The Getty Villa
Date: Selected Saturdays and Sundays; see schedule below
Location: The Getty Villa
Admission: Free; a ticket is required. Call (310) 440-7300 and speak to a visitor services associate to book tickets.

Father and son complete an art activity at the Getty Villa
Hands-on workshops for parents and children are offered throughout the fall and spring. Discover the mysteries of mummies, learn how ancient works of art are repaired and restored, explore your creativity in clay inspired by Greek vases, and more!

Workshops vary from single two-hour sessions to four-part offerings for a variety of age groups. Workshops are free; a ticket is required. At least one adult must register with each family. Please notify us if you are not able to honor your registration so that your seats can be freed for other families. Email with cancellations or questions.

Past Programs

Gorgeous Gardens
Open to families with children ages 8–12.
Spark your imagination with flowers, fruits, and lush plants! Families are invited to take part in a workshop exploring the Villa's gardens. Look at how ancient artists were inspired by nature's beauty, sketch in the gardens, then paint your own plant-inspired work of art! Space is limited.
Sunday, September 26, 2010 for families with children ages 8–10, and Sunday, October 3, 2010 for families with children ages 10–12; 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

You Don't Look a Day Over 1000!
Open to families with children ages 10–14.
How do antiquities in museums look so good after thousands of years of wear and tear? Join educator Cynthia Querio for this two-session workshop to learn about the art of conservation—repairing and restoring ancient works of art. Explore objects in the galleries that have been restored, then try out fun hands-on activities that put you in the shoes of a conservator! Space is limited.
Saturdays, September 25 and October 2, 2010, 2010; 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

All the World's a Stage
Open to families with children ages 8–12.
Discover the birth of the dramatic arts in this fun family workshop. Learn what comedy and tragedy meant to the ancient Greeks, make masks and put on a performance with your family! This one-session workshop is offered 2 times. Space is limited.
Saturday, October 9, 2010, 2010; 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Repeats Saturday, October 23, 2010; 1:00 p.m.–4:00 P.m.

Mummy and Me
Open to families with children ages 8–12.
Explore the mummies of ancient Egypt in this fun, hands-on workshop for families! Learn about mummification; make beautiful, magical amulets; meet the Mummy of Herakleides; and turn someone in your family into a mummy! This one-session workshop is offered three times. Space is limited.
Sundays, March 7, 14, and 21, 2010; 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Creating a Codex
Open to families with children ages 8–12.
Discover the Florentine Codex, a 450-year-old account of Aztec culture, in this family workshop complementing the exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire. Explore the history of the book and then design you own version! This one-session workshop is offered five times. Space is limited.
Saturdays, March 27, April 10 and 17, May 1 and May 8, 2010; 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Captured in Clay
Ancient people depended on objects made of clay for everything from storing food and lighting their homes to honoring their dead. Participants explored exquisite ancient vases and amazing terra cotta sculptures, and examined finely made oil lamps. Then they entered the studio to create in clay themselves.
Saturdays, November 7 and 14, 2009; 10:00 a.m–noon
Saturdays, November 7 and 14, 2009; 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Explore Texture
This fun four-session class investigated the many materials of the Getty Villa, inviting children to learn with their senses! Participants explored bronze, stone, cement, plants, and marble. Then they experimented with clay in the studio to learn about texture in art and life.
Sundays, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2009; 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sundays, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2009; 1:00–2:30 p.m.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.