Pretend City Children’s Museum celebrates its fifth birthday this month, and there’s no better way to do it than to look to the bright futures of the children who come through the doors and encourage them to be whatever they want to be! What do you want to be when you grow up? Pretend City Children’s Museum invites all children and their grown-ups to meet and interact with professionals from all over the community at their annual When I Grow Up Day! This giant career day celebration introduces children to accomplished professionals who live within our local community, and will inspire your child to dream big when it comes to thinking of what they want to be when they grow up!
NHM’s newest summer series takes you into the Nature Gardens, with activities around every corner that will awaken your senses.
MUSIC: KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez spins ambient tunes in the Nature Garden.
DRINKS: Sip on a garden-inspired cocktail as you walk through the gardens.
FOOD: Bring a picnic or enjoy a food truck! Peaches Smokehouse, S’Cream Truck, CreativEats Truck, No Jodas Cuban Kitchen Truck
PERFORMANCE: Butterfly stilt performers and Toy Theater shows throughout the evening.
WORKSHOP: Walk-up to learn about potting succulents with urban homesteading experts Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne.
PAINTING: Artist Peter Tigler leads a participatory image-making project that’s part fingerpainting, part color-by-number.
NATURE MAPPING: Become a citizen scientist and help us map nature in urban L.A.
TOURS: Take a botanical tour of the Nature Gardens led by NHM staff.
ADMISSION: Free with RSVP
Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights' show will be a high energy, interactive experience from start to finish, showcasing such "Joanie favorites" as "Mosquitoes," "Blast Off," "Wimoweh," and "Freeze Dance," along with an array of genre-hopping tunes from Joanie's newest album, Good Egg. "Blast Off," one of Joanie's most requested and rowdiest tunes, gives kids a chance to practice counting down from 10 backwards and then jumping as high as they can when everyone shouts, "BLAST OFF!" On "Mosquitoes," kids don't even realize they're learning to clap to the beats when they join Joanie in trying to "get 'em!" Kids will move like crazy during Joanie's "Freeze Dance" song, and on "Wimoweh" Joanie and the band will encourage kids to settle down and pretend to sleep and then startle their grown-ups when they ROAR! like lions.
WHEN: Saturday, June 21. TWO SHOWS: 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: $10 General Admission. $7 seniors, full-time students, children over 12. $5 children 2 - 12. Free to children under 2 and Skirball members.
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, which makes its way to Discovery Science Center beginning June 14, 2014 – September 7, 2014.
The exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovative, family-friendly displays. In MythBusters, co-hosts Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara take scientific investigation to exciting new levels by proving or exploding myths using their highly experimental approach and extensive backgrounds in special effects. Savage and Hyneman were heavily involved throughout the development of the exhibition to ensure guests experience a true MythBusting encounter.
Doors open to the public on June 14, 2014. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition is currently $10 per person plus general admission fees. Discounted tickets are available for a limited time.
The 5th annual Good To Go From Head To Toe Family Fun and Wellness Fair if happening Saturday June 7 at Pretend City! If you recall from the past, this fair is very popular and important to Southern California families, as it offers FREE HEALTH screenings, many of which are not a part of regular pediatric check-ups.
Where music, science, collections, and cocktails come together.
Tours—5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm
"Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Insects”
With Lisa Gonzalez, Assistant Collections Manager, Entomology, and NHM BioSCAN Project
On a typical day in L.A., Museum biologists engage in not-so-typical approaches to study the city’s incredible and ever-changing biodiversity. Camera traps in Griffith Park are photographing mountain lions and coyotes. Local residents are photo-documenting native and introduced reptiles, and volunteers are sifting through asphalt from the La Brea Tar Pits, discovering the diversity of our region's past. This season's First Fridays tours explore how Museum biologists are "Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Wildlife."
15 person capacity per tour. Tour tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles and Around the World”
With Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of the Best Bees Company
If you eat food, then you need to know about bees. As pollinators, bees help produce over 130 fruit and vegetable crops. As an economic force, honey bees alone contribute over $14 billion to the U.S. economy each year. Yet, bees are dying. Peculiarly, urban beehives seem to be thriving. The recent popularity of urban beekeeping is more than just a fad—data show that honey bees might actually do better in cities. Are beehives a necessary part of city living?