Family Programs Past Events
Play with Clay Family Day
Express yourself using clay with a fun, creative activity for everyone. Kids of all ages will have an opportunity to explore the exhibition and be inspired to create their own sculptures. Quick drying clay will be used.
Nakahama Manjiro's Tale of Discovery Play
Join us for this special interactive performance where select audience members become part of the show! Participants will don period costumes in this adventure that will transport players to a deserted island in the Pacific to Hawai`i, Massachusetts, and California during the Gold Rush. 11am & 2pm.
Shipwrecked: Adventure on the High Seas
Become an explorer today! Imagination takes center stage as kids of all ages will discover what it was like to sail the high seas in the nineteenth century. All day.
Bird Carving Workshop for Children
Inmates of America's concentration camps carved bird pins out of found wood. Participants will examine bird pins on display in the exhibitions, Henry Sugimoto: Painting an American Experience and Common Ground: The Heart of Community. Who made them and why? Following this activity, children will learn how to draw and make simple carvings of bird pins. Appropriate for children ages 6-12 years old. Cost: $5 for Museum members, $11 for non-Members.
Children's Taiko Workshop
Instructor: Masato Baba, lead instructor for the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble
An exciting introduction to taiko drumming for children covering basic concepts of form, stance, and rhythmic patterns, with one of the taiko community's most promising young musicians. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes.
Children's Concert in Historic Sites
Kids and adults alike are invited to explore the richness of Japanese American history with a special Children's Concerts in Historic Sites event. Sponsored by The Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College and coinciding with the exhibition Allen Say's Journey: The Art and Words of a Children's Book Author, the concert features stories and music from the Japanese American tradition. Storyteller Denise Iketani and the Taiko ensemble Japanese Festival Sounds, led by drummer Johnny Mori, team up for a high-energy, richly visual performance. Kids leave with Japanese American sweets and a special toy!
Concert is recommended for children age 4 and above. Tickets ($18 for adults, $12 for children, $48 for a family package of two adults and two children) also admit you to the Museum on the day of the concert and can be purchased by calling 310.954.4300.