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Free Summer Fun at the Getty

Free family programs take place all summer long at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Alastair Moock, a featured performer at August's Garden Concerts for Kids

Alastair Moock, a featured performer at August’s Garden Concerts for Kids

Summer at the Getty Center and Villa is more than just sunny days in the Central Garden and music-filled evenings, it’s also a great time for free family-friendly activities. From community mosaic-making to swordsmith demonstrations to a wacky assemblage of fur-covered cubes, there is plenty to see and do while school is out—for all ages.

Here’s a rundown of summer family offerings at both Getty sites:

Move to the Rhythm

Hear History Below Ground
June 22, Getty Villa
Use cool listening devices inspired by volcanology to detect real and imagined murmurs of history in locations around the Getty Villa. Elena Mann. Villa Murmurs »

Dance in the Outdoors
August 2 and 3, 9 and 10, 16 and 17, Getty Center
Enjoy free outdoor music series in the Getty gardens featuring some of the best children’s musical artists from across the nation. This year’s line-up includes Mister G, Shine and the Moonbeams, and Alastair Moock. Garden Concerts for Kids »

Explore the Galleries

Families participating in Family Art Stops

All ages can participate in Family Art Stops

See Art, Make Art
Sundays in July and August, Getty Center
Jazz up your visit by exploring a work of art in the galleries with an educator, then creating your own masterpiece. Art Adventures for Families »

Make Friends with an Artwork
Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August, Getty Center
Get up close and personal with a single work of art at this half-hour, hands-on gallery experience geared toward families with children ages 5 and up. Family Art Stops »

Journey Back in Time
July 5, 19 and August 2, 16, Getty Villa
Enjoy a free, fun-filled 30-minute visit to the galleries focusing on art of the ancient world. For children (ages 5 and up) with adults. Art Odyssey for Families »

Create a Masterpiece

Blacksmith Tony Swatton in action

Blacksmith Tony Swatton in action

Make an Interactive Poster
June 28, 29, Getty Center; July 7, Getty Villa
Make your own interactive poster inspired by James Ensor at this pop-up screen-printing cart pulled behind a vintage Vespa scooter. At the Villa, get inspired by Roman rhetoric and oratory. Recommended for ages 5 to adult. Mobile Arts Platform Interactive Print Project »

Illuminate a Manuscript Page
July 25, 26 and August 6, 16, 23, Getty Center
Explore the idea of chivalry as you create your own manuscript page and add your thoughts to our online “book” of 21st-century chivalry. Art Lab: The Chivalry Project »

Build an Empire
July 19, Getty Center
Participate in an eye-catching architectural experiment and help to arrange “fuzzy” cubes across the Getty plaza into a wild canvas of colorful forms. Fuzzy Grids II »

Lay a Tile or Two
July 28, 30, 31 and August 1, 2, 3, Getty Villa
Join a weeklong community project to create a large mosaic inspired by artworks in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. ArtQuest: Magnificent Mosaics »

See Swordsmithing in Action
August 3, 10, 24, 31, Getty Center
How did knights get that shining armor? Master blacksmith Tony Swatton demonstrates materials and techniques used in making arms and armor of the Middle Ages. Recommended for ages 10 to adult. Artist-at-Work Demos »

And there’s more! There’s lots for families at every visit to the Getty:

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  1. Skye Richards
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    It is great what you are doing. It is so wonderful to see your efforts toward increasing the breadth of activities and ensuring their accessibility for all families.

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