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Camp Kidseum
June - July 2020

Jr. Archaeologists, Week 1: June 22 - 25

Jr Archaeology

This camp ‘digs’ into the core question: what is archaeology? Explore the field of archaeology with your own two hands! Unearth arrowheads during onsite digs, create your own miniature artifacts including bows and arrows, and see real-life treasures throughout the galleries of the Bowers Museum. In the end you’ll uncover what it takes to become an official Jr. Archaeologist.

Exploring Egypt, Week 2: June 29 - July 3

Missions and Ranchos

Travel back to ancient Egypt and learn the science behind mummies! Discover the fun of an onsite archaeological dig, visit the Bowers Museum’s galleries, and create art projects inspired by the mysterious inhabitants of Egyptian pyramids.

Pacific Exploration, Week 3: July 6 - 10

California Bounty

Navigate to this wayfinding camp to find your summer-fun! After learning from cultures of the South Pacific featured in Bowers’ exhibit Spirits and Headhunters, Kidseum instructors will teach you how to make your own navigation charts, construct your own miniature boats, canoes, and more!

Mini Animators’ Boot Camp, Week 4: July 13 - 17

First Californians

$280 Bowers Members, $315 General (Includes admission to Inside the Walt Disney Archives)

Discover the real magic behind the mouse this summer at Kidseum! See how Disney’s earliest films were made and create your own stop-motion animation film from storyboard to figurines and ultimate publication using Adobe Premiere, all in a collaborative team effort. This camp includes a special tour of Bowers Museum’s specially ticketed exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic.

Mini Animators’ Boot Camp, Week 5: July 20 - 24

Missions and Ranchos

$280 Bowers Members, $315 General (Includes admission to Inside the Walt Disney Archives)

Discover the real magic behind the mouse this summer at Kidseum! See how Disney’s earliest films were made and create your own stop-motion animation film from storyboard to figurines and ultimate publication using Adobe Premiere, all in a collaborative team effort. This camp includes a special tour of Bowers Museum’s specially ticketed exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic.

Journey to China, Week 6: July 27 - 31

California Bounty

Take a trip to ancient China and come face-to-face with real terracotta warrior horses in the galleries of Ancient Arts of China at the Bowers Museum. Create your own treasures in Chinese tradition including bronze mirrors, butterfly kites, clay dragons, and a tumbling Koshare puppet while learning gold repousse and block printing. Dig into an archaeological site and try your hand at baking a Chinese butter cookie with fellow campers for an extra sweet addition to your summer. Don’t worry, campers’ hands will be washed in between!

After school learning program

The Bowers Museum offers an absolutely free After School Learning Center for Santa Ana children grades 1st-8th (younger sisters and brothers in Kindergarten can register with an older sibling in 1st grade and above) 2:30-5:30 pm Monday-Friday year round!

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The Junior Ambassadors of the Bowers

One of the greatest benefits of the Bowers Museum’s Fellows program is the opportunity to send young high school age students to our Junior Ambassadors Program. This program enables students to travel to Shanghai and work as interns at the world famous Shanghai Museum for a period of two weeks in the summer. Began by Bowers Chairwoman Anne Shih over 20 years ago, well over 100 students have had their lives changed by working side by side with Shanghai Museum staff to gain confidence in public speaking by touring English speaking visitors in the museum. To build their skills, students take an intense course that teaches them about Chinese culture and the world class artifacts exhibited in the museum. This experience then extends to the Bowers Museum where they tour visitors and take additional classes over the better part of a year under the leadership of  Bowers' Docents.

Over the past 20 years, Bowers has enjoyed watching our Ambassadors grow as they are often admitted to important Universities around the U.S. We are very proud of the program and its many graduates. Your children can take part in this unique program too by joining the Bowers Fellows today!