Family Fun

Due to the ongoing public health threat of COVID-19, please note that the location and format of our Family Fun events are subject to change and/or cancellation.  By participating, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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
All programs in 2020 are VIRTUAL ONLINE, see specific event for details. 2021 are FREE with paid museum admission. No reservations needed.
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, January 7, 2021
Off-site
Live Stream on Facebook
1:00PM, Thursday, April 1, 2021
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Honmei Choco
FREE with paid museum admission.
Come make your own box of clay chocolate, or chocolate decora, and learn about the Japanese tradition and customs for giving chocolate on holidays—Valentine’s and White Day.
12:00PM, Saturday, February 20, 2021
Off-site
Craft templates & instructions via Social Media
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Hinamatsuri DIY Kokeshi
FREE with paid museum admission.
Make your own customized kokeshi, a Japanese wooden figurine, to celebrate Hinamatsuri, Doll’s Day.
12:00PM, Saturday, March 6, 2021
Off-site
Craft templates & instructions via Social Media
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Mother’s Day Nuigurumi
FREE with paid museum admission.
Nuigurumi is the Japanese word for stuffed toy or plushie. Come make your own no-sew mini animal plushie using Japanese folding techniques on fabric. Perfect to keep for yourself, or give as a gift for Mom!
12:00PM, Sunday, May 9, 2021
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Father’s Day Koma
FREE with paid museum admission.
Come bring Dad to customize your own koma, a Japanese wooden spinning top, and learn about Japan’s rich history of this game and how these toys could be rigged to battle each other.
12:00PM, Sunday, June 20, 2021
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Tanabata
FREE with paid museum admission.
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, Thursday, July 1, 2021
Lobby
10:00AM, Friday, July 2, 2021
Lobby
10:00AM, Saturday, July 3, 2021
Lobby
10:00AM, Sunday, July 4, 2021
Lobby
10:00AM, Monday, July 5, 2021
Lobby
10:00AM, Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Lobby
10:00AM, Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Lobby
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Kakigori
FREE with paid museum admission.
In South Florida’s hottest month come make your own play kakigori, a Japanese summer treat of finely shaved ice, which is popular at festivals.
12:00PM, Saturday, August 21, 2021
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Orizuru for Peace
FREE with paid museum admission.
Join us to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy, and make orizuru, Japanese paper cranes. Learn about Japan’s history of making these as a wish for peace.
12:00PM, Saturday, September 11, 2021
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
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