If you hear the words "family" and "festival" arrive together, you're apt to picture an afternoon of general crafts, non-specific activites, maybe some face-painting, maybe some games.
For "family festival" can too often translate into "a few non-descript hours" of unthemed recreation. But what's wonderful about Southern California is the number of incredibly specific and highly themed kid-oriented festivals, covering everything from engineering to live music to Queen Victoria.
Oh yeah, we went and got even more specific there. Or, rather, The Getty Center did. The big travertine museum on the hill in Brentwood is throwing a family festival oriented to the famous queen, or, rather, the arts that reigned in the days she herself reigned. And, yep, it's all happening as a complement to the exhibit A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, which is on at the center through June 8.
The ye olde family festival unfurls on Saturday, April 12 and it is free. Well, you pay to park at The Getty Center, yep yep, but once you've trammed it up the hill, you may jump into any of the doings, gratis.
British Music Hall Tunes'll sound out, live, in the museum courtyard and musician Ian Whitelaw shall bagpipe it up. And will the Pacific Opera Company take a spin through Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado"? Those two opera icons are so of the Victorian era, so you betcha.
Photos, a workshop on how to be royal (complete with tiara-making), and the LA Opera "performing music popular in Queen Victoria's day" shall round out the posh proceedings.
We do love a very honed-in family festival, one that isn't merely construction paper arts but, rather, a time, era, person, or place. Don't we all use "Victorian" to describe things, frequently? Rather than having our kids ask what we mean by that, we can take them to the museum for a daylong (fun) lesson.