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Weekends at the Getty Feature Family Activities

Beginning Saturday, September 9, 2000, parking reservations no longer needed to visit the Getty Center on weekends

September 7, 2000

Los Angeles--With weekend parking reservations no longer required to visit the Getty Center, now is a great time for families to drop in and see the Getty. This fall there are many activities offered in English and Spanish for kids and families, from workshops, storytelling, and gallery tours to the popular all-day Getty Family Festival. On Saturday and Sunday, the Getty Center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is still $5 per car; admission to the Getty is always free.

Weekend Family Activities

Getty Family Festival
Saturday, October 14,
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Museum Courtyard

The Getty Museum hosts a day of celebration with performances by local dance and musical groups, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery games. This Family Festival focuses on the exhibitions The Queen of the Angels and Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders. Musical guests include the Susie Hansen Latin Band and Viver Brasil Dance Company. On an American tour from Belgium, theater artist Gabriel Ponti meshes the worlds of masks, marionettes, mime, and animated film. Produced by Community Arts Resources. Admission is free.

Getty Museum Weekend Family Workshops - Bring the family to visit the galleries with a teacher and create art projects in the studio. Workshops take place at 10:30 a.m.Ð12 noon and 1Ð2:30 p.m. Advance reservations required. Call 310-440-7300.

"Ceremonial Splendor" - focuses on the Painting on Light exhibition
In English: Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10
In Spanish: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24

"Angelic Books"- focuses on The Queen of the Angels and The Making of a Medieval Book exhibitions
In English: October 21-22 In Spanish: October 28Ð29

"Making Marquetry"- focuses on the decorative arts collection
In English: November 4-5
In Spanish: November 18-19

Art Adventures for Families - One-hour tours for children and adults to enjoy together include an introduction to the Family Room and a fun, activity-filled visit to the galleries. Meet in the Museum Entrance Hall, under the stairs. Every Saturday and Sunday in September at 2 p.m. (Presented in English. On Family Festival days, the tours are presented in both English and Spanish)

Artful Sundays - Families explore the galleries then create their own work of art. Drop in at the Family Room Patio any Sunday in September from 12-4 p.m. Activities are inspired by the exhibition Painting On Light.

Storytelling - Enjoy lively presentations of myths and legends related to the collections. Meet in front of the Museum's Family Room.

English: Saturday, September 9 and 23 at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Saturday, September 2, 16, and 30 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, October 7 and 21, 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Saturday, October 14 and 28 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, November 4 and 8, 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Saturday, November 11 and 15 at a.m. and 1 p.m. Every Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.

Spanish: Saturday, September 2, 16, and 30 at noon Saturday, October 14 and 28 at noon Saturday, November 11 and 15 at noon.

Sign-language interpretation: Sunday, September 10 and 24 at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Sunday, October 8 and 22 at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Sunday, November 5 and 19 at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.

Daily Offerings for Families

Family Room - in the Museum Courtyard
Try on costumes and explore portraits in "Picture Yourself."
Read books or play with puzzles.
Explore ArtAccess, an interactive multimedia system, to find information about art at the Getty.
Ask the docent staff questions about art and activities in the Museum.

Gallery Games - in the Family Room
Discover the Museum with "Perplexing Paintings," which leads families through the collection.
Take a delightful treasure hunt through the Museum galleries with "The Getty Art Detective."
Create your own masterpiece by taking an "Art Kit" filled with drawing materials into the galleries and gardens.

Family Audioguide - in the Museum Entrance Hall for rent ($3.00)
Learn about the Museum galleries through a recorded audio tour which includes stories, questions, and fun facts about art.
Discuss your discoveries as a family.

Art Information Rooms - one in each of the Museum's four Pavilions
Try hands-on activities and read books about art.
Explore ArtAccess, an interactive multimedia system, to find information about art at the Getty.
Ask the docent staff questions about art and activities in the Museum.

Helpful Information for Families

Food
Bring your kids to the cafe for pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, and other family-friendly food. Purchase drinks and snacks at several on-site carts.
Bring your own lunch and dine in any of the Getty's public seating areas.
Reserve picnic tables by calling 310-440-7300.

Strollers and wheelchairs - No charge
Available at the lower tram station and the coat check in the Museum Entrance Hall

Coat Check - in the Museum Entrance Hall
Note: Any bags or packages larger than 11 x 7 x 8 inches must be checked; contents of all bags and parcels may be inspected for security reasons.

Bookstores - in the Museum Entrance Hall and in the West Pavilion
Purchase books, gifts, and souvenirs for family and friends.

Sign-language interpretation is available for all public programs on request by calling 310-440-7300, or 310-440-7305 TTY for deaf and hearing impaired. Requests should be made 10 days in advance.

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