Just because they’re taking a break from school doesn’t mean your little vacationers have to take a break from learning. From art lessons at the Getty to droid-building at Rolling Robots, here are our recommendations for where to beat the summer brain zap!

Get Artsy at The Getty

Get your aspiring artists to the Getty for one of the city's best free art lessons and tours for kids. This summer, both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa offer regular art experiences for kids.

At the Getty Center:

  • Get up-close and personal with a single work of art in half-hour Family Art Stops.
  • In Art Lab, kids can explore the art of camouflage through color, pattern and shape using paintings from the Museum’s collection.

At the Getty Villa:

  • Travel back to the age of mythical monsters and heroes in Art Odyssey for Families.
  • ArtQuest!: Building Patterns / Shape x Shape offers a day of creating patterns and imagery with just a few basic shapes.
  • During Family Drawing Hour: Monsters and Superheroes, family members can use their imagination to create characters inspired by gods, heroes, and monsters of Greek mythology.

Get dates and times for all these activities at the Getty Center Website. Admission to both centers is always free; parking is $15 and reservations are required at the Getty Villa.

Online: getty.edu/visit/cal/family.html

photo: The Getty Center

  • Get Artsy at The Getty
  • Go Star-Gazing at the Griffith Observatory
  • Pick a Museum: We've Got Lots!
  • Get Sea Smart
  • Build Robots with Rolling Robots
  • Learn About Nature in the City
  • Visit Your Local Library
  • Tutor Time!

How do you keep active minds occupied during the summer?  Let us know your favorite smart tips in the comments.

—Melissa Heckscher