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.
First Sunday Family Festivals
Join us for Family Festival activities in the Key Courtyard on the first Sunday of every month. Family Festivals activities remain free, as does admission to the KIdseum, an interactive children’s museum.
Thank you to the Nicholas Endowment for sponsoring our Family Festivals on the first Sunday of each month. Regular museum admission will apply on Free Family Festival day. The Target Corporation is no longer sponsoring free admission to the museum on the first Sunday of the month.
Santa Ana Sundays
Bowers offers free admission to all Santa Ana residents on Sundays through a generous donation in memory of Dorothy Goerl and courtesy of the Lockhart Family. Santa Ana residents will need to provide proof of residency through an ID, driver's license or utility bill.
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.
After-School Learning Center
Kidseum offers a free after school program for Santa Ana children grades 3rd-8th (younger siblings K-2nd will be considered). Each day Kidseum Educators spend one hour assisting students with their homework. Children also participate in visual and performing arts activities that help boost children's confidence, creativity, and communication skills. Students visit the Bowers Museum's exhibitions and are lead on tours by docents. In addition each week a professional artist or guest visits the after-school program to lead a unique activity.
Each month there is one parent meeting about important topics suggested by the parents. Refreshments and child care are provided during the meetings.