Family Activities

There’s always something fun for families at the Autry! In the Imagination Gallery, experience movie magic as you saddle up and ride through the West, just like movie actors do. Pose for photos on a pretend horse, explore the museum through themed scavenger hunts, and check out our hands-on sound effects station. On weekend afternoons, try your hand at panning for gold.

Each monthly Autry Explorers Family Program features dynamic guest artists and presenters, plus hands-on museum fun for all ages.

  • Pan for Gold!

    Pan for Gold!

    Saturdays–Sundays, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
    Every Second Tuesday of the Month, 10:00 a.m.–Noon
    Tuesdays–Fridays, June 12–August 3, 2018, 10:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

    Learn how to pan for gold, just like how the 49ers did during the California gold rush!

  • Guided Tours

    Guided Tours

    Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

    Explore our exhibitions with lively guides who provide deeper insight and context to what’s on display.

  • Bank of America Cardholder Free Weekend

    Show your Bank of America card for free museum admission during the first full weekend of each month.

  • Free Tuesday!

    Every second Tuesday of the month

    Enjoy free admission to the Autry the second Tuesday of each month.

  • Highlights of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection

    Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day

    Sunday, May 20, 2018, Noon–5:00 p.m.

    Celebrate the art, architecture, and history of the Arroyo Seco area!

  • Western Music Association Showcase

    Western Music Association Showcase

    Third Sunday of Every Month, Noon–3:00 p.m.

    Join musicians and cowboy poets as they perform stories and songs of the West and the American cowboy!

  • Homeschool Day

    Homeschool Day

    Friday, May 25, 2018, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

    Homeschooled kids and their families are invited to join us for a special day exploring the relationship people have had with nature throughout history.

  • California Continued Ethnobotanical Gardens

    Garden Chat: The Tongva and the California Environment

    Saturday, May 26, 2018, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

    The Autry offers drop-in garden activities several weekend days a month. The garden program features cultural and environmental educators from California’s diverse Native communities. 

  • Lummis Days

    Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Discover the creativity of Northeast Los Angeles through this weekend of art, music, and poetry.

  • SoCal Moms Great Big Family Play Day

    Sunday, June 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    The SoCal Moms festival returns to the Autry Lawn with games, face painting, rides, crafts, giveaways, food, and live entertainment.

  • Drop-In Summer Family Fun

    Drop-In Summer Family Fun

    Tuesdays–Fridays, June 19–August 3, 2018, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

    Uncover stories of people who shaped the West through hands-on objects, dress-up trunks, scavenger hunts, and playful activities inspired by Western history and culture.

  • Autry Ethnobotanical Garden

    Garden Chat: Renegotiating Your Relationship With Nature

    Saturday, June 23, 2018, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

    The Autry offers drop-in garden activities several weekend days a month. The garden program features cultural and environmental educators from California’s diverse Native communities.