Connect with your family. Make art. Meet new friends. Learn together. Explore different cultures and our shared community. The Skirball offers an array of offerings for children and their families including a simulated archaeological dig, a multigenerational art studio, themed workshops, sleepovers, special events, Museum exhibitions, and the award-winning family destination Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™.
Archaeological Dig Site and Discovery Center
The outdoor archaeological dig site and research tent as well as the indoor Archaeology Discovery Center—which holds original artifacts from the ancient Middle East—give families the opportunity to journey together into the past and discover what they have in common with people who lived centuries ago. Roll up your sleeves, don an archaeologist's vest, and sift and sort through the remains of an Iron Age city buried beneath the sand to discover fascinating clues about life in the ancient world.
Family Art Studio
The Skirball's drop-in Family Art Studio offers an ever-changing menu of creative projects for families to work on together. Facilitated by local artists, these projects often incorporate recycled and repurposed materials—from cloth and canisters to widgets and wire—and focus on exploring the ways creativity and caring for our world can converge through art.
Festivals, Performances, and Special Events
Throughout the year, the Skirball brings together people of different generations and backgrounds for family-friendly festivals, performing arts programs, and other large-scale events that celebrate community and cultural diversity. Enjoy live concerts, dance performances, storytelling, art making, and more. Visit the Family Programs page to see what’s coming up!
Playdates and Sleepovers
Take part in a Skirball Playdate, a single-morning workshop designed for young children, or a Family Sleepover. Explore your creativity, connect with cultural traditions, and experience Museum exhibitions through activities. Advance registration is always required for these programs—visit the Family Programs page to see what’s currently being offered.
The Skirball Museum’s permanent and changing exhibitions provide opportunities for families to learn together, encounter new and unique perspectives, and appreciate our shared history and creative expression. Many of the exhibitions have participatory elements that engage visitors of all ages, while other exhibitions are geared specifically to family audiences.