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Sharing the Beauty of Art with Your Kids at The Bowers Museum

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Growing up in London my mother would drag me to museums.  She would push my stroller from room to room showing me piece after piece.  I’m not going to lie, I hated it.  It sucked even more because then when I got older, my school would take us and I had to experience those boring pieces over and over again.

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When we moved to the states my mother wanted to continue sharing her love of art with me but it wasn’t that easy.  We had to travel to LA and that was a bit too overwhelming for a newcomer so our days of museums were put aside.  The funny thing about exposing your children to the art from a young age is that when the arts disappear from their lives, they feel a void.

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My soul craved art, sculptures and history.  It missed the dinosaur bones of the London Natural History Museum, the mummies of the British Museum and most of all the gorgeous paintings at the National Gallery.  In order to feed my love of museums, my mother would find galleries in Laguna and take me there.  By 10 I knew I was a lover of impressionist art and had a deep disdain for modern art (I appreciate it now but back then I felt it was an insult to the greats).

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I often wished that we had options in Orange County.  I had heard of the Bowers Museum so when I got my license I convinced a few of my friends to go.  It was a lovely museum and I enjoyed myself but then came boys and my focus shifted.  It wasn’t until I met my husband that I started going back to museums and sharing my love of art.  My husband is the most perfect person to take to a museum.  He absorbed everything and wanted to see even more.  The funny thing about life is that history often repeats itself.  Now I am a mother and am exposing my children to the arts.  Unlike me, my children are much kinder and don’t fight going to museums, they actually like it.

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This past weekend we went to The Bowers in Santa Ana.   It truly is a special piece of Orange County history.  The land that the Bowers resides on was donated to the city of Santa Ana by a local farmer, Charles Bower.

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The building was constructed in 1931 and expansions to the property happened once in the early 90’s and once again in 2007 causing the facilities to have expanded in size from the original 10,080 square feet to more than 100,000 square feet.  Architecturally the museum is breathtaking.  The original building and courtyard resemble a mission whereas the newer wings are bright and open with a modern feel.

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All in all it flows very well.  I love walking through museums and watching the light streaming into the room.  Part of my enjoyment of going to museums is taking random pictures showcasing the art as well as the feel of the moment.  We spent the entire day at the Bowers walking from room to room and even took a break and had lunch onsite at Tangata which was amazing.

Tangata Tangata calamari Tangata shrimp salad Tangata burger Tangata banana eggroll Tangata dessert

My kids thoroughly enjoyed taking in the art but once they heard that Bowers had a kid’s museum just a block away they insisted we go.  Unfortunately the museum closed right when we got there so I promised to take them the next day.  Oh my gosh did they have fun.  The Bowers Kidseum is the best kept secret in Orange County.

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The museum is a hand on fun filled zone.  It focuses on engaging children so that they can experience history, art and culture all in one place.  Had this been around when I were a child, my mom would have gotten me into art a lot faster.

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My children sculpted ladybugs with clay, made tissue paper flowers, learned about green screen videos, painted in a glow in the dark room, provided a puppet show as well as well as a dozen of other things all for $6 per person.

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Afterwards we headed to the Santa Ana Art District and grabbed an amazing meal at 4th Street Market and visited the Marcus Gallery to end the day of a very happy note.

4th street market with owner of marcus gallery street art

For more information on Bowers or the Kidseum please visit their website at http://www.bowers.org/

I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on facebook.com/photosbynaz.


We visited as a guest of the venue

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