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8/11: Japanese Culture Family Festival

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Saturday August 11th, 2018 Japanese Culture Family Festival

To celebrate the final weeks of Hello from Japan, Please Touch Museum is partnering with Japan America Society and Shofuso House to offer a day of exploration and discovery of Japanese culture and traditions.


Discovery Apron: Japanese Toys
9am – 5pm

Hello From Japan!, Main Level (Please see Guest Experience staff with black aprons)
All ages with adult caregiver

Explore what’s in the apron! Today, play with various toys that are on display in the Hello From Japan! exhibit.


Meet and Greet: Kimono Dressing
10-11 am
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All ages with adult caregiver
Explore traditional kimonos with certified kimono dresser with Tamiko Laincz.  Join Tamiko to look closely at the fabric, colors, and styles for different seasons.


Program Room: Kawaii Culture
11 am – 1:30 pm
Temporary Program Room, Lower Level
All Ages with adult caregiver
Drop in any time to experiment with materials and process, as you create works of art inspired by your trip to the Museum and the cute Japanese characters you’ll see in Hello from Japan!

Performance: Yuki’s Journey
11 – 11:30 am and 1- 1:30 pm
Please Touch Playhouse, Lower Level
Ages: 3+ with adult caregiver

Yuki’s best friend has moved all the way to Tokyo! Help Yuki go on a journey through farms, rivers, and forests to get to the city.


Performance: KyoDaiko Drum Ensemble
12 – 12:45 and 2-2:45 pm

Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All ages with adult caregiver
Feel the power of traditional taiko drumming during a performance led by KyoDaiko Drum Ensemble. Afterwards, get up close and practice some of your own rhythms!

Kamishibai Storytelling
1:30 – 2 pm
Hello from Japan, Main Level
Ages 3+ with adult caregiver
Get cozy and listen to stories told in a unique way.


Creative Arts with Shofuso House: Koinobori Pinwheels
2- 3pm
City Park, Main Level
All ages with adult caregiver
Make a personalized koinobori pinwheel for your family!  This traditional decoration is used in the celebration of Children’s Day in Japan.  Craft a pinwheel from paper and then add a cute koi for reach member for your family.  Take it outside a catch a breeze to see it come alive.


Tinker Time: Play With Your Food
3-4 pm
Temporary Program Room, Lower Level
Ages: 4+ with adult care giver
Make and create!  Get creative with food and explore materials, tools, and technology through open-ended explorations.


Music and Movement: Move to the Menu
4:15 – 4:45 pm
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All ages with adult caregiver
Meet us at the Torch to stretch, wiggle, and move your body as we end the day with an exploration of rhythm and movement.

Signature Events + Family Festivals

Our signature events include family festivals and holiday pop-ups. They offer expanded performance and educational offerings with a special focus that may celebrate cultural traditions and holidays, connect to national and local events, or highlight an area of focus in our exhibits.

Performing Arts

The Playhouse at Please Touch Museum invites children to exercise their imaginations and enter new worlds. Inside the theater, visitors experience theater in engaging, interactive and unexpected ways. The Playhouse is the perfect way to introduce young children to the performing arts!

Play Without Boundaries

Play Without Boundaries is a program and early opening for children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. It is a free event with registration. Enjoy the museum before it is open to the public with activities and experiences designed especially for this program, including sensory toys, performances and guest presenters. The Museum will be calmer and quieter with fewer people and reduced lighting and sound in exhibition areas.

Please Touch Museum is committed to providing experiences in exhibits and programs that are accessible and inclusive for all visitors.

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