Saturday, June 5, 2010

Free family activities at the Getty

The Getty Center and the Getty Villa are offering many family-friendly events this summer.

At the Getty Center, join Family Art Stops and get up close and personal with a single work of art in a half-hour gallery experience geared for families with children ages 5 and up. All summer long, Family Art Stops is offered Tuesday-Friday at 2pm and again at 2:30. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Art Adventures for Families is a one-hour, fun- and activity-filled gallery experience geared for families with children ages 5 and up, offered Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk at 1:30pm. The Center also offers Family Art Lab every weekend from 11am-3:30pm, a drop-in art workshop designed to exercise the imagination. Don’t miss the Family Room, open all day long for drop-in hands-on activities highlighting the Getty Center’s collection.

In August, the Getty Center’s Central Garden fills with music every weekend from 4-5pm, with the Garden Concerts for Kids, free performances by some of the best children’s music performers around.

Getty Villa

At the Getty Villa, embark on an Art Odyssey for Families Thursdays and Fridays at 12pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. The Art Odyssey is a 45-minute activity-filled journey through the galleries for families with children ages 5 and older. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place 15 minutes before the tour begins. The Art Odyssey is also offered in Spanish.

The Villa also offers ArtQuest!, a family drop-in program, weekends from 11am-4pm. Parents and children can play the Mysteries of Ancient Art game in the galleries and do fun art-making activities in the Outer Peristyle, such as mosaic-making and painting in the style of fresco. The Family Forum is also open all day for drop-in hands-on play and engagement for young and old.

Admission to the Getty Center and Getty Villa is always free. Parking is $15. Advance, timed tickets are required

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