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    Dig It!

    Saturdays and Sundays, except April 30

    Calling all aspiring archaeologists to the Skirball’s dig site! With the help of the archaeological staff in an outdoor field laboratory, discover what we have in common with people who lived centuries ago.

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    Family Art Studio

    Saturdays and Sundays, except April 30
    Special summer schedule: Tuesday–Sunday, June 13–August 20, except June 21 and July 4

    Enjoy one-of-a-kind art projects themed around Skirball exhibitions. Reinforcing the values of collaboration, community, and caring for the world around us, projects will ignite the imaginations of your family members, whether they are 2 or 102!

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  • Skirball Puppet Festival

    Sunday, April 30, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    $12 General; $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $7 Children 2–12; FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2

    Celebrate the art of puppetry and the power of stories at the Skirball’s annual Puppet Festival, featuring new and classic tales told with a delightful array of puppets, live music, and art making! This campus-wide, daylong festival brings together talented puppeteers and artists, working in a range of cultural and artistic styles—from shadow puppets to giant pageant puppets. A day of imaginative storytelling is sure to amaze visitors ages 2 to 102. Don’t miss the special Puppet Celebration at the end of the day!

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    Toddler Tuesday Sing-Along

    Tuesdays, 1:00–1:25 p.m., except April 11

    Included with admission to Noah's Ark at the Skirball

    Join our educators for circle time and singing with your little one.

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    Story Time at Noah’s Ark

    Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m., except May 31

    Included with admission to Noah's Ark at the Skirball

    Listen as flood stories from cultures around the world are brought to life through the timeless tradition of oral storytelling.

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    The Whole World Is a Narrow Bridge

    Fridays, 2:30 p.m.

    Included with admission to Noah's Ark at the Skirball

    Experience the Noah’s Ark galleries brought to life through a movement and dance piece that expresses the power of human beings to weather life’s storms by supporting one another.

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    Skirball Playdate: Sounds of Simon

    Sunday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    $15 General for Adult/Child pair; $10 Family Members and above for Adult/Child pair

    Inspired by the exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, listen to the sounds of different musical instruments, sing songs, and make your own instrument to take home!

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    Hands on History

    Sundays, 2:00–4:00 p.m., except April 30

    Get a real feel for the ancient world! Be on the lookout for a portable touch-cart that will pop up in Skirball spaces on Sundays. Visitors of all ages are invited to touch actual ancient artifacts and discover the many things that connect us to the past.

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  • The Park

    Tuesday–Sunday, June 10–September 3

    This summer, kick back and relax under the sun in The Park. Inspired by the exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, this interactive outdoor space offers music, games, and more.

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  • Skirball Playdate: Sunday in the Park

    Sunday, June 11, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    $15 General for Adult/Child pair; $10 Family Members and above for Adult/Child pair

    Let’s go to The Park! At this workshop, spend time in our new outdoor family hangout space, specially designed for music making and playing. Share stories about your favorite places to play, make new friends, and have a picnic with your family!

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  • Make Music Day

    Wednesday, June 21, 12:00–5:00 p.m.

    FREE

    Dance, sing, make art, and jam along at the Skirball’s celebration of Make Music Day, a FREE festival of music held every June 21 in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world. All ages and levels of musical experience welcome! 

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  • The Nest

    Tuesday–Sunday, June 23–July 23, except July 4

    Included with admission to Noah's Ark at the Skirball

    Welcome creatures to a new land through this participatory and play-based performance experience. Together with the Noah’s Ark performers, use found materials to construct homes and stories for both people and animals in the new world.

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