The next Target Free Family Saturday will be held on Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. (at First Street) in Little Tokyo.

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

Have a jolly time with holiday-themed crafts and activities for the whole family. Admission to all activities and to the permanent exhibition “Common Ground: The Heart of Community” is free all day. Admission to the special exhibition “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” requires a separate purchase. All “Hello!” admissions are based on timed entry; obtaining tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

All-Day Activities

• Make a tiny lantern to brighten up your winter nights.

• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: JANM volunteer Ruthie Kitagawa shows you how to create a unique holiday ornament to hang on your tree or give to a loved one.

• Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Union Rescue Mission for the holiday toy drive.

Scheduled Activities

12–3 p.m.: Have your picture taken with Asian American Santa Claus, a JANM tradition.

11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Bring the kids to JANM’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum for a sing-along screening of “Frozen” and get ready to “let it go!”

1:30–2:30 p.m.: The Other Reindeer, a caroling quartet, will perform traditional and contemporary holiday songs on the JANM courtyard.

3–4 p.m.: Musician and storyteller Claire Mills will perform interactive vignettes looking at diverse traditions celebrated during winter, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

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

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