10 Ways to Celebrate Annenberg Community Beach House's 10th Anniversary
April 25, 2019
by Nan Friedman
April 25 is the 10th anniversary of the Annenberg Community Beach House. Since opening to the public in 2009, the Beach House has been a go-to spot year-round for memory making. If you’re heading down for the first time or the millionth time and looking for some fun in the sun memory making of your own, Annenberg's 10th anniversary year is a great time to explore the Beach House for a terrific summer.
Here are 10 fun ways to celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us this summer:
1. If you haven’t been on a Marion Davies Guest House Tour, you are in for a treat! From June 14 through September 2, the Guest House is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Stop in during these times to discover the rich history of the Beach House with Santa Monica Conservancy docents. Tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes, and accommodate up to 15 people.
2. Tuesday, June 18 through Friday, June 21, from 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m., Beach Dances, returns to present contemporary dance rehearsal and participatory workshops on a platform in the sand, plus performances on Saturday, June 22, from 7-8 p.m., and Sunday, June 23, 5-7 p.m. Curated by Allison Wyper of Rhizomatic Arts. Free Beach = Culture artist events take place throughout the summer, and year-round.
3. Santa Monica Public Library at the Beach is SoCal’s only seaside pop-up library, happening Friday, June 28 and Friday, August 16 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy family-friendly activities like Seaside Storytime and Nautical Crafts. Sign out books from our curated collection of beach reads, enjoy games like bocce and ladder toss, or kick back, relax and read in the shade of our Surfside Lounge.
4. All are invited to splash in the historic Beach House Pool throughout the summer. Memorial Day Weekend plus the first two weekends in June the pool will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Starting June 14, the pool is open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. It’s half price on Mondays, excluding holidays.
5. Starting June 14, the Summer Game Room is the spot to get out of the sun, read, enjoy board games, ping-pong and other fun activities. Open weekdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., the Summer Game Room is open to all.
6. Free summer Monday Fun Day activities take place on site starting June 17 from 12-4pm. Kids of all ages can stop by for a craft or game experience.
7. For adults only (18+) there’s Sunset Swim every other Friday: July 12 to August 23, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Feel like a kid again and enjoy treats like s’ mores or frozen fruit bars, and big pool floaties during sunset.
8. The Community Picnic is an annual tradition. All are invited to pack a dinner and grab your friends and family for some good old fashioned summertime fun. Planned activities include games, crafts, an epic tug-o-war and more. It’s free, on Thursday, July 18 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
9. For a uniquely Beach House experience, check out the Cardboard Yacht Regatta on Saturday, August 24 for 5-8pm. Teams of two test the seaworthiness of their homemade cardboard yachts in a race across the Beach House pool. Entrants must register and construct boats prior to the event. Whether you’re in a yacht or a land-loving spectator, it’s a very fun time!
10. From June through September, if you or your family want to splash, stretch, kick, spike or paddle, check out the fun array of summer inspired Classes for a variety of ages. There’s floating fitness workout, stand up paddleboarding, semi-private swim classes, synchronized swimming, yoga, and beach volleyball.
About the Annenberg Community Beach House
The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is owned by the State of California and operated by the City of Santa Monica. The Annenberg Community Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the direction of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. The Beach House story is one of evolution from private to public, starting with the development of the property at 415 Pacific Coast Highway as an opulent private estate of silent film star Marion Davies in the 1920s.