By Rachel Michelin
Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Crocker Art Museum to explore their new programs for kids – boy was I surprised! I must admit – it has been years since I have been to the museum. Every time I pass by, I think “I really need to go and visit”. Now I definitely will and will bring my kids too!
As part of the museum’s expansion, they have included a “hands on” section. The goal is to not only educate children (and adults) about art, but to give kids a great appreciation for how art affects all parts of their life.
The programs they are offering are as varied as the artwork that the museum houses with classes starting for young children through adults who are still young at heart. There are classes for individuals as well as opportunities for families to spend time together and explore the museum and the impact art can have on their everyday life.
As a mom of two, I was interested in the mission of the museum to help children develop and appreciate art and inspire children to find their “inner artist”. And the resources will blow your mind. There are classrooms filled with tools and hands on opportunities to help bring art to life, books and resource materials to study, and inspiration every where you look. More importantly, the museum has an enthusiastic staff committed to making art a part of every child’s life in the Sacramento region.
There is an “Overnight at the Museum” planned for the spring, camps during school breaks and summers, programs for home schooled children and you can even host your child’s next birthday party there! I had no idea what a gem we had in our area in terms of educational programming for kids.
While I am a big fan of bounce houses and parks, this is definitely one place I will add to my list to take my kids when we need to go on an adventure. Also, because the art is always changing, you can go on a regular basis and find something new each time you go.
In the next few weeks my kids and I will venture down to the Crocker for a visit – maybe I will see you there!
Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tuesdays, Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fridays – Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
College Students: $8
Youth (7-17): $5
Children (6 and under): Free