Target Free Family Saturday at JANM


Vicky Mihara Avery (Photo by J.K. Yamamoto)

Target continues its sponsorship of free family Saturdays at the Japanese American National Museum, bringing workshops, performances, and craft activities for young and big kids alike.

“That’s a Wrap” is the theme of the next Target Free Family Saturday on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. JANM is located at First and Central in Little Tokyo.

Participants can learn how to make an origami frog and see how far it can jump; design their own wrapping paper to wrap up something special; and make winter weather in Los Angeles with paper snowflakes.

At Ruthie’s Origami Corner, learn how to make an origami pop-up star.

Participation in all workshops is on a first-come, first-served basis. The schedule is as follows.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Drop in origami class

12:30 p.m.: Basic kid-friendly origami workshop with Vicky Mihara Avery (7 years or older, limit 20 students).

1 to 4 p.m.: Kidding Around the Kitchen will teach you how to make your own “fruit leather pouches” with a fun, healthy filling.

2 p.m.: Japanese gift-wrapping workshop with Vicky Mihara Avery (7 years up, limit 20 students).

3:30 p.m.: Furoshiki workshop with Vicky Mihara Avery (7 years or older, limit 20 students).

San Francisco-based Vicky Mihara Avery represents the third generation in her family to promote and share the experience of Japanese paper crafts. She has been an invited lecturer and instructor at museums, festivals, and origami conferences across the country, and has made guest appearances on Martha Stewart’s and Carol Duvall’s TV shows. Her DVDs “Origami Fun for Kids” and “Origami Fun for Kids, Too!” are currently being sold at the Museum Store.

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 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.

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

Origami hopping frogs


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