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Art in Sacramento for Kids

March 20, 2011

One of the great things about having children in Sacramento, is that there are so many opportunities to let them develop their imaginations and expose them to the arts.
Every month, Downtown Sacramento hosts “2nd Saturday”, where local businesses, art galleries and restaurants open up for a progressive art show.

Enjoy an evening of art, music, wine (for the adults), and people watching at it’s finest.

Our family especially enjoys “window shopping” through the boutiques on J street, listening to the live music and eating slices of pizza at Luigi’s Pizza Parlor during this festive art show.

Historic Folsom also hosts their version of “2nd Saturday” as well as Roseville with their “3rd Saturday” or every month.

With the variety of art shows you can take the kids to view, don’t miss an opportunity to visit the newly remodeled Crocker Art Museum.

Recently I took my kids to their “Wee Wednesday” at the Crocker Art and was highly impressed. First of all, the museum itself is gorgeous (I have been to quite a few in my days of prancing abroad) and I was pleasantly surprised at the architecture and the work on display.

“Wee Wednesday” was great for the kids (preschool age). The instructor had the children discuss a particular painting, helped them to understand what they were viewing, read to them and ended in the education room where they were free to create their own artwork, play with puzzles, books and just…explore! It was a great experience for children starting to develop a love for art.

Now if you and your kids are more “hands on”- then a trip to one of the local art studios is for you. Art Beast is a favorite for many local moms- $8/ person and you can spend the entire day getting lost in your creativity at this drop in art studio. Painting, coloring, sculpting, dramatic play, daily classes and so much more! This place has everything to keep your creativity entertained for hours and hours.

Trailmix.net is another fun destination for some drop-in crafters. Create a critter, paint a flowerbox and other outdoor craft ideas on their “a la carte” menus.

Recreate in Roseville is an eco-friendly art gallery where kids can create their own masterpieces with recyclables.

So whatever you choose there are plenty of opportunities to expose your children to the wonderful world of art here in Sacramento.

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