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A To-Do List For Art-Loving Parents

Above: The cast of the San Diego Junior theater's 2010 production of "Pinkalicious The Musical."

For art-loving parents, there’s a particular kind of torture in seeing Facebook photos of your childless friends all dressed up, drinking red wine at a new gallery opening.

Or, even worse, having nothing to contribute at a lunchtime conversation about the meaning of “Peer Gynt,” but knowing you can recite every single lyric in the “Tangled” soundtrack.

Still, having kids does open you to a new kind of arts experience. Instead of looking at pictures on a wall, you help create them. Rather than watch musicians play instruments, you shake maracas right along with them.

And because San Diego is family-friendly, aging hipsters can still enjoy theater and dance, music and paintings. Here are some options for August:

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Finger Painting Friday

An afternoon of messy, creative finger painting that encourages collaboration with fellow classmates.

When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 12.

Best for: Ages 5 and under.

Where: The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown.

Cost: Free with admission.

Details: Thinkplaycreate.org

ARTivities

Make art inspired by pieces in the San Diego Museum of Art. This week is Asian Art; Aug. 9 to 12 features Pop Art; Aug. 17 to 19 explores sculpture; Aug. 24 to 26 features masks; and Aug. 31 brings Indian Art.

When: 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays throughout August (no class Aug. 16)

Best for: Ages 6 to 12.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park.

Cost: Free with admission.

Details: Sdmart.org

Hands-On Origami

A 45-minute program that explores Japanese origami and geometry as part of the museum’s newest Origami*try exhibit.

When: 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays in August.

Best for: Ages 5 and up.

Where: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 380 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido.

Cost: Free with admission.

Details: Sdcdm.org

Finger Painting Frenzy

Because you can never have enough finger painting experiences.

When: Noon Fridays in August.

Best for: All ages.

Where: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 380 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido.

Cost: Free with admission.

Details: Sdcdm.org

DANCE

Eveoke Summer Open House

Yes, you can enjoy modern dance at this evening of performances by the studio’s Concert Company, Apprentice Company and Youth Performing Group.

When: 6 p.m. Aug. 20.

Best for: Kids who can stay out until 7:30 p.m.

Where: Eveoke Dance Theatre, 2811-A University Ave., North Park.

Cost: $5

Details: Eveoke.org

THEATER

11th Annual Student One Acts Festival

See the next great playwright at this festival where students write, direct and design their one-act performances.

When: 5 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9.

Best for: Age 8 and up.

Where: North Coast Rep, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach.

Cost: $9 to $12

Details: Northcoastrep.org

“Pinkalicious The Musical"

Go over-the-top girlie and check out the musical version of this insanely popular kids book about eating too many pink cupcakes.

When: 11 a.m. Aug. 6, 7, 13 and 14.

Best for: All ages (who can sit for longer than 30 minutes?).

Where: San Diego Junior Theatre, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park.

Cost: $8 to $14

Details: Juniortheatre.com (also playing “Hairspray – The Musical.”)

MUSIC

Summer Pops with Ozomatli

The Latin-fusion band, already popular with kids, will perform hip-hop and salsa, samba and funk with the San Diego Symphony.

When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

Best for: Kids who can stay up late and dance all night.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South.

Cost: $25.

Details: Sandiegosymphony.org

BOOKS

“The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That” Activity Day

“A Whale of a Tale!” is the focus of this month’s party – learn about the different species of whales and create one out of origami.

When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Best for: All ages.

Where: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 380 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido.

Cost: Free with admission.

Details: Sdcdm.org

FILM

Family Film Day

MOPA’s monthly series continues with a screening of Pixar’s superhero family adventure, “The Incredibles.”

When: 1 p.m. Aug. 13.

Best for: Preschoolers and up.

Where: Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park.

Cost: $5 donation suggested.

Details: Mopa.org

ETC.

Friday Night Liberty

Walk through galleries, dance studios and enjoy free performances at this monthly event.

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Best for: All ages.

Where: NTC Promenade, 2640 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station, Point Loma.

Cost: Free

Details: ntcpromenade.org

These are easy, one-stop arts events.

But if you’re looking for something more intense (and something where parents don’t necessarily have to get involved), stay tuned for our list of local art camps, where little ones can finish out the summer in artistic bliss.

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Rebecca Simpson | September 16, 2011 at 3:48 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree there is something missing with childless parents when it comes to creating art with your children. I babysat 3 children when my two children were little. We would take out the paints, the cardboard egg cartons and were forever making little caterpillars. We would sit around with paint all over our hands and discuss how they would grow into beautiful butterflies. So many memories with the watercolors, finger paints and five wonderful little creative minds; heart warming memories no one could ever take away or replace. I still have some of those famous art pieces in a special wooden chest that I saved from years ago. Children are truly a real pride and joy to their parents. I know my two are to me! You brought back many, many precious memories of fun quality time I spent with my children. Good Article!

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Rebecca Simpson | September 16, 2011 at 3:49 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

& Thank You......

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leadingwebline | November 18, 2011 at 10:46 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

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