Family Performances & Art Days

Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts brings some of the most exciting performances from around the world to children and families in Los Angeles.

From rollicking musicals to circus acts and dancers to favorite stories come to life, each year at the Center for the Arts offers something new and awe-inspiring – a great way to cultivate a love of the arts in young audiences.

Upcoming Family Performances & Art Days:

Martial Artists and Acrobats of China

Chinese Warriors of Peking

The Chinese Warriors of Peking tell the tale of two rival martial arts disciplines competing in the ancient Chinese capital of Peking during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). With juggling acts, dazzling acrobatics, weapons handling, and live stage combat, the Chinese Warriors of Peking provide a culturally enriching experience that's ". . . an entertaining show for the whole family" (Eastbourne Herald).

Friday, September 28, 2018
Performances: 7:30 PM


Go, Dog, Go

Tomás and the Library Lady

presented by Childsplay

Based on the inspiring true story of Mexican American author and educator Tomás Rivera, this inspirational performance highlights the magic of reading, and what libraries—and education—can make possible.

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Performances: 2 PM
Family Art Day: Noon–2 PM

Sonia De Los Santos

Cirque Mechanics: 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Thrills, laughs, and excitement are on full display as Cirque Mechanics' 42FT–A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels transports audiences back to the timeless thrills of the big top circus ring. The action in 42FT (a name derived from the traditional diameter of a circus ring), is full of theatricality and a modern sensibility, in what Spectacle Magazine calls "the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil."

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Performances: 7:30 PM


Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza

Multi-instrumentalist and Grammy Award–winner Dan Zanes and Haitian American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza celebrate the children's music of folk and blues icon Lead Belly in a positive, interactive, and educational family performance.

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Performances: 2 PM
Family Art Day: Noon–2 PM


Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders

Vitaly has mystified fans all over the world with his signature illusions, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller, whom he successfully fooled in their hit TV show, Fool Us. Hailed as "one of the most captivating and enjoyable illusionists performing in the world today" (Chilliwack Progress), Vitaly's illusions breathe innovation and artistry into the field of magic and leave even the most jaded audience awestruck. 

Friday, April 12, 2019
Performances: 7:30 PM

What You Get When You visit:

In addition to the high-quality, professional performances, a visit to the Center for the Arts offers many ways for children to engage in the arts:

Family Art Days

Enjoy hands-on art activities with multiple projects designed for children of all ages before and after the show.

Meet and Greet

Meet with the performers in the lobby after most shows.

Free Museum Tours

Experience personal tours of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art (free admission).


Free Backstage Tours

Explore behind-the-scenes with backstage tours by Center for the Arts staff.

Explore Pepperdine

Enjoy beautiful courtyards, amazing views, and rolling lawns while discovering our incredible compus community.

Explore Malibu

After your visit, spend a day in Malibu by visiting the beach, Malibu Pier, and the Getty Villa.

Not all of these activities will be available at every performance. Some activities will have limited availability, and programming is subject to change at any time. Call the box office at 310.506.4522 for more information.