After School Learning Center
The After School Learning Center utilizes the museum's permanent collections, traveling exhibitions and a curriculum that is aligned with California Department of Education content standards to engage students' imaginations and provide fun, hands-on learning activities that build core academic skills. The goal of the program is to increase access to the arts for Santa Ana's most impoverished children and support academic achievement through educational programs.
Special in-training workshops, related to exhibitions on display, are offered throughout the year for teachers. These classes provide instructional information to apply directly to the classroom and assist in pointing the teachers to subjects that will stimulate student learning through direct computer research, hands-on projects and speculative subjects.
Teen Arts Council
The Teen Arts Council (TAC) provides technology-driven cultural activities for 20 low-income students in grades 7 through 12 from Santa Ana. The TAC program is offered at no cost to program participants. It removes barriers that prevent low-income youth from accessing the museum's collections and builds the technological and academic skills that youth need to succeed. The TAC is offered two (2) days per week during the after school period.
Target Free First Sundays
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.
Kidseum Cultural Art Trunks, rented out for a small weekly fee, are designed to create a mini-gallery in the classroom. The trunks include materials related to their theme, such as hands-on art objects, lesson plans, videos, and books.