Family Fun

Discover Japanese culture with our Family Fun programs! These activities and workshops allow the whole family to enjoy and learn Japanese arts and crafts together, while learning about Japanese culture and customs.

Mori Stories: Kamishibai Folktales
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Bring the whole family and delve into the world of Japanese folklore or stories through kamishibai paper theater. Join us for a reading of these classic stories and learn more about the celebration of our festivals. Reading starts on the hour with a short related activity to follow.
1:00PM, Thursday, April 2, 2020
Classroom A
The Old Man Who Made the Trees Bloom (CANCELLED)
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Mother’s Day Paper Bonsai
FREE with paid museum admission. (Unless otherwise specified) Pre-registration is not required.
Bonsai are small plants that look like miniature trees. Join us and make your own paper bonsai tree, just in time to celebrate the blooming woman in your life—Mom!
12:00PM, Sunday, May 10, 2020
Classroom A
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Father’s Day Samurai Sword
FREE with paid museum admission. (Unless otherwise specified) Pre-registration is not required.
Come make your own paper katana, a samurai sword. Make dad proud this year; pledge the sword and loyalty to your clan.
12:00PM, Sunday, June 21, 2020
Classroom A
Smiling cartoon stars
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Tanabata
FREE with paid museum admission. (Unless otherwise specified) Pre-registration is not required.

Make a wish for the Star Festival, Tanabata! Write your wish on a strip of colored paper, or tanzaku, and tie it to a branch of our Tanabata bamboo to celebrate.

10:00AM, Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Lobby
10:00AM, Thursday, July 2, 2020
Lobby
10:00AM, Friday, July 3, 2020
Lobby
10:00AM, Saturday, July 4, 2020
Lobby
10:00AM, Sunday, July 5, 2020
Lobby
10:00AM, Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Lobby
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Bug Origami
FREE with paid museum admission. (Unless otherwise specified) Pre-registration is not required.
The tradition of searching and identifying bugs outside is a popular summer activity for many Japanese children. Join us for some critter fun, as we make origami butterflies, cicada, and more in the spirit of this popular Japanese summer pastime.
12:00PM, Saturday, August 1, 2020
Classroom A
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Shūbun no Hi
FREE with paid museum admission. (Unless otherwise specified) Pre-registration is not required.
Make your own firework portrait for Shūbun no Hi, the Autumn Equinox, and learn some Japanese calligraphy for the start of fall.
12:00PM, Saturday, September 12, 2020
Classroom A
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Out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our museum visitors, volunteers and staff through the COVID-19 public health threat, the Museum & Gardens are closed until further notice.
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