Kidseum's renowned artists will help you and your child get fully immersed in your experience by decorating your face, hand or arm with designs from places near and far! Noted for their creative work, Kidseum artists paint popular designs such as fire-breathing dragons and Egyptian cheetahs. Children of all ages are invited. Face painting is offered during normal public hours.
Dig and Discover Archaeology Adventure
An activity especially designed for groups, Scouts, birthday parties and summer camps, offers children a true hands-on glimpse into the world of archaeology. Wearing their best digging duds, they gather in the Kershaw Archaeology Room for an orientation on the protocol and science of an archaeological dig and information about an excavation site. They then proceed to the digging pits to apply their newly acquired knowledge as they identify and classify the artifacts they have discovered.
Have you ever wanted to dress up like an Indian princess or a Mexican Caballero? Kidseum is the place for that! We have a giant "multicultural closet" at your fingertips!
Play instruments from across the globe!
Every culture wears masks. Try one on! Can you guess where it's from or for what reason it's worn?
Listen to languages from near and far! Where do they come from? Where are they spoken now? Make your own language symbols on our rubbing table.
Imaginative Art Lab
Where else can you make a dragon from the orient or create your own Chi Wara headdress? Take your cultural lesson home with you in the form of your own artistic creation!
Founded in 1994, Bowers Kidseum, both an interactive children's museum and learning center, serves as an extension of the main Bowers Museum, offering multi-faceted art and cultural experiences for young children, their families and the community. Primarily dedicated to the pre-school and early elementary age, Kidseum's central focus is providing a 'hands-on' experience in keeping with the museum's mission to "enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures."
Mission: As the only cultural art-based children's center in Orange County, Kidseum is on the forefront of children's art education. While focusing on the beauty and meaning behind art and traditions, the center provides children with avenues for creativity, communication, and learning. Each year, KIDSEUM engages over 35,000 Orange County children through a variety of programs, including exhibits, family festivals, museum tours, art classes, school outreach programs, cultural art trunks, creative projects, storytelling, curriculum materials and artifacts.
Focus: Kidseum focuses on engaging children in an academically rich and developmentally appropriate environment where they can experience history, art, and culture, literally, at their fingertips.
Target Free First Sunday
Visitors to the Bowers can enjoy free access to the Bowers Museum, Kidseum, and all activities on the first Sunday of every month, thanks to the Target Corporation. To learn more about Target Free First Sunday, admission benefits, and Family Festival schedule, please click here.
Hours of Operations
- Friday – Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM
- Closed Monday – Thursday to accommodate scheduled pre-K through grade 3 school tours and art classes
Summer Hours: June 24 - August 31
- Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM
- Closed Monday
Donations are accepted with the understanding that everything at Kidseum will be used by infants and children up to 12 years of age. Items must be appropriate for hands-on, explorative use and will be used heavily. We accept items with an international flair in these areas: Dress-up, costumes, instruments (no mouth related), games, books, art supplies, school supplies, and cultural kitchen items. If you would like to make a donation of items to Kidseum, please contact us at 714.480.1520 or e-mail .
Kidseum recommends the FAMILY-Level membership to the Bowers Museum which includes two personalized membership cards and free admission for up to four children under the age of 18. Admission to Kidseum is free for all Bowers members. Members have exclusive savings on Kidseum programs and the opportunity to host your child(s) birthday party. To learn more about Membership, visit membership page.
Want to make a difference in a child's life? Become a volunteer at the Bowers Kidseum. We offer a free After School Learning Center program to children of low-income families in the Kidseum neighborhood. Kidseum needs math and reading tutors to help with homework from grades K-8 and art instructors to help with and lead after school art projects.
Other volunteer opportunities include:
- Face Painters
- Art project preparation (cutting, gluing, etc.)
- Assistance in Kidseum's interactive Art Lab
*Please note that all volunteers must pass a background check. Due to this expense, we request a commitment of at least 40 hours within a six month period.
To Learn more, please fill out the volunteer inquiry form