Arts-Inspired Activities in Orange County This Summer


Summer is a time for more than amusement park adventures and beach days. With so many things to do in Orange County, there are plenty of art-related activities for your kids to partake in to help them fall in love with their creative side.  Here are a few upcoming events to help your kids develop a fascination for the fine arts.

Kidseum Summer Camp

At the Kidseum, the name says it all. This interactive cultural art children’s museum focuses on piquing the imagination of its patrons by offering exciting ways to explore both art and archaeology. The Kidseum offers 9 summer camp sessions throughout the summer season. With registration fees of $175-$215, kids can experience four fun-filled days of excitement.

Depending on which sessions you choose, your little ones will have the opportunity to learn about ancient civilizations, create their own cultural art projects, explore the act of storytelling, pick up the basics of stop motion animation, photography, video production, and more. These opportunities can help ignite a passion for creation and develop the young mind’s desire to learn new ways of expressing themselves artistically and exploring new creative outlets.

Celebration of the Arts

This fine arts and music festival features nearly 100 booths of excitement and a wide variety of entertainment and arts activities. Held at the Hurless Barton Park on Sunday, June 5, kids get the opportunity to participate in hands-on art activities and see a wide variety of artistic projects. This is a great opportunity to expose your youths to the many different types of art and entertainment, from stained glass and woodworking to watercolor paintings and live bands. This type of simple exposure can be the spark that leads them towards a love of painting, playing the piano, designing crafts, and more.

Studio Arts Festival

This arts festival, put on by the Irvine Fine Arts Center, is held at Heritage Park on June 4 and offers music and art demonstrations to its patrons. It’s a perfect opportunity to get children ages 0-17 acquainted with the ingenuity of Southern California artists and their original works. This is a great opportunity to introduce children to the gamut of artistic mediums and opportunities, including ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, fiber, and glass. This festival also features art demonstrations and music to help invite kids to explore the great opportunities available in the broad world of art and music.

Children’s Art Spot at the Sawdust Art Festival

The Sawdust Art Festival is held June 24-August 28, and features arts and crafts from over 200 Laguna Beach Artists. With art demonstrations, live entertainment, and an amazing array of art media including hand-blown glass, surf art, and metal sculpture, it’s sure to catch the eye of every visitor. Find your way to the Children’s Art Spot and head over to the Ceramic Center and give your child the opportunity to create their own piece of wheel-spun pottery for just $8. This type of tactile experience for a child can lead to a lifetime of interest in the art of working with their hands.

If your child finds that they are passionate about music this summer and want to learn to play an instrument, sign them up for ongoing music lessons through California Music Studios.