JANM Free Family Day to Focus on Food

The Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo, will present Free Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This month’s theme is “What’s Cookin’?” come for a day of food and fun with a green/sustainability theme.

All-day activities:

• Decorate a reusable lunch bag to take to school each day.

• Put your own unique designs on a reusable water bottle.

• At Ruthie’s Origami Corner, learn how to make paper onigiri (Japanese rice ball treats).

frog-chef hat

12–3 p.m.: Balloon Monsoon will make and give away balloons in the shape of cupcakes and ice cream cones. Limit one balloon per child. Line ends at 2:30 p.m.

12–3:30 p.m.: Kidding Around the Kitchen will teach families how to make a delicious Mediterranean grain and vegetable salad. First come, first served; activity ends when supplies run out.

12:30 p.m.: Kieren van den Blink will present a special preview reading of her forthcoming book, “Yum.” A selection of the author’s previous books will also be available for signing.

1 p.m.: Learn how easy it is to grow your own tomatoes, and then make your own chunky tomato salsa with Kitchen Kid. Limited to 15 children; each child must be accompanied by an adult. Instructor must be notified in advance of any allergies. Sign-up sheet will be available at the information desk.

2 p.m.: Award-winning children’s book author Allen Say discusses and signs his new graphic novel, “The Inker’s Shadow,” which tells the story of his own coming of age at a military academy and his discovery of what it means to be American.

3 p.m.: Discover the benefits of gardening and composting in a fun hands-on workshop led by Hope Gardens. Limited to 20 children. Sign-up sheet will be available at the information desk.

3:30 p.m.: Join a sing-along with environmentally conscious tunes provided by Em Is for Music.

For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.

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