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.

Educational Programming
NEW Season Starts Today
All programs open for Registration and Ticket purchase(s).
The season runs from October of the present year through the summer of the following year. The season is available for registration and ticket purchases on August 1st every year.
10:00AM, Saturday, October 1, 2022
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Sunday, October 1, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Tuesday, October 1, 2024
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
All programs will take place in the Kamiya Room, unless stated otherwise. No reservations needed.
Mori Stories: Kamishibai Folktales
Readings start at 1:00pm (Lasts approximately an hour with the activity.)
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. Reading starts on the hour with a short related activity to follow.
1:00PM, Thursday, October 6, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
“The Magic Rice Paddle”
1:00PM, Thursday, January 5, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
“The Rabbit on the Moon”
1:00PM, Thursday, April 6, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
“The Tongue-Cut Sparrow”
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Spooky Origami
Boo! Learn how to make an origami ghost to celebrate Halloween.
12:00PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activities for kids of all ages.
Virtual Family Fun Days
Virtual craft activities for kids of all ages.
12:00AM, Saturday, November 5, 2022
Virtual
Inu no Hi: Dog Day
12:00AM, Saturday, December 17, 2022
Virtual
Nengajo: New Year’s Cards
12:00AM, Saturday, January 7, 2023
Virtual
Orchid Galore
12:00AM, Saturday, January 28, 2023
Virtual
Year of the Rabbit
12:00AM, Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Virtual
Neko no Hi: Cat Day
12:00AM, Friday, March 3, 2023
Virtual
Mimi no Hi: Ear Day (Animal-edition)
12:00AM, Saturday, April 22, 2023
Virtual
Kasa: Japanese Umbrellas
12:00AM, Saturday, June 24, 2023
Virtual
I-Spy Japanese Sign Language
12:00AM, Sunday, July 16, 2023
Virtual
Marine Day : Sea Animals
12:00AM, Saturday, August 26, 2023
Virtual
Let’s Learn Japanese: Vegetable-edition
12:00AM, Saturday, September 2, 2023
Virtual
Den Den Daiko
Craft activity for kids of all ages.
Family Fun Day: Kanji Rocks
Learn how to write some kanji, Chinese characters, and paint it on your very own rock.
12:00PM, Saturday, November 19, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Mizuhiki
Use the magic of mizuhiki, washi paper cords, to bring the symbol of togetherness to your next gift.
11:30AM, Saturday, December 3, 2022
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Nengajō: New Year’s Cards
Join us throughout the holiday season to create a nengajō, a Japanese New Year’s card, to share with friends and family.
10:00AM, Saturday, December 17, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Sunday, December 18, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Thursday, December 22, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Friday, December 23, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Saturday, December 24, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Thursday, December 29, 2022
Lobby
10:00AM, Friday, December 30, 2022
Lobby
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Orchid Galore
Celebrate orchids at the Morikami by making an orchid chigiri-e (Japanese paper collage) style.
12:00PM, Saturday, January 7, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Love Card
Make an origami heart card for that special someone in your life!
11:30AM, Saturday, February 11, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
goldfish
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Goldfish Paper Craft
In Japanese, goldfish are called kingyo. Let’s learn how to make one out of paper!
12:00PM, Saturday, March 25, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Children’s Day
Join us in celebrating Children’s Day by making a koinobori, a Japanese flying carp, an origami kabuto hat, or color in a Japanese kimono-inspired bookmark.
10:00AM, Saturday, May 6, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Mushi no Hi: Bug Day
Take on the role of a bug-catcher and learn how to make some bugs out of origami.
12:00PM, Sunday, June 4, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Tanabata
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 5, 2023
Lobby
10:00AM, Thursday, July 6, 2023
Lobby
10:00AM, Friday, July 7, 2023
Lobby
10:00AM, Saturday, July 8, 2023
Lobby
10:00AM, Sunday, July 9, 2023
Lobby
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Teru Teru Tanzaku
Teru Teru Bozu are charms that are said to keep the rain away. Learn how to make one and combine it with a tanzaku, a strip of colored paper, for a small $2 donation.
12:00PM, Saturday, July 8, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Educational Programming
Registration Opens for the NEW Season Today
All programs open for Registration and Ticket purchase(s).
The season runs from October of the present year through the summer of the following year. The season is available for registration and ticket purchases on August 1st every year.
10:00AM, Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Thursday, August 1, 2024
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:00AM, Friday, August 1, 2025
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: Hashi no Hi: Chopstick Day
Celebrate Chopstick Day by making your very own origami chopstick holder.
12:00PM, Saturday, August 5, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
Respect for the aged day family
Craft activity for kids of all ages
Family Fun Day: “Respect for the Aged Day” Card
Celebrate the elders in your life by making a card for “Respect for the Aged” Day.
12:00PM, Sunday, September 17, 2023
Kamiya Room (Classroom A)
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