain pieces of paper, bamboo sticks, and string are transformed into beautiful, high-flying kites! All materials included.
Oshogatsu: New Year Family Festival
Ring in the New Year with fun arts and crafts, whimsical tales, and exciting performances at the National Museum.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Arts and crafts for children of all ages
Bird Pins: Allowed to bring only what they could carry, Japanese American World War II inmates created beauty under daunting circumstances by making bird pins. Learn the fascinating story behind the pins and design your own out of various materials.
Daruma Puppets: The daruma is a good luck charm many people in Japan buy for birthdays, celebrations, or New Years day to bring fortune and prosperity. Create a puppet and make a wish for happiness in 2007.
Origami: Ori is to fold. Kami is paper. Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that has become a beloved art form for people around the globe. Learn to make things that fly, swim, and run at this fun workshop.
Family Photos: Take a Polaroid with your family and friends then add a special wish for 2007. We'll put it on our community mural to form one huge card to ring in the New Year.Noon, 2:00 PM
Based in San Francisco, Eth-Noh-Tec is an interdisciplinary theater company that combines precision choreography with lyrical word-weaving. By layering ancient Asian mythologies, folktales, and urban legends, they have created a new blend of storytelling and kinetic theater. Suitable for kids of all ages.
Our New Year's family concert includes a performance by Samba at Saticoy, an after school volunteer children's ensemble directed by Lee Cobin. Based at Saticoy Elementary School in North Hollywood, the group highlights the spirited rhythms found throughout Brazil. No New Year's celebration would be complete without the powerful sounds of taiko and we'll be presenting some of the city's finest. Bring your dancing shoes, as this is one Oshogatsu you won't want to miss.
Sponsored, in part, by The James Irvine Foundation and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.
Learn about Oshogatsu at the Museum Store Online: Oshogatsu! Japanese New Year Traditions