Who said summer was nearly over? It may be August, but you can ignore those “back-to-school” signs a little longer because the party is just getting started with Garden Concerts at The Getty. You and your kiddos can continue to celebrate the season on a high note by enjoying this series of free weekend concerts featuring some of the most popular children’s musical artists in the country. The best part (besides the free, amazing concerts, we mean) is that these take place at the Getty Center’s gorgeous Central Garden.  That means you get to plan a whole day at the Center, taking in some art, strolling the grounds and garden, and having fun on the tram that takes you high above the city.  And being the Getty, they have thought of everything – even providing blankets so you don’t have to tote them all day.


August 3rd and 4th from 4:00-5:30 pm
The Okee Dokee Brothers

The duo brings their blend of bluegrass and rock music just for kids to the Getty to kick off the season.  Their music, celebrating the great outdoors, won a Grammy for their recent album Can You Canoe?  You can get ready for the show by hearing some of their music here.

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August 10th and 11th from 4:00-5:30 pm
Recess Monkey

School’s out, but the teachers are here!  Recess Monkey is a trio of elementary school teachers who get just what kids like – high energy performances and lots and lots of loud and silly sing along-able songs. These kindie rockers are right up there with Justin Roberts and They Might Be Giants in the pantheon of kid rock stars, and we know you’ll love this show.  They’ll be playing plenty of songs from their newest release, In Tents, which was inspired by all things circus.


August 17th and 18th from 4:00-5:30 pm
Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell closes out the season with her brand of modern American folk music.  Her family joins her onstage, and will inspire your family to sing along to old favorites (songs by Woody Guthrie, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix) as well as learn some songs off her new album coming out later this month (recorded with another Red Tri favorite, Dan Zane).

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More Family Fun: Come early, if you’re attending the Saturday concert, and you can join the Family Art Stop. Families with kiddos 5 and up can sign up at the information desk to take a half-hour, hands-on art tour with a gallery teacher who leads the group in meeting a family friendly work of art and discovering new ways to look and learn.

Dining: Since these concerts take place during right up until dinnertime, the munchkins are sure to be hungry. The Cafe at the Getty Center is self-serve and features an array of kid-friendly options including pizza, burritos and sandwiches. But keep in mind that the Cafe closes at 3:30 pm on Sundays and is open until 6:00 pm on Saturdays. There is also the Garden Terrace Café, which is smaller, but overlooks the garden if you need a quick snack, and it’s open until 4:00 on weekends.  And finally you can always pick up snacks (and caffeine) at the coffee carts.  You may also opt to pack your own picnic to nosh on between jams.

Address/Hours/Admission/Parking: The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. From May 24 – August 30, 2013, the Getty Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Friday & Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. It is closed Monday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car.

Please note that the 405 construction can affect traffic and cause detours, and parking can be quite full on concert days – which gives you a great reason to come early and enjoy the art!

Online: getty.edu/garden_concerts.html

What’s your tips for bringing kids to the Getty? Let us know below! 

– Beth Shea

Photo credit: Alex Johnson, Kevin Fry, edenpictures via Creative Commons and donotlick via Creative Commons