Did you know that August is National “Art Appreciation Month”? If not, then you are in luck- Because, 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 and while learning how to appreciate the arts in whatever form they choose.
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 age 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 24 from 11am-1pm, 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 1 from 11am-3pm families with young children will have a yee-haw time at the Crocker’s fourth 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. 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.
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!