Creativity and Family Fun Within KidsWalk at ArtWalk San Diego!

kidswalkKidsWalk, at ArtWalk San Diego returns to Little Italy April 27th-28th, 2013. This is one of our favorite Springtime events, with FREE art related activities for kids by the likes of Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Living Coast Discovery Center, and The New Children’s Museum.

Be sure to click HERE for a full writeup from last year with location details, and helpful TIPS for attending. It’s a super fun event for the entire family. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

KidsWalk at ArtWalk San Diego ~ April 28th & 29th in Little Italy

kidswalkArtWalk has been one of my favorite Springtime events since it first started, many years ago. I’ve tried to attend every year, and have always enjoyed walking the streets of Little Italy, looking at assorted art from various artists. Once we had kids, I began taking them to ArtWalk as well.

A few years ago I discovered they had an area called KidsWalk, which is solely devoted to kids activities. KidsWalk is set up at Amici Park on Date Street & Union Streets, next to Walker Elementary. The area is set up with lots of tents from various affiliations, such as museums, art organizations, and local businesses.

Most tents have free art related activities for the kids. ArtReach, a local nonprofit associated with ArtWalk, has one such area. If you stop by KidsWalk at the right time, you might see the Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts performing, which is something our kids always find amazing to watch. One of our favorite KidsWalk activities is to join in with a group of others playing instruments with RhythmWorx.

This year, Birch Aquarium, The New Children’s Museum, & Rare Hare Studio will have crafts to make out of recycled materials, Art with Larisse will have a tent showing basic drawing techniques, and San Diego Seaside Scrollers will offer wood projects, to name a few! Mission Federal Credit Union, ArtWalk’s title sponsor, will also be at KidsWalk, with savings banks for kids to paint.

I’ve found that if you have kids, and head straight to KidsWalk, walking around the remainder of ArtWalk is much more enjoyable. KidsWalk allows them to use some of their energy, and gives them the opportunity to use their own creative outlet. I suggest setting aside an hour to and hour and a half to spend at KidsWalk.

ArtWalk San Diego, including KidsWalk, is from 11am-6pm, April 29th & 30th, 2012. There’s lots to see and do, and the festival is free! Click HERE to go to learn more about KidsWalk. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Create A Collage at Mingei’s December Family Sunday!

collagefamilysundayOn the third Sunday of each month the Mingei International Museum, located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, has a special Family Sunday with reduced admission from Noon to 4pm. Children and families can explore the Museum’s colorful exhibitions of folk art, craft and design, win a prize for completing a treasure hunt and participate in other activities such as storytelling and hands-on crafts.

Join artist and illustrator, Annika M. Nelson in creating your own collage using found papers, fabric and other materials for the December Family Sunday, on 12/18/11. Playing with shapes, layering textures and using favorite colors, artists of all ages and levels of experience will enjoy this hands-on opportunity to be creative. From portraits and more representational imagery to abstract compositions and patterns, Annika will assist participants in creating original art of their own design. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Special Family Sunday admission, from Noon to 4pm:
$5/family; $3/individual

DISCOVER MINGEI! Museum Treasure Hunt and Family Sunday are co-sponsored by The San Diego Union-Tribune and Enlace.

Collage art by Annika M. Nelson. Images provided by Mingei International Museum.

KidsWalk at ArtWalk San Diego

ArtWalk has been one of my favorite Springtime events since it first started, many years ago. I’ve tried to attend every year, and have always enjoyed walking the streets of Little Italy, looking at assorted art from various artists. Once we had kids, I began taking them to ArtWalk as well.

A few years ago I discovered they had an area called KidsWalk, which is solely devoted to kids activities. KidsWalk is set up at Amici Park on Date Street, next to Walker Elementary. The area is set up with lots of tents from various affiliations, such as museums, art organizations, and local businesses.

Most tents have free art related activities for the kids. ArtReach, a local nonprofit associated with ArtWalk, has one such area. If you stop by KidsWalk at the right time, you might see the Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts performing, which is something our kids always find amazing to watch. One of our favorite KidsWalk activities is to join in with a group of others playing instruments with RhythmWorx.

This year, the Chula Vista Nature Center will also be joining in the fun with live owls, sea stars, and crabs, plus a craft to take home. The Birch Aquarium will have a craft made of recycled materials. Mission Federal Credit Union, ArtWalk’s title sponsor, will also be at KidsWalk, with miniature piggy banks for the kids to paint.

I’ve found that if you have kids, and head straight to KidsWalk, walking around the remainder of ArtWalk is much more enjoyable. KidsWalk allows them to use some of their energy, and gives them the opportunity to use their own creative outlet. I suggest setting aside an hour to and hour and a half to spend at KidsWalk.

ArtWalk San Diego, including KidsWalk, is from 11am-6pm, April 30th & May 1st, 2011. There’s lots to see and do, and the festival is free! Click HERE to go to their website. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Art Soup

Art Soup is a drop-in art studio for children, located in the Encinitas area of San Diego, California.
Website: Art Soup