Family Festivals Past Events
8th Annual Courtyard Kids Festival: Every Day is Children's Day
Join Courtyard Kaeru in celebrating the spirit of youth. Holidays honoring children are held around the globe throughout the year. In Japan, Children's Day is May 5th, but the National Museum is celebrating it in the summer along with other communities.
Dance, sing, create, and play with us as we, together, experience festive cultural customs of our neighbors around the world. Lively music, arts and crafts, and storytelling and games plan to make our annual summer festival the fun place to start Nisei Week in Little Tokyo.
Target Free Family Saturdays: I am ... I can be ...
This summer the National Museum debuts four wonderful days created especially for families. Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.
I am ... I can be...
How do you perceive yourself in your imagination? How do you communicate those perceptions to others?
Drop-in and discover fun ways of drawing self-portraits in a special workshop designed to show the world what makes you, you. Bring along your creativity and spirit for a day of storytelling and art.
Join us for our other Target Free Family Saturdays
Oshogatsu: New Year Family Day Festival
Learn about New Year's symbols and traditions and join us for our annual celebration of culture and community.
Arts and crafts for children of all ages - 11:00 AM?4:00 PM
Instrument Making: Make a rain stick or den-den daiko and go home with your very own percussion piece.
Taiko Drum Master: Try your skill at this special taiko electronic game created by PlayStation? 2.
Shake, Rattle, & Roll: Created especially for our very youngest audiences—play with percussion instruments from around the world.
Mochitsuki - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM
Kagami Kai Taiko travels from San Francisco to present this dynamic performance of traditional rice cake pounding.
Storytelling - 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM
Actor Rodney Kageyama will enthrall listeners of all ages with The Ten Oni Drummers.
Concert - 3:00 PM
Zampa Ufujishi-Daiko's final Southern California performance is a mini-concert especially for families.
Please check back for updated information regarding the schedule of events.
7th Annual Courtyard Kids Family Festival -- Ribbits & Rhythms: Kaeru's House of Hop
The National Museum celebrates the long-awaited return of our favorite kaeru at the Ribbits & Rhythms: Kaeru's House of Hop. All Courtyard Kids and their family and friends are invited to a day of whimsical workshops, dynamic storytelling, and lively music and dance.
This year's festival's concert begins with a ceremony welcoming new Courtyard Kids at 4:00 p.m., followed by a concert showcasing youth performing arts ensembles. The event is free to the general public.
Oshogatsu: New Year Family Day Festival
- 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Learn about New Year's symbols and traditions with arts and crafts classes for children of all ages.
- 11:00 AM - Let's Read! Story Time: How the Years Were Named, retold by Chizuko Kamichi
- 12:00 PM - Let's Read! Story Time: A Hawai`i Japanese New Year with Yuki-Chan by Tokie Ching
- 2:00 PM - The Pasadena Cultural Institute Kendo Dojo will showcase principles and techniques of kendo or "the way of the sword." The dojo is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
- 3:00 PM - Let's Read! Story Time: A Hawai`i Japanese New Year with Yuki-Chan by Tokie Ching
Courtyard Kids Family Concert
This year's family celebration features an afternoon of music, movement, and workshops on the National Museum's courtyard. The concert will begin with a ceremony welcoming new Courtyard Kids. HULA HALAU O KEALI`I O NALANI will delight kids and adults with ancient and modern-style hula. Also performing are ASHA'S BABA, who combine West African and African American storytelling, poetry, music, and song, and ZENSHUJI ZENDEKO, a taiko ensemble consisting of second, third, and fourth generation Japanese Americans. Co-produced by Community Arts Resources, Inc. (CARS).