The best in fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment

Los Angeles Times - - CULTURE MONSTER - By Grace Kri­lanovich cal­en­dar@la­times.com

Look­ing for some arts and cul­ture to share with your kids? Here’s a quick list of shows, ex­hi­bi­tions and other ac­tiv­i­ties sched­uled for Au­gust — the first in a new monthly roundup.

LACMA Tues­day Mati­nees. The Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art’s day­time film pro­gram­ming goes wall-towall Judy Gar­land this month with a slate of films in the Bing Theater: “Pre­sent­ing Lily Mars” (Tues­day), “Easter Pa­rade” (Aug. 15), “Sum­mer Stock” (Aug. 22) and “A Star Is Born” (Aug. 29). Info: Show­ings at 1 p.m. $2-$4. (323) 857-6000, www.lacma.org.

“A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.” The woodsy out­door stage lends en­chant­ment to the sig­na­ture pro­duc­tion of Will Geer’s Theatricum Botan­icum in Topanga Canyon. Info: 7:30 p.m. Thurs­days through Aug. 24, plus 6 p.m. Sept. 4. $10-$38.50. (310) 455-3723, theatricum.com.

Justin Roberts. An in­ter­ac­tive chil­dren’s work­shop at 5:45 p.m. pre­cedes the 7 p.m. con­cert Thurs­day by the twotime Grammy nom­i­nee and eight-time Par­ents’ Choice Gold Award win­ner. Info: Le­vitt Pavil­ion, Pasadena. Free. (626) 683-3230, www.levittpavil­ion­pasadena.org

Civil War Day Camp. Reg­is­tra­tion is still open for this one­day his­tor­i­cal pro­gram for ages 8 to 10 fea­tur­ing tours, games and crafts at the Drum Bar­racks Civil War Mu­seum in Wilm­ing­ton. Info: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fri­day. $20. (310) 548-7509, www.drum­bar­racks.org

Beauty and the Beast Jr. The­atre Pal­isades Youth presents an all-kid pro­duc­tion of the Dis­ney mu­si­cal, with book by Linda Woolver­ton, mu­sic by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ash­man and Tim Rice. Info: 7 p.m. Thurs­day and Fri­day, 2 and 5 p.m. Satur­day and 2 p.m. Sun­day. $15. (310) 454-1970, www.the­atrepal­isades.org

Big World Fun. The sum­mer mu­sic and dance se­ries at Ford The­atres wraps up with per­for­mances by TaikoPro­ject (Satur­day) and Kut­turan Chamoru Foun­da­tion (Aug. 12). Info: Per­for­mances at 10 a.m. $5. (323) 461-3673, www.fordthe­atres.org/pro­grams/big-world-fun

Gar­den Con­certs for Kids. The Getty Cen­ter’s free out­door con­cert se­ries for kids will fea­ture per­for­mances by Se­cret Agent 23 Ski­doo (Satur­day and Sun­day), Dan Zanes with Clau­dia Eli­aza, Pauline Jean and spe­cial guests (Aug. 12 and 13) and So­nia De Los San­tos (Aug. 19 and 20). Info: All con­certs start at 4 p.m. and are free. (310) 4407300, www.getty.edu

“Char­lotte’s Web” and Kalei­do­scope. Pa­cific Fes­ti­val Bal­let’s sum­mer dance se­ries pairs a chil­dren’s bal­let adap­ta­tion of the beloved E.B. White book with a dance per­for­mance fea­tur­ing re­turn­ing alumni and guest chore­og­ra­phers from “So You Think You Can Dance.” Info: 7 p.m. Satur­day, Scherr Fo­rum The­atre at Thou­sand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. $24. (805) 449-2787, www.civi­cart­splaza.com

Lucky Diaz and the Fam­ily Jam Band. The bilin­gual hus­band and wife duo — who won a Latin Grammy in the chil­dren’s al­bum cat­e­gory — will per­form at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Le­vitt Pavil­ion in Pasadena. An in­ter­ac­tive work­shop, “Lit­tle Hands, Big World,” will pre­cede the con­cert at 5:45 p.m. Info: Free. (626) 683-3230, www.levittpavil­ion­pasadena.org

826LA @ the Ham­mer. A Ham­mer Mu­seum writ­ing work­shop sub­ti­tled “Cel­e­brat­ing Our Sto­ries With Lan­guage,” geared for ages 8 to 13, will ask par­tic­i­pants to ex­plore the lan­guages of their com­mu­ni­ties. Info: 11 a.m. Aug. 13. Free; reser­va­tions re­quired. (310) 915-0200, work­shops.826la.org

Fam­ily Day: Art for Good. The Ham­mer also has its an­nual free fam­ily fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing art ac­tiv­i­ties, im­prov work­shops and mu­sic per­for­mances, all led by artists. Info: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19. (310) 443-7000, ham­mer.ucla.edu

Rob Ham­mer

TAIKOPRO­JECT dancers will be at Ford The­atres.

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