June gloom. Photos of five-year-olds in graduation caps popping up on Facebook. Warnings from the DWP about potential brown-outs. Ah, the signs of summer in the City of Angels!
It’s time to plan how to entertain the whole family for the next few months. Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. You’ll find plenty to see and do for all ages at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. From June to September, enjoy free activities (and—as always—free admission!) like concerts, tours, and hands-on workshops.
Family Art Stops
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays | July 1–August 30 | 11:30 a.m.
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. Sign-up begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Information Desk.
Art Lab: Creature Camouflage
Thursday–Saturday | July 14–16 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Thursday–Saturday | August 4–6 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Friday–Saturday | August 12–13 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Join artist David C. Bryant and explore the art of camouflage through color, pattern, and shape using painting from the Getty’s collection as inspiration. In this free, drop-in workshop, participants will use collage to craft their own creatures, and then design a habitat in which their creatures may blend in or stand out.
Art Odyssey for Families
Saturdays | July 2, 16, and 30 | 11:45 a.m.
Saturdays | August 13 and 27 | 11:45 a.m.
Travel back to the age of mythical monsters and heroes in this 45-minute program that combines a tour in the galleries with hands-on activities involving teamwork. Explore works of art while learning about ancient gods, animals, or daily life. Geared toward families with children ages 5 and up. Sign-up begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Tour Meeting Place. Space is limited.
ArtQuest! Building Patterns / Shape x Shape
Friday–Monday | July 8–11 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Friday–Monday | July 29 –August 1 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Join local artist Becca Lofchie for a day of creating patterns and imagery with just a few basic shapes. Inspired by the exhibition Roman Mosaics across the Empire and the tilework found throughout the Getty Villa, participants will help “wrap” the Villa’s Outer Peristyle Garden with their own ephemeral paper mosaic creations.
Family Drawing Hour: Monsters and Superheroes
Saturday | July 9 and 23 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Saturday | August 6 and 20 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Saturday | September 3 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Use your imagination to create characteristics inspired by gods, heroes, and monsters of Greek mythology, or sketch from ancient images of these characters in statues and pottery. This one-hour program includes a family-friendly gallery tour and hands-on drawing activity, and is geared toward families with children ages 7 and up. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Tour Meeting Place. Space is limited.
Garden Concerts for Kids
In August, the Getty Center’s Central Garden fills with music for a free outdoor music series for families, featuring some of the best children’s musical artists from across the nation.
Saturday and Sunday | August 6 and 7 | 4:00 p.m.
Grammy award-winner José-Luis Orozco is an educator and recording artist who has dedicated his life to creating quality bilingual music celebrating Latin culture. Orozco is joined by his band for what promises to be a spirited weekend of bilingual sing-alongs that excite children with culture and positivity.
Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips
Saturday and Sunday | August 13 and 14 | 4:00 p.m.
Mista Cookie Jar is joined by his family band The Chocolate Chips to bring their signature blend of poetry, hip-hop, reggae, and bluegrass to the Getty, uniting rock star excitement with the warmth of family music.
Renee & Friends
Saturday and Sunday | August 20 and 21 | 4:00 p.m.
Last year Renee Stahl, best known as half of family duo Renee & Jeremy, released Simpatico, a collaborative record under the name Renee & Friends. She was joined by an array of singers, writers, and performers, including Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips and SNL star Maya Rudolph. Performing favorites from the Renee & Jeremy and Renee & Friends catalogue of heartfelt songs, she will be joined by a lineup of exciting soon-to-be-announced “friends.”
Admission to the Getty Center and Getty Villa is always free. Take advantage of the “Pay Once, Park Twice” program: Receive same-day parking at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa for one $15 fee. For more information about free family activities at both Getty sites this summer click here.