Summer Camps 2011: L.A. Art Museums Have it All

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I’m always looking for new things for my kids to do during summer vacation.  This year I discovered some really creative summer camps and art classes at our local art museums. Here’s a quick rundown of their Summer 2011 programs.

LACMA Summer Art Camp; Kids explore the museum’s galleries and their creativity in summer sessions taught by artists.  There are camp sessions for children ages 6-9 and ages 10-13.  LACMA also offers Summer Art Classes for kids, teens, and families. Note: these sell out quickly, so sign-up early.

Fowler Museum at UCLA, KidsMuse Summer Camp: In this year’s program, “We be Jammin,” children learn about musical traditions from around the world by exploring the museum’s collection of non-western art, and engaging in art and musical activities.  Sessions are for ages 6-8 and ages 9-12.

Norton Simon MuseumThursday Summer Fun: Join the museum staff on Thursdays for themed tours and workshops for children and their adult companions.

Craft and Folk Art Museum and Peterson Automotive Museum, “Culture, Craft & Cars Summer Camp“: In this special summer adventure, kids will explore the Miracle Mile district and engage in lots of creative hands-on projects.  Two sessions available for children ages 6-12.  Limited space available so be sure to sign up soon!

Huntington Gardens, “Explorers Summer Day Camp“:  This program is for children ages 5-12 and promises a wide variety of exciting educational activities, from garden and gallery explorations, to hands-on kids activities.

There are also some great summer camps for kids offered by non-art museums.  My friends rave about the  Natural History Museum‘s “Adventures in Art” summer camp for grades K-6.

They also highly recommend The California Science Center‘s Hands-on Science camp for pre-school to 8th grade.  The Science Center has over 25 summer courses taught in modern lab environments.  And hey, classes compliment California State Science Standards.  What could be better than that.

Good luck with your summer camp plans, and see you in the galleries!


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