Museum Making Connections - Saturday KidsArt
Museum Making Connections: Saturday KidsArt
Saturday KidsArt is a spectacular and fun-filled two-hour program that provides an afternoon of exploration, enrichment and experimentation in the arts to children in grades K–5. The program is free, and no pre-registration is required.
During the first hour, the children engage in art-making activities facilitated by professional educators/artists. This takes place in the Museum art studios. Parents and caregivers are invited to stay and participate alongside their children, and many have come to look forward to these afternoons of family fun. The second hour is filled with movement as the children work with dancers from the Jeslyn Performing Arts Center on the Museum’s auditorium stage.
Saturday KidsArt offers a wide variety of activities, and children become involved in the visual arts, music, storytelling and dramatics. In all, this Saturday afternoon program provides a quality experience for everyone involved.
Parents and children alike love this program. Here are some comments the Museum has received from satisfied parents:
The Huntington Art Museum has become our town center. We invite friends to join us for an afternoon of making messes, encouraging our children and catching up on our lives. Sometimes we bring our children’s friends with us for the afternoon to allow them extended play dates while we enjoy their theatrical performances. It is the hub of fun in Huntington.
This is a great program for the children/families in the community. It exposes young children to art and encourages them to be creative and get up off the couch. It also allows quality fun time for families to spend together, even for those on a limited income.
Getting children onsite at the Museum provides a number of advantages not available to offsite programs – perhaps the most important is the access the children and their families have to HMA’s beautiful, professionally designed exhibitions. Of course, all of the Museum’s public resources are readily available during Saturday KidsArt: the nature trails, the conservatory, the permanent exhibitions, the temporary exhibitions. … During Saturday KidsArt, children have the opportunity to be fully immersed in the arts for two hours. Of course, that means they get messy. They make noise. They also make memories of time shared with family in creative, innovative self-expression.
Kids and families making art together in HMA studios