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Bowers Kidseum Summer Camp + Giveaway


Looking for a Summer Camp that your kids will remember forever? Kidseum is hosting some of the best Summer Camps in Orange County for children ages 6-11. There are nine weeks of themed camps from June 19th through August 18th.

All Summer Camps are from 9:00 am-3:00 pm daily with pick up and drop off taking place at Kidseum (not the Bowers Museum). There are two extended care options available from 7:00 am-9:00 am for an additional fee of $40 and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm for an additional fee of $40.

Each day Kidseum will provide a light healthy snack for each camper from 10:15 am-10:30 am. Kidseum will not provide lunch and ask that parents send their child with a non-microwavable lunch each day and a water bottle.

If you register online, you will also need to download the registration form and send it to Kidseum before the first day of camp. Don’t want to register online, that’s okay, you can call our friendly staff (714.567.3694) or visit Kidseum during public hours and they can help you register.

Camp 1: Explore the Art of Frida Kahlo
June 19- June 23 9:00 am -3:00 pm daily

Explore the Art of Frida Kahlo camp will allow children to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of this beloved Mexican artist. Campers will create a series of art pieces inspired by Kahlo’s paintings. Children will also discover other vibrant Mexican cultural art by creating their own piñata, amate “bark” paintings, nichos Mexican boxes, clay sculptures and more. They will learn the importance of collaboration by creating a mural that will be on display at Kidseum. Campers will also have the opportunity to visit the Bowers Museum’s special exhibition, Frida Kahlo- Her Photos led by a special guest Frida Kahlo impersonator.

Camp 2: Junior Archaeology Camp
June 26-June 3 9:00 am -3:00 pm daily

Introduction to archaeology camp engages students to explore the ever expanding world of archaeology. Create a wide range mock artifacts and art projects with our trained art and archaeology instructors. Create miniature bows and arrows, design your own Japanese Shogun flag, and much more. This camp begins with answering a very basic question; what is archaeology? Campers will get a taste of cultures from ancient Japan and China, to cultures closer to home such as the Mayan and the Aztecs. The Bowers Museum will be hosting “First Americans: Tribal Art from North America,” where students will explore art from the Inupiaq, Hopi, Apache and many more. In addition our Bowers visit will include “The First Californians” exhibit, where students can see artifacts from people who lived here long before them. These young archaeologists will also explore ancient cultures with their own hands in two different on-site archaeological digs, with a mix of real and replica artifacts.

Camp 3: ART: Past, Present and Future
July 5 – 7 9:00 am -3:00 pm daily

Campers will visit the Bowers Museum’s California Bounty, Image and Identity, 1850-1940 to view landscape paintings and become inspired. With their new found inspiration, our campers will channel their inner California impressionist and create a plein air painting in the Bowers Courtyard. Campers will make 3D paintings of Degas’ Ballet Girls and Matisse’s Dancers, drool over Klee’s Cat and Mouse, explore a little Miró, O’Keeffe and Cezanne, and bake Jackson Pollock cookies as a sweet treat and more.

Camp 4 and Camp 5: Stop Motion Animation
Camp 4 July 10-July 14 9:00 am -3:00 pm daily

Camp 5 July 17-July 21 9:00 am -3:00 pm daily

Campers will learn the basics of Stop Motion Animation and the importance of collaboration. Students will work in groups to develop brief movie themes, draw story boards, build sets and create characters bringing them to life with photography to animate a short movie using Adobe Premiere. Parents can join us at 3:00 pm on the final day of camp for our mini film festival where campers will premiere the movies they created. Campers who participate in both weeks of Stop Motion Animation Camp will work together to create longer movies or sequels.

Camp 6: Ancient Arts of China
July 24 – 28 9:00 am -3:00 pm daily

China, sweetheart of the East, invites us on a journey through art as we create bronze mirrors, butterfly kites, secret doors, clay dragons, Terra Cotta Warriors and treasure books. We’ll try our hand at gold repoussḗ, block printing, make a tumbling Koshare puppet, Empress fans, and peek into caves at rock art. Baking sweet Chinese butter cookies and colorful window cookies adds to the flavor. Children will participate in a Chinese themed archaeological dig in the pits on the patio and visit the Bowers Museums’ Ancient Arts of China: A 5,000 Year Legacy. The camp will culminate with a special guest leading the campers through a Tai Chi workshop during the final hour of camp.

Camp 7: Ancient Egypt
July 31-August 4 9:00 am -3:00 pm daily

Campers will be immersed in the culture of ancient Egypt by creating art projects and participating in fun, educational activities. They will learn the important role that archaeology has played in understanding history. The experienced camp instructor will lead campers through a simulated ancient Egyptian archaeology dig. This camp is a great experience for those looking to learn more about ancient Egypt and improve their art skills utilizing a variety of materials.

Camp 8: Discovering the First Americans
August 7-11 9:00 am -3:00 pm daily

Native American week seeks to explore the wide ranging cultures from North and South America. From early Californians and warring plains people, to the amazing pyramids and the people that made them in Central and South America, Kidseum Camp 8 engages in art and archaeology of the first Americans. Summer projects as clay Aztec suns and traditional Apache meals, seeks to engage students in a wide range of art from early Americans. Campers will also travel to the Bowers Museum and visit our “First Californians” exhibit and explore real artifacts. This whole experience leads up to hands on mock archaeological dig, where students break into groups and uncover the mysteries behind the First Americans.

Camp 9: Mysteries of the Museum Camp
August 14-18 9:00 am -3:00 pm daily

Mysteries of the museum will include several in depth visits to the Bowers Museum. The exhibits that will be explored will include Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands and the Ancient Arts of China: A 5,000 Year Legacy. Campers will also get a behind the scenes tour of the museum’s collection that is not on display. There will be fun and educational activities and tours throughout the week.

GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a free week of camp (It can be any camp except Camp 2: Junior Archaeology, Camp 7: Ancient Egypt and Camp 8: Discovering the First Americans.). Enter to win on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner on June 12th – Good luck!

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  1. Yay! Summer is here!! Let’s have fun!!

  2. Took my classes on field trips to Bowers. Great!

  3. Wow, what a great giveaway for any kid! I know this would definitely make my boys really happy 😊

  4. Love to win this camp for my kids~!

  5. My son would love this 👍

  6. My boys would really enjoy any of these camp activities!!!

  7. How fun. My daughter would love to go

  8. My kids would love to go. Thank you!

  9. Sounds like it would be a lot of fun

  10. Sounds like it would be a lot of fun as a summer camp

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