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Exploring the World of Art in Sacramento with Kids

August 21, 2013

12570panel20By Heather Crivellone

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. With the variety of art shows you can take the kids to view, don’t miss an opportunity to visit the   Crocker Art Museum. During the summer, I took my kids to  “Family Fridays” at the Crocker Art Museum 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. The Family Friday series was a weekly program during the summer where families could enjoy making different art projects in the courtyard, followed by live entertainment.  Now, if you missed the summer events at the Crocker- there are plenty of family events throughout the year. Every Wednesday, they host their “Wee Wednesday” class for the preschool ages children and their caregivers.   This is an opportunity to introduce your young children to the beauty of art in a fun and interactive way.  Instructors will typically walk the children through the museum to a particular work of art and discuss it in ways that is fun and understanding for the children.  When we visited this event a few months back, they also read a story and  at the end of the class the children had an opportunity to explore Tot Land.  This is a child friendly, interactive area where the kids can play, create and learn about the world of art around them. Other special events that are coming up include: “Sketch It” on Sunday, August 25 11am-1pm where visitors five and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month and all supplies are included. No experience necessary On Monday, September 2 from 11am-3pm families with young children will have a yee-haw time at the Crocker’s third annual celebration of Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days. The West will be wild with wiggles and giggles in this event featuring live performances, craft-making demos, hands-on art-making, and even a petting zoo. On this day there will be Free admission. Tuesday, September 3 from 10:30am-12pm join other families at “Artful Tot”.  “Toddlers can explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive anytime during this drop-in program. Please dress for mess. This program is for children from 19 to 36 months old and their caregivers.”  $10 Museum members per pair (includes one child + one adult) $15 Nonmembers per pair (includes one child + one adult) $5 per additional person. These are just some of the events that are coming up.  Check the website and calendar for other fun filled events at the Crocker Art Museum.

If you are looking for more hands- on, create your own “masterpiece” with your children, then check out some of our local art studios like Art Beast and Recreate.  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. Recreate in Roseville is an eco-friendly art gallery where kids can create their own masterpieces with recyclables.

And if you are looking for an ongoing class for your little Picasso- then visit Kids Studio of Fine Arts. Your child can learn everything from the basics of drawing to more complex and expressionistic styles of drawing and painting.  They offer classes for children between the ages of 4 and 18 and have many classes available throughout the week. So, just remember that when you are thinking about exposing your family to the arts.. there is no need to travel far for museums and “culture”… our beautiful golden city already has it all!

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