• toddler sing-along

    Toddler Tuesday Sing-Along

    Tuesdays, 1:00–1:25 p.m.

    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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  • girl with puppet at interactive story telling

    Two-by-Two: An Interactive Story Adventure at Noah’s Ark

    Wednesdays, 3:15–3:45 p.m.

    Included with admission to Noah's Ark at the Skirball

    Join our storytellers as they brings the timeless story of Noah’s Ark to life through theater, music, movement, and more.  Program subject to change or cancellation.

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  • kite crafting in family art studio

    Family Art Studio

    Regular schedule: Every Saturday and Sunday, except June 12
    Special summer schedule: Tuesday–Sunday, June 25–September 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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  • Girl and boy crouching in a sand pit, holding a clay pot

    Dig It!

    Regular schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, except June 12
    Special summer schedule: Thursday–Sunday, June 23–September 4

    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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  • Skirball Family Sleepover

    Play Ball! A Skirball Family Sleepover

    Saturday, June 4, 6:00 p.m.–Sunday, June 5, 9:00 a.m.

    $55 General Adult or Child; $45 Member Adult or Child

    For one night only, the Ark is home to a whole new ballgame! This baseball-themed sleepover features a tasty dinner and a special interactive tour of the exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American.

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    Skirball Playdate: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

    Sunday, June 19, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    $20 General for adult/child pair; $15 Family Member level and above for adult/child pair

    This Father’s Day, share the fun of America’s favorite pastime! Families will visit the exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, play old-timey games together in the amphitheater, hear baseball-inspired tales, and create a special keepsake celebrating their role models.

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  • Skirball Cultural Center Make Music Day

    Make Music Day

    Tuesday, June 21, 12:00–5:00 p.m.


    Dance, sing, 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. Open to everyone—all ages and levels of musical experience welcome—Make Music Day at the Skirball is part of the citywide festival Make Music Los Angeles (MMLA), now in its fifth year.

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  • buyepongo


    Saturday, June 25, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Inspired by the musical traditions of Colombia, Haiti, Belize, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Southern California, Buyepongo fuses merengue, punta, and cumbia rhythms with hip-hop, reggae, jazz, and funk.

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  • Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando

    Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando

    Sunday, June 26, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    This San Fernando–based ensemble of young musicians performs Mexican American and Mexican music that will make your spirits soar.

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  • Motherland Drummers

    Saturday, July 2, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Join the Motherland Drummers and groove to the dance and drumming traditions of Senegal, Mali, and the Ivory Coast. Crowd participation is encouraged, so step into the circle to dance, sing along, and clap hands!

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  • Kayageum Story

    Sunday, July 3, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Take a journey through traditional Korean music and dance with Kayageum Story and marvel at the captivating, zither-like sounds of the kayageum, one of the most popular and beloved Korean instruments.

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  • Mostly Kosher

    Saturday, July 9, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Los Angeles–based indie-global collective and revival band Mostly Kosher radically innovate upon Judaic and American music. Through ravenous post-klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains, the band serves a musical feast of jazz, Latin, rock, hip-hop, world, and folk music. Don’t miss these fearless soundsmiths, joined by celebrated dance leader Bruce Bierman, as they give music of the past a modern twist!

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  • Conjunto Tenocelomeh

    Conjunto Tenocelomeh

    Sunday, July 10, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Experience the folk music and dance of southern Veracruz as Conjunto Tenocelomeh take the stage.

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  • The Mudbug Brass Band

    The Mudbug Brass Band

    Saturday, July 16, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Check out the Louisiana-rooted, LA-based Mudbug Brass Band, hailed by Los Angeles magazine as one of five bands that “can’t be missed.”

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  • Santa Monica Youth Orchestra

    Santa Monica Youth Orchestra

    Sunday, July 17, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Enjoy classical music with a kick with the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (SMYO), a dynamic organization that provides tuition-free music education to a diverse cross-section of youth in an effort to bring cultural understanding, cooperation, and peer mentorship to its participants.

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  • Artichoke


    Saturday, July 23, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    This Highland Park–based band performs lively indie rock tunes that blend infectious pop melodies with whimsical lyrics.

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  • Môforró


    Sunday, July 24, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Based in Echo Park, MôForró plays triangle-driven, hip-swiveling dance music in the traditional, rootsy, pé de serra–style of forró from Northeast Brazil.

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  • Big Bang Television

    Big Bang Television

    Saturday, July 30, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Get on your feet as Hollywood–based Big Bang Television performs up-tempo, garage pop tunes at the Skirball.

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  • Las Colibri

    Las Colibrí

    Sunday, July 31, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    With their warm vocal harmonies and unique musical arrangements, this all-female string ensemble brings a contemporary twist to traditional mariachi music.

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  • Leftover Cuties

    Leftover Cuties

    Saturday, August 6, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Be transported to a bygone era during an afternoon with this noir-pop outfit from Venice.

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  • Deep Cut

    Deep Cut

    Sunday, August 7, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Grab your partner and come on down to hear Deep Cut. This trio of Los Angeles artists, joined by a renowned square dance caller, share their love for old-timey music.

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  • Los Angeles Chinese Music Ensemble

    Los Angeles Chinese Music Ensemble

    Saturday, August 13, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Hear both traditional and modern Chinese music with this accomplished ensemble led by performing artist Li Chi. Playing the erhu (the Chinese two-string bowed fiddle), Chi captivates audiences with her skilled musicianship.

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  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

    Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

    Sunday, August 14, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Latin Grammy Award–winning Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band bring whimsy to the amphitheater this summer, performing what the Chicago Tribune hails as “indie pop-rock for seriously groovin’ families.”

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  • Nicholas Lagesse

    Nicholas LaGesse

    Saturday, August 20, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Opera is for everyone! Baritone performer Nicholas LaGesse fills the Skirball’s amphitheater with his astounding voice.

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  • String Harmonies

    String Harmonies

    Sunday, August 21, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Don’t miss the unique fusion of Armenian and Middle Eastern sounds brought to the Skirball by String Harmonies. Playing the oud, violin, bass, and various forms of percussion, the band marries the modern with the traditional.

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  • Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble

    Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble

    Saturday, August 27, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Explore traditional gong-chime music and dances from the southern Philippines with the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble of Southern California.

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  • Nathalia Palis

    Nathalia Palis

    Sunday, August 28, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Nathalia Palis invites families to move and groove to an eclectic mix of bilingual sing-alongs, ranging in style from rock and cumbia to jazz and reggaeton.

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  • On Ensemble

    On Ensemble

    Saturday, September 3, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Be there as On Ensemble, one of the most respected ensembles in the taiko (Japanese drumming) world, performs at the Skirball.

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  • El Haru Kuroi

    Sunday, September 4, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Wrap up this season of Family Amphitheater Performances with El Haru Kuroi. Natives of East Los Angeles, El Haru Kuroi perform music representative of their cultural upbringing, blending the styles of Mexican, South American, African, and American music.

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