The Hammer's Free Family Day

"Exploring Architecture" is the theme of the activity-packed to-do.

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    Hammer Museum
    Learn about art and architecture, and dive into a few activities, at The Hammer Museum's free Family Day. It's happening in Westwood on Sunday, Sept. 8.

    What is your kids' experience of local architecture?

    Besides knowing the place where you live, of course. Do they call the big building located on the end of your block by a cute nickname, like the Blue Crayon? Do they note which structures around town seem old and which seem freshly built? 

    In short, are your young'uns aware of the vibe and pulse of the city they call home?

    Children often experience the fine arts before architecture, even though architecture is more in their immediate sphere. But the Hammer Museum is set on changing that up, if only for a day. Make that a free day, and a Family Day to boot. It's the Westwood institution's third pay-no-admission Family Day, and it is set for Sunday, Sept. 8.

    Architecture is at the heart of the day, specifically the works of A. Quincy Jones. It's the final day of the Jones exhibit, a show well worth seeing. The visionary was responsible, in very large part, for the look of Southern California's mid-century homes, a style that still has cachet today.

    What does this mean for the free Family Day? "Artist and architect-led activities introduce young people to scale, material, light, the urban landscape of Los Angeles, and much more." Cool. That's really the only word for it: cool.

    And kind of necessary, right? We live in this city. Why shouldn't we engage with it from a very early age?

    Gratis snacks'll be provided, and you can bet you and the fam'll leave with something artsy for the fridge front.

    As mentioned, this is free, but you'll park for three bucks beneath the Hammer.

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