Ruthie's Origami Corner is a popular feature at JANM's Target Free Famliy Saturday. (Photo by J.K.Yamamoto/Rafu Shimpo)

“Faces + Places” is the theme of Target Free Family Saturday at the Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., Little Tokyo, on July 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy a day of family fun and crafts. Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

Make a travel bag for your summer adventures, decorate a journal to capture travel memories, and make an origami jet plane at Ruthie’s Origami Corner. Fill out JANM’s family survey and get a free Metro token for your family (while supplies last).


11 a.m.: Doors open

11a.m.-4 p.m.: Hale’iwa Shave Ice will be giving out child-size shave ice (while supplies last, for children only)

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Family Little Tokyo Walking Tour (10 people max)

11:30 a.m. • 12:30 p.m. • 1:30 p.m. • 2:30 p.m. • 3:30 p.m.: 30-minute kid-friendly Japanese language classes by the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute (10 people max per class)

12 p.m.: Asian-themed candy buffet by Sweetlips Design (while supplies last, for children only)

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Make your own version of Kidding around the Kitchen’s award-winning citrus sunshine faces

1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Let Party Face airbrush your face (for children only)

2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.: Special Free Family Little Tokyo Gastronomy Tour by Six Taste Tours (families only, 14 people max)

4 p.m.: Doors close

For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit

Beverly Hills Lingual Institute is a unique private language school offering high-quality instruction in 25 languages. Well established and highly regarded, BHLI has an impressive student retention rate and is enthusiastically recommended by its own students as well as consulates, cultural institutions and area universities. During each eight-week term, BHLI offers more than 180 classes at all levels, beginning through advanced, using university textbooks and curricula.

Small classes of no more than 10 students meet once a week for 80 minutes and are taught by professional, native-speaker instructors, many of whom are also teaching at local universities and colleges.

Sweetlips Design is the chocolate-dipped and candy-coated lovechild of April Castelo-Canlas’ formal education in fine art and design, her background in retail visual merchandising, and a career in fashion licensing — all sprinkled generously with her natural knack for event planning and keen eye for detail. Fueled by a fiercely creative imagination and driven by intuitive artistic and technical skills, she creates a multitude of memorable, one-of-a-kind event experiences as individual and unique as each of her clients. No two projects are ever exactly the same.

Always experimenting with new ideas, she cites “love, art, childhood memories, nature, family and friends” as her main sources of inspiration. Castelo-Canlas lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé Nickolaus. She enjoys painting, sports, cooking, hiking, and of course, entertaining for family and friends.

Kidding Around The Kitchen (KATK) brings a “hands-on” cooking experience and lesson in which the kids actively participate in the preparation of recipes. The result of their cutting, measuring, cooking, and then eating their creations is more than simply a lesson in health. They get to see, touch, smell, and taste the fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, eggs, meats, and other ingredients that they may never have previously seen in their raw form.

Party Faces brings an exciting and colorful contribution to any event.

Six Taste’s Little Tokyo Food Tour. Little Tokyo is home to several restaurants, bakeries, and other historical eating establishments. Its 100-plus years of history provide some fascinating stories. Six Taste’s Little Tokyo Tour will take you throughout Little Tokyo, from Fugetsu-Do, a confectionary shop and the oldest building in Little Tokyo, to Chado Tea Room, where you’ll get to taste some authentic Japanese tea, to several other restaurants and other eateries.

Six Taste’s food tours are more than just walking and eating. They hope to provide you with an entertaining, educational, and exciting experience. You’ll learn about Japanese culture, the history of Little Tokyo, the art and science of tasting, and have great conversations over great food.

The “Gastronaut Tour” includes a balance of history, culture, and delicious food. You’ll stop at some of the most fascinating historical locations in Little Tokyo, meet owners of some of the neighborhood’s longest-running stores, try amazing food at seven different locations, and learn about Japanese culture and culinary customs. This tour is perfect for tourists or L.A. natives that have never ventured into Little Tokyo before.

Hale’iwa Shave Ice is a food truck that serves authentic Hawaiian shave ice.

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