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 'promote education and understanding by
bringing the world's great cultural art to people of all ages'.
The name "Kidseum" was created by a child in a contest 10 years
ago, and now it is known by children as a safe haven where they
can develop their imaginations, and explore arts and cultures
from around the world.
As the only cultural art-based children's center in Orange County, Kidseum
is on the forefront of children's art education. Kidseum serves the children
of Orange County with advanced facilities and exhibition space. 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 80,000 Orange County
children through a variety of programs, including exhibits, family festivals,
museum tours, art classes, school outreach programs,
creative projects, storytelling, curriculum materials and artifacts.
Have you ever wanted to dress up like an Indian princess or a Mexican
Caballero? Here you can do just that! We have a giant "multicultural closet"
at your finger tips!
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!