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This summer, families can beat the heat and keep children creatively engaged with new and exciting programs at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Musuem.

For more information, visit www.crockerartmuseum.org.

Family Fridays
June 15 kicks off Family Fridays – a new weekly program where families enjoy art-making and music-making in the shady comfort of the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard every Friday from 11am to 12 noon. Each wek of summer, a different color of the rainbow will inspire Family Friday’s theme.

Family Concert Series
Also in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard is the new Family Concert Series, featuring stimulating musical performances, such as early childhood educator and author Bev Bos and educator/musician Michael Leeman on Saturday, July 7 at 11am, and Octopretzel on Sunday, August 5 at 1pm.

Crocker Kids Book Club
Keep children excited about reading during summer vacation with the Crocker Kids Book Club. A unique program to engage and entertain boys and girls ages 7 to 10, the Club pairs museum-themed classics of children’s literature with gallery experiences that relate tot eh characters’ adventures. The lineup includes:

  • July 10 – From the Mix-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg
  • August 14 – The Enormous Egg, by Oliver Butterworth

Parents and kids can meet the facilitator, JenniferMartin-Lopez, at a free orientation on Tuesday, June 26 from 3-4pm. The Club is $10 for Museum members, $15 for nonmembers. For more information, call 916-808-1060.

Wee Wednesday
This gallery-based art experience is for children ages 3 to 5 and is free with Museum admission and during the summer months will be a drop-in program that does not require advance registration.

Drop, Yak, Splat!
This program uses a different work of art each month to inspire art-making activity or gallery-baed sketching for families with children ages 5 to 12. This program is free with Museum admission and during the summer months will be a drop-in program that does not require advance registration.

Baby Loves Art
Gives littles ones ages infancy to 36 months a chance to sing, move, groove, touch and play while building key cognitive and motor skills. The program is $10 for Museum members and $15 for nonmembers to admit one child and one parent/guardian; each additional family member is $5.

The Art of Parenting
This new program provides parents (as well as grandparents and caregivers) important resources and support, giving parents a chance to socialize in a stimulating and fun environment while specialty care ensures any accompanying children are creatively entertained. Parents can take time to nuture themselves at The Art of Parenting: Let’s Play while learning creative art techniques. And at The Art of Parenting: Let’s Talk, parents will be taught how to talk to their children about sex and sexual imagery in art.

  • Let’s Talk – June 21, 6:30-8pm. Free for Museum members, $5 for nonmembers.
  • Let’s Play – June 28; July 26; August 16; 6:30-8pm. $20 for Musuem members, $25 for nonmembers.

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