Bowers KIDSEUM, an interactive children’s museum and learning center founded in 1994, is an extension of the main Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Dedicated to pre-school and early elementary aged children, it offers a “hands-on” experience for history, art, and culture. A new traveling exhibit called FUTURE PARK: Art & Technology in collaboration with TeamLab Kids, Inc. is coming September 17th and will be here until January 15, 2018. Designed to inspire creative thinking, encourage collaborative play and build and interest in digital technology, this digital exhibit features four areas for the children to explore – Sketchtown, Light Ball Orchestra, Connecting Blocks, and Hopscotch.
Children can draw colorful pictures of cars, buses, buildings and more to create an amazing virtual town bustling with activity. The town is projected on oversized exhibit walls from floor to ceiling and is reactive to the child’s touch. The children’s drawings can also be made into an original 3-D papercraft model that they can take home.
Sketch Town. Photo Courtesy of Bowers Kidseum.
Light Ball Orchestra
Children can play in an elaborate orchestra by rolling soft, oversized balls that are nearly as tall as they are! The giant orbs change sound and color when they touch and communicate with each other to play in concert.
Light Ball Orchestra. Photo Courtesy of Bowers Kidseum.
Connecting Block Town
Using different brightly colored blocks on a table that becomes a large-scale screen, children create digital thoroughfares for cars, boats, trains and planes! Soon, the city landscape comes alive as children team up to create working roads and railways crisscrossing each other as vehicles make their way.
Connecting Block Town. Photo Courtesy of Bowers Kidseum.
Hopscotch for Geniuses
Featuring beautiful artwork, shapes and designs projected onto the floor, this interactive path reacts with sounds and colors as children use their entire bodies to play. The perfect activity for busy minds and bodies!
Hopscotch for Geniuses. Photo Courtesy of Bowers Kidseum.
Future Park: Art & Technology
Open September 17, 2017 – January 15, 2018Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm(Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day)Members Preview: September 16, 2017 9 am-12 pm, Opening Day: September 16, 2017 12 pm-4 pm
2002 N.MAIN STREETSANTA ANA, CA 92706714.567.3600
1802 N. MAIN STREETSANTA ANA, CA 92706TEL: 714.480.1520
BOWERS MUSEUM GENERAL ADMISSION:
- Weekdays: Adults $13, Seniors (Age 62+) $10, Students(12+) $10, Children Under 12* – Free at BowersFree at Bowers (*Must be accompanied by paying adult)
- Weekends: Adults $15, Seniors (Age 62+) $12, Students(12+) $12, Children Under 12* – Free at BowersFree at Bowers (*Must be accompanied by paying adult)
BOWERS KIDSEUM ADMISSION:
- Ages 2 and Up: $8
- Under 2/Members: Free
FIELD TRIP PRICING: $15 per student for tour and an optical art project. 1 chaperone for every 10 students is required and is free with additional chaperones $8 each. All certified teachers and special needs aides are free. School tours can be scheduled starting at 9:30 am Tuesday through Friday. Please allow 2.5 hours for check-in, tour, break, and art project. Minimum 15 students, maximum 80 students per visit. If more than 80 students, you may be asked to split your visit across 2 separate dates. Contact Tours Office at (714) 567-3680 or email [email protected] to schedule.
“Each year, KIDSEUM engages over 35,000 Orange County children through a variety of programs, including exhibits, family festivals, museum tours, art classes, school outreach programs, cultural art trunks, creative projects, storytelling, curriculum materials and artifacts.”
About Team Lab Kids, Inc.: Team Lab is a collaborative, interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors. Referring to themselves as “Ultra- technologists,” their aim is to achieve a balance between art, science, technology and creativity.
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