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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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    Saturday, August 9, 2014
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Natsumatsuri Family Festival

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    FREE ALL DAY!

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

    Check janm.org/natsumatsuri2014 for schedule >>

    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Print-astic!

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    FREE ALL DAY!

    Celebrate JANM’s groundbreaking exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with tattoo and printmaking-inspired activities for the whole family!

     

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Kids’ Print Shop: Etch fun designs into plastic foam and make prints out of them.

  • Kids’ Tattoo Parlor: Use our special paper to create temporary press-on tattoos.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Learn how to make an origami fish!

  • Kids’ Coloring Lounge: Ukiyo-e Heroes, created by artists Jed Henry and David Bull, are ukiyo-e-style prints inspired by Japanese comics and video games. Make your own ukiyo-e heroes with our coloring pages, and enter your work in a contest to win a $10 JANM Store gift certificate! See below for contest rules. For inspiration, videos of Bull demonstrating his woodblock printing process will be on display.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m./1 p.m.: Mark Langill, Los Angeles Dodgers Team Historian and Publications Editor, and Koji Steven Sakai, JANM Programs Manager, will lead a family-friendly gallery tour of Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game. The two curators will share the inside story of how the exhibition was put together.

    12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Watch a live screen printing demonstration by Grow Your Own Media, Atwater Village’s community print shop, as they print special JANM-designed posters for you to take home. Posters available while supplies last.

    12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Get a fun temporary henna tattoo! (For children only, line will end at 1:30 p.m. Please note henna tattoos generally last 1–4 weeks.)

    2 p.m.–4 p.m.: Go deluxe with a realistic temporary airbrush tattoo! (For children only, line will end at 3:30 p.m. Please note airbrush tattoos generally last 2–7 days.)

    3 p.m.: Samurai warrior imagery, which plays a significant role in the Perseverance exhibition, comes to life in a demonstration of Shinkendo, the Japanese art of swordsmanship. This exciting live display is presented by Honbu Dojo, the world headquarters of Shinkendo instruction.

     

    KIDS’ COLORING LOUNGE CONTEST RULES

  • There will be two age groups for the coloring contest (ages 0-11 and ages 12-18)

  • Contestants should fill out a contest form with their name, age, and contact information, which will be taped to the back of their page.

  • Entries will be taped to a wall where the public can view and vote for their favorites from each age group. One vote per person.

  • Voting closes at 3 p.m., with winners announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • Winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Museum Store.
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