More fun in DTLA this spring: Play-themed events celebrate the “Plaza for All”

UPDATE: As of 3/16/20, these events have been postponed due to venue closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Music Center reports that they plan to reschedule the “Play on the Plaza” events for a later date. Stay tuned!

If you haven’t seen the redesigned and more interactive, visitor-friendly Music Center Plaza since September, then this is the perfect time to schedule a little trip to downtown Los Angeles. With new restaurants, a wine bar, public restrooms, more places to hang out, and the newly expanded interactive fountain, just to start, there’s a lot to see. And the Music Center is hosting several events this spring to show up their newly freshened digs. Come hungry, take public transport if you can, and make a real artist’s date out of it. You’ll see why the new plaza is getting attention from new groups and old friends.

See the press release below:

Calendar advisory

The Music Center launches Play on the Plaza! and hosts free activities for the whole family on select Saturdays in March, April and May

The New Series Takes Advantage of the “Plaza for All” as a Home for Free and Low-Cost Events that Showcase the Culturally Rich County of Los Angeles

Featured photo courtesy of The Music Center

The Music Center welcomes the public to the “Plaza for All” as the newly renovated space is transformed into a giant, weekend hangout offering visitors the chance to join, move and play on the fourth Saturday in March, April and May. Play on the Plaza!, a TMC Arts program, is a new series that offers free fun, games and activities on the redesigned Music Center Plaza, creating a casual gathering space for families, friends and kids. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020*11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Spring is in the air as March’s Play on the Plaza! features classic Looney Tunes™ cartoons playing on giant LED screens, multiple lawn games such as Jenga®, Connect 4®, Cornhole and Ladder Toss, plus a photo booth and giant inflatable rainbow; splashing in The Music Center fountain is highly encouraged. Three featured activities include:

  • Hello Critter Goat Yoga sessions at 11:00 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
    Led by certified yoga instructors, Nigerian Dwarf goats roam the class as participants inadvertently create playgrounds for the little goats to jump on, trot under and crawl through as various yoga postures are held by class attendees. The playful antics and gentle manner of these adorable critters open hearts, widen smiles and deepen stretches throughout each practice.
  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater and A Springtime Spectacular on Strings! perform at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
    The L.A. institution has delighted audiences of all ages with its puppetry and theatrical experiences for 57 years. This new show on The Music Center Plaza brings the sights and sounds of the season as Mama and Papa Goat provide a song-filled peak into a wondrous world of flora and fauna.
  • Art-making Workshops led by Ana Miro from the Artsy Wagon and Joan Harrison 
    Free art workshops teach participants how to craft a butterfly magnet and a floral crown to keep and take home; craft supplies and materials are provided.

Saturday, April 25, 2020* — 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

In conjunction with Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices, the April edition of Play on the Plaza! will offer free opportunities for the public to play games, listen to music and make art. The event will also unveil a newly commissioned art filter for the Plaza’s giant LED screens. Developed in collaboration with yU+co, a Hollywood-based digital design studio, the interactive software will create “living art” as the movements and actions of Plaza visitors will become reflected on the LED screens in the style of an L.A.-based artist. Program details to be announced. 

Saturday, May 23, 2020* — 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Program details to be announced.  

The Music Center Plaza
135 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, 90012 

This free public event is open to all ages. No outside alcohol is permitted on The Music Center Plaza. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Please check for a list of prohibited items on the Plaza.

Visit for more information about all celebratory events.*Schedule and artists subject to change.


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