The following museums, libraries and bookstore offer programs where kids and teens can learn, explore and grow.
Craft & Folk
5814 Wilshire Blvd.
CraftLab Workshops are offered on a drop-in basis for the whole family utilizing exhibits as inspiration for arts and crafts projects. Folk Art Everywhere and other programs invite local artists to share their methods and teach youth to create works of their own.
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Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Art classes for teens and kids using 3D models, sculpture, experimenting with color or telling a story are some of the classes LACMA offers. Teens can sign up for classes on bookmaking, science drawing, costumed-figure drawing, making a movie with a mobile device and building an art portfolio.
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Kids of all ages can meet a saber-tooth cat and her kitten Nibbles at the “Ice Age Encounters” puppet show. Live performances featuring the pair are Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m, and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Teens 16 years and older who have a yen for paleontology can sign up to volunteer at the Fishbowl Lab where paleontologists work on restoring fossils.
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Car-theme story times with LA BookPALS and drop-in arts and crafts activities are available for kids visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Discover Center. The center also has hands-on interactive displays for kids to learn the science and art of the automobile. Summer camps for kids ages 6 to 12 are also available for budding car enthusiasts.
Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100
Kids learn about the environment, cultural sensitivity and community responsibility through art projects like making paper with recycled materials, creating hats for hospital kids and constructing such items as noisemakers and masks while learning about Purim and Mardi Gras.
161 S. Gardner St.
Baby and preschooler story times are Wednesday morning activities at the Fairfax branch. Kids ages five to 12 can take art classes taught by artists from LACMA on Wednesday afternoons. Teens can participate in one of the monthly art activities, Student Smart and a council meeting to discuss books, music and movies.
Barnes & Noble
189 The Grove Dr., Ste. K 30
Barnes and Noble at the Grove hosts a toddler story time on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m.
Third and Fairfax
Puppet shows, magicians, crafts programs and face painting are some of the on-going activities during the year at Farmers Market.