Extracurricular Activities

By Michael Berick

The Fowler is one of the local Museum Day Live! participants. PHOTO COURTESY FOWLER MUSEUM AT UCLA

The Fowler is one of the local Museum Day Live! participants. PHOTO COURTESY FOWLER MUSEUM AT UCLA

No need to hit the classroom for a dose of learning. This month offers a host of events that offer a knowledge boost – and fun!

For the 10th year, the Smithsonian is hosting Museum Day Live! On Sept. 27, museums across America – including the Zimmer Children’s Museum, the Grammy Museum, the California Science Center, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Orange Empire Railway Museum – will open their doors for free. It’s an eclectic lineup that offers something for everybody. Visit smithsonian.com/museumdaylive to get an advance ticket for two (one ticket per household and per email address), more details and a complete museum list.

Curiosity is the theme for this year’s AxS Festival Sept. 19-Oct. 5, presenting a number of intriguing events in Pasadena and environs that bring together art and science. Kidspace (480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena) will examine the art and science of flight at its Imagination Workshop and Flutterby Art Center Sept. 21-Oct. 5. Flight fans might also be interested in a program of flying-inspired music Sept. 20-21 at Altadena Community Church (943 E. Altadena Dr.). Learn about the connections between water and life at Descanso Gardens (1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada-Flintridge) Sept. 7-Nov. 30. Another family-friendly exhibit is a show of origami art at Shumei Hall Gallery (2430 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena) Sept. 19-Nov. 19. The festival centerpiece, however, is the Sphaerae, an interactive, inflatable pavilion composed of five semi-transparent “bubbles” at 450 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. The Sphaerae offers a unique immersive experience and is the site for some multimedia performances. For more AxS information, go to http://axsfestival.org.

For another dose of Southern California’s richly diverse culture, check out the culmination of “Voices of LA:The Krupnick Festival of the Arts” hosted by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Sept. 14 at the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple (3663 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.). The free family-friendly event will include musicians, dancers, spoken-word and visual artists, food trucks and interactive workshops. Learn more at www.voicesoflafest.com.

Michael Berick is Calendar Editor of L.A. Parent

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