Yerba Buena Family Day on the calendar! This 6th annual event, on September 15th this year, has free admission to participating museums, hands-on art making for kids and families and free family-friendly performances. Free museum entry includes: the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), and the Children’s Creativity Museum. Each venue offers a huge array of free opportunities to see and make art.
Though SFMOMA is closed for updating, they'll have an On the Go pop-up in the neighborhood to let do creative construction activities. And the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival offers free performances by 2013 Grammy winner Lila Downs, plus other family-friendly performers throughout the Gardens. Here's what to expect:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Go construction crazy in Jessie Square with SFMOMA Families on the Go. Be inspired under the big top to engineer a constructed creature of your own design, and don’t miss a special living sculpture that changes right before your eyes.
Contemporary Jewish Museum: Celebrate the abstract wonders in the exhibition Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art by creating your own see-through art box using colorful transparent shapes. Add your own twisting and turning lines to a giant Wikki Stix art installation, and groove to live performances by Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock.
Museum of the African Diaspora: Create sidewalk art in front of MoAD and make a collage with textiles and photographs. View Gordon Parks' film The Learning Tree and the inspirational documentary Brooklyn Castle about a junior high chess team. Move to the Afro-Latino rhythms of the award-winning John Santos Sextet.
Children’s Creativity Museum: Learn the basics of clay animation and movie making in the Animation Studio. Direct and star in your own music video, then experience the new multi-sensory, interactive LED light exhibit in Sense It. Stop by early to receive your special one-hour timed admissions sticker and return for your hour of creativity (first-come, first-served basis).
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Enjoy an outdoor concert on the Esplanade Stage from 1-2:30 p.m. by 2013 Grammy winner Lila Downs and her band who have reinvented traditional Mexican music with original compositions fused with blues, jazz, soul, and more. Then delight in music, clowning, and kid-friendly activities in the Yerba Buena Children’s Garden and in Jessie Square from 12-3:30 p.m.
When: September 15 from 11-4
Where: Yerba Buena area, SF
Cost: Free (thank you Target!)