It’s summertime at the Getty, and that means families can explore works of art in the galleries, enjoy a series of outdoor concerts for kids by Grammy-winning performers, and take part in informative tours and hands-on workshops that welcome the season.
Admission to both sites and all the activities is free.
Every Sunday in July and August, families can jazz up their day by joining Art Adventures, where they will delve into a work of art in the galleries with an educator, then create a masterpiece inspired by what they saw. Materials are provided at this 45-minute program geared for families with children ages 5 and up. Sign-up at the Information Desk starting at 11:15 a.m. for programs happening at 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
On Sunday, July 14, families can experience a vision of the Getty in the very distant future in artist Emily White’s participatory installation, Help Yourself. Over the course of the day, visitors are invited to remove pieces from the museum (represented as an architectural model) to reveal a site transformed by millennia of natural phenomena. Help Yourself runs in conjunction with the exhibition Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990.
On Saturday, July 20, visitors can drop by to check out and participate in Fuzzy Grids II, an eye-catching project by Predock Frane Architects. In this unusual activity, visitors can help re-arrange colorful cubes across the Getty’s gridded plaza into a wild canvas of shapes. Visitors can make their own pattern or image or simply stand by and observe as this living work of art unfolds throughout the day.
In August, the Getty Center’s Central Garden fills with music on weekends from 4:00–5:30 p.m. with Garden Concerts for Kids, free performances by some of the best children’s music performers around. On August 3 and 4, the Grammy award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers (Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing) kick-off an all-star season and put their passion for the great outdoors into every note of their signature blend of bluegrass and rock.
On August 10 and 11, Recess Monkey returns with brand new songs from their latest circus-inspired release, In Tents, a fantastical celebration of popcorn, Tilt-a-Whirls, human cannonballs, dancing bears, and more. Elizabeth Mitchell wraps up the summer series August 17 and 18, bringing the gorgeous vocals and spare arrangements that have placed her firmly in the vanguard of modern American folk artists.