Three for Tweens to Explore the Arts or Aerospace

My Michael Berick

activities for tweens

The Akram Khan Company performs at the Valley Performing Arts Center. PHOTO BY RICHARD HAUGHTON

When your kids outgrow story times and kids clubs and hit the double-digits in age, it can be tricky to find activities and events that interest them. Here is a trio of Los Angeles events that target tweens and are probably acceptable for parents, too.

The Norton Simon Museum (411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena; will offer a Middle School ArtsLab from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 that will explore Renaissance art. Students ages 11-14 will get to examine how gold was used in paintings from that era, including Guariento di Arpo’s “Coronation of the Virgin” altarpiece. Then, they will use imitation gold leaf to make a collage that reflects something in their lives. While free, this class has limited space so online registration is required.

Tweens with an interest in aerospace or astronomy should have the Broad Stage (1310 11th St., Santa Monica; on their radar. During the venue’s Nat Geo Live: Mankind to Mars program at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-11, science writer Andrew Fazekas, aka the Night Sky Guy, will lead several Mars experts in a conversation highlighted by visuals from the National Geographic Channel’s series “Mars.” This event, which is recommended for ages 10 and older, will include a Q-and-A session with the panelists. $50-$85.

Dance takes center stage at the Valley Performing Arts Center (18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge; when U.K.-based Akram Khan Dance Company performs there at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 as part of the family matinees series. Khan’s acclaimed troupe is probably best known for its appearance at the 2012 London Olympic Games. This production, entitled “Chotto Desh,” uses interactive animation and innovative choreography to tell its mythical tale of one young man’s memories and dreams. $38-$58.

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