Summer Activities For Kids at Bowers Kidseum | @bowerskidseum

It’s summer, and the kids are so in love with hanging out and watching Minecraft YouTube videos. Forget that, we need some amazing summer activities for kids, and why not head to a local museum for interactive fun and learning?

Bowers Kidseum
I decided to change up the kids summer activities with a visit to Bowers Kidseum since dad was off working. Amazingly, we had not had a chance to experience the fun of Bowers yet – so they had no idea what to expect.

Located in Santa Ana since 1994, Bowers Kidseum, is an extension of Bowers Museum, designed as an interactive children’s museum and learning center. Their hands on approach drew my kids in. The first exhibit was discovered was the rainbow bridge. While I read the history about the Chumash people on Santa Cruz Island and how the beautiful rainbow bridge came about, they were wandering up and across the bridge, already exploring.

Bowers Museum, Rainbow Bridge

Bowers Kidseum TipiThen we were invited into the Glow Cave to create some beautiful florescent painted scrolls. I told the kids to create something fun for dad seeing that it was Father’s Day, so they let their imagination fly with flowers, baseballs and words.

A few of the interactive exhibits we explored were:

  • Interactive smart boards/tablets where the kids were free to draw and work on puzzle pieces.
  • Story Room for live story telling (Hours are 11am and 1:30pm)
  • Drum Area
  • Tipis
  • Art Studio
My little ones truly enjoyed getting into the culture of the Native Americans and playing make believe in the tipis. They had a blast as I climbed into the larger tipi and they brought me different menu items for their imaginary restaurant. (They have pretend food for creative play in the tipis).

Before we left, we made sure to stop at the Art Studio. There we were invited to grab a handful of clay and create our very own dragon with a little instruction. The kids got creative with scales, ears, horns and more. With the excess clay they had, the created babies for their dragons. I just love seeing their imagination become a fabulous piece of art. Now we’re just waiting for them all to dry so we can paint them.

Bowers Kidseum also hosts many educational programs and summer camps. More information can be found here: Bowers Kidseum Summer Camps 2015.


1802 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Kidseum Hours Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Summer Hours:  (June 30- August 30) Tuesday-Sunday (Closed Mondays) 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Admission: Ages 2 and Up: $6; Under 2/Members: Free
Adult free admission with current Bowers Museum ticket stub
Bowers Museum Costumes

Disclaimer: We were invited to Bowers Kidseum and given free admission to share our personal experiences. No other form of compensation was received.

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3 thoughts on “Summer Activities For Kids at Bowers Kidseum | @bowerskidseum”

  1. Hello Jennifer,

    I am so happy your children enjoyed Kidseum! Can I share some of your photos on Kidseum’s social media, giving you credit of coarse. I would also like to share a link to your article if that is okay.

    Thank you,

    Jennifer Alvarado
    Director of Kidseum


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