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Saturday, May 9, 2015
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Meaningful May

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FREE* ALL DAY!

May is a month of many celebrations. Join us as we commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

*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. All Hello! Admissions are based on timed entry; obtaining tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Create a special Mother’s Day card.

  • Memorial Day Messages: Write a heartfelt message to or about a veteran on our Wall of Appreciation.

  • Flower Arrangement: Create a miniature ikebana-inspired flower arrangement in honor of Mother’s Day.

  • Hello Kitty Crafts: Celebrate Hello Kitty while she’s still here at our temporary tattoo and paper doll stations.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m.: Join JANM volunteers who also happen to be veterans and hear their unique stories on a special Memorial Day Family Tour through Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

    12 p.m.: Take in an energetic taiko drumming performance by Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko.

    1 p.m.: Enjoy a Bollywood-style dance performance and learn about Indian folk dance traditions with the Bellytwins.

    1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Say goodbye to Hello Kitty in person, and take home a souvenir photo with her, courtesy of Nerdbot Photobooth.

    2 p.m.: Join an exciting K-Pop Dance Workshop with Aimee Lee Lucas.

    3:15 p.m.: Watch and participate in a lively dance performance that will incorporate traditions from Tahiti, Hawaii, and New Zealand. Presented by Island Inspirations.

     

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    Saturday, March 14, 2015
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: March into Spring

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    FREE* ALL DAY!

    Spring is here! Welcome the new season by recycling old things into new ones.

    *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. All Hello! Admissions are based on timed entry; obtaining tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Create your own biodegradable planter, and then plant a seed and take it home to watch it grow. Special Hello Kitty seed labels will be provided to remind you what you planted.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Inspired by Sanrio’s “small gift, big smile” philosophy, JANM volunteer Ruthie Kitagawa will teach you how to make a small gift box out of recycled gift wrap.

  • Design and make your own eco-friendly fashion and accessories using recycled materials. At 3:30 p.m., you’ll have a chance to show off your creations at JANM’s own red carpet runway fashion show!

  • Macaroni Kids Downtown LA will have a bracelet- and necklace-making table where guests can create macaroni-based accessories to go with their other eco-friendly fashions.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m. • 12:30 p.m.: Los Angeles–based nonprofit organization reDiscover Center will lead a workshop about the environmental dangers of plastic waste and the importance of recycling plastic wherever possible. There will also be a craft activity to create a fish art piece from a used CD.

    12 p.m. • 2 p.m.: Join in on a rockin’ drum circle with Drumtime! All instruments provided, along with brief drumming lessons. Fun for ages 1 to 101!

    1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Versatile magician Johnny Wu uses everyday objects to perform innovative and interactive magic tricks. Watch his act and prepare to be surprised and delighted.

    3:30 p.m.: Check out the eco-friendly fashions that Target Free Family Saturday attendees have created at our own red carpet fashion show.

     

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Saturday, February 14, 2015
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Hello Valentine!

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    FREE* ALL DAY!

    Will you be my valentine? Join Hello Kitty at JANM for a heart-filled day of family fun!

    *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. All Hello! Admissions are based on timed entry; obtaining tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Craft Table: Create a special Valentine’s Day card with a marshmallow candy surprise inside for someone special.

  • Ruthie’ Origami Corner: Make an origami apple in honor of Hello Kitty, who is the height of five apples and the weight of three!

  • Fun for Kids: Jump into the deluxe Hello Kitty bounce house, which features a slide, climbing wall, and basketball hoop!

  • Omikuji (Japanese-style fortune telling): Hello Kitty has a friendship message for everyone. What does yours say? Find out at our omikuji table!

  • Temporary Tattoo Station: Choose from several fun Hello Kitty tattoo designs.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Help yourself to festive cotton candy, served by Cotton Candy Girls.

    1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Hello Kitty will be onsite for hugs, photos, and friendship greetings!

    2 p.m.: Get ready to dance at this upbeat and family-friendly pop music performance by rising Los Angeles band Candyboy.

     

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
    Sunday, January 4, 2015
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    2015 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Sheep

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    FREE* ALL DAY!

    Oshogatsu is one of JANM’s biggest events of the year. Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with arts and crafts, food, cultural activities, and performances!

  • Sheep balloons by Balloon Monsoon
  • Candy art demonstration and raffle with Shan Ichiyanagi
  • Exciting performances by Taikoza and UniverSoul Hip Hop
  • Petting zoo with live sheep and goats, brought to you by Jessie’s Party Animals
  • Free sample bowls of lucky zaru soba (buckwheat noodles) to bring good health in the new year, courtesy of Kidding Around the Kitchen
  • Rice pounding, taiko drumming, and mochi sampling with Kodama Taiko
  • Special appearance by Hello Kitty
  • …and so much more!

    Visit janm.org/oshogatsufest for complete schedule.

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

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

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Holiday Cheer

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    FREE* ALL DAY!

    Have a jolly time with holiday-themed crafts and activities for the whole family!

    *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. All Hello! Admissions are based on timed entry; obtaining tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Make a tiny lantern to brighten up your winter nights.

  • Ruthie’ Origami Corner: JANM volunteer Ruthie Kitagawa shows you how to create a unique holiday ornament to hang on your tree or give to a loved one.

  • Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Union Rescue Mission for our holiday toy drive.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Have your picture taken with Asian American Santa Claus, a JANM tradition!

    11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.:: Bring the kids to JANM’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum for a sing-along screening of Frozen and get ready to “let it go!”

    1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: The Other Reindeer, a caroling quartet, will perform traditional and contemporary holiday songs on the JANM courtyard.

    3 p.m.–4 p.m.: Musician and storyteller Claire Mills will perform interactive vignettes looking at diverse traditions celebrated during winter, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

     

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    Saturday, November 8, 2014
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Giving Thanks

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    FREE* ALL DAY

    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. All Hello! admissions are based on timed entry; obtaining tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • 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.

  • Our friends from the Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) will have fun coloring activities and a scavenger hunt.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Just added! The public is invited to help paint a new mural in Little Tokyo. Click here for details.

    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

    12:30–2:30 p.m.: Have your portrait drawn by caricaturist Dominic Arneson, courtesy of GFBNEC.

    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.

     

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