By Chanin Victor May 17, 2017

What are we doing this weekend?  I feel like HUMP DAY is the day of the week when families start asking this question.  Answers can range from, "What aren't we doing" to "I have absolutely no clue".  Whatever your answer, the good news is there is time to get prepared to be super busy if that is what you want.  If you have no plans and like it that way because  you've just been doing to much and need to rest, I get it.  Sometimes, I purposely free my calendar of events so I can hang out in my house with my dog, tortoises, daughter, and of course, husband (of course!).  "Hi, Honey!!!" 😘   At any rate, this is not one of those weeks.  There are so many fun things going on which you can check out in our Events Calendar

I have narrowed it down to THREE really fun things for you to make it easy.  

First fun event: K.A.M.P. (KIDS’ ART MUSEUM PROJECT)    Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10:00AM - 2:00PM

The Hammer Museum will host its eighth annual K.A.M.P. (Kids' Art Museum Project), which is a one-of-a-kind fundraising event imagined by artists for kids and their families.  Painters, sculptors, architects, and creative types of all kinds will lead inventive hands-on workshops in the carefree atmosphere of the Hammer Museum courtyard. The K.A.M.P. Reading Room will have celebrity friends reading their favorite children’s books to an audience of story lovers of all ages. K.A.M.P. attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch by Jon & Vinny’s and music by DJs. All K.A.M.P. proceeds support the Hammer’s free family programming.  

Here is a list of the celebrities and artists who will be in attendance:  Celebrity readers: Will Arnett, Jack Black, Elizabeth Chambers, Armie Hammer, Colin Hanks, Joel McHale, Michelle Monaghan, and Milo Ventimiglia
Participating Artists: Kelly Akashi, Gary Baseman, Christina Forrer, Hannah Greely, The Haas Brothers, Mark Hagen, Julian Hoeber, Roy McMakin, Alison O'Daniel, Michele O'Marah, Ruben Ochoa, Oliver
Payne, Gala Porras-Kim, Fay Ray, Rob Reynolds, Joe Sola, Jen Stark, and Stephanie Taylor.

Tickets are $150 and may be purchased online HERE.  $125 of your ticket is tax-deductible.  The Hammer Museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90024. 

I will be there with my daughter, so please say hello if you see us.

Photo Credit: (Tom Glynn)


Second fun event:  The California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard   Saturday and Sunday (all weekend) May 20 & May 21 from 10:00AM - 6:30PM

Do you have a favorite way to eat STRAWBERRIES?  The California Strawberry Festival is the perfect summer kick-off and a "Berry" Family Friendly Event that you will want to be a part of every year.  the festival covers 15 acres, with 50 food booths, live concerts, 200+ arts & crafts exhibitors, cooking demonstrations and best of all "Strawberryland" for Kids with rides and attractions and the "Strawberryland Kids Theatre".  There is a "Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest" which is toooo adorable for words.  More than $4.5 million dollars has been generated throughout the years to assist local non-profit groups and fun scholarships for future generations and youths of workers in the field.  It's totally worth the drive for a change of scenery and some good wholesome family fun.  

Tickets may be purchased online HERE.  General admission is $12. Kids 5-12 are $5 and kids ages 4 and under are FREE.  The food booths take cash only.  The 2017 California Strawberry Festival is located at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard.

BREAKING NEWS:  Our Family Four Pack of Tickets went to Julie An and her family.  She has two little children who love strawberries!  Congratulations Julie!!!  You may congratulate Julie too in our comments section on our Facebook post!  


Third fun event:    ANDY WARHOL: REVISITED at Bergamot Station Santa Monica  Show is open to the public with a reservation and is currently on view  Tuesday-Friday 10:00AM - 6:00PM and Saturday 11:00AM - 5:30PM Be sure to make a reservation.  Weekends are usually Sold Out, but during the week and after school (hint, hint) you can probably make a reservation easily.

This touring exhibition celebrates the iconic artist's work and it has been at Bergamot Station since February 14th, which coincidentally is the 30th anniversary of Warhol's death.  Revolver Gallery has over 250 works in inventory and is dedicated to promoting and preserving Andy Warhol's legacy.  

I decided to check it out myself last week and was blown away.  It's a small space, but there is so much to see and do there.  The kids will be excited to see some familiar prints and paintings, especially the "soup cans" where they will be able to now put a name to the iconic art work.  You'll start to notice many familiar paintings around the exhibition, including many of his fabulous celebrity friends.  At the entrance, the massive Rolls Royce that Andy Warhol owned, but never drove himself.  Some very famous and infamous people drove him around instead.  There is a photo op wall covered with soup cans where you and your kids can take selfies.  A short documentary shows you some scenes from Warhol's amazing life.  Finally, the gift shop is full of really cute, unique and fun things that your kids will love.  When you go home, top off the day by making your own Andy Warhol project with the family and here are some ideas on Pinterest.

The exhibition is FREE, but you must make a reservation HERE.  The Revolver Gallery at Bergamot Station is located at 2525 Michigan Ave. in Santa Monica. and the exhibition will be open through September 4th, 2017. 


Those are just my 3 top picks for this week, but remember to check our events calendar for more options.

Enjoy the rest of your week and have a really FUN weekend whatever you do!