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Need a family night out? Take a look at these family-friendly activities and events in Santa Barbara! Or visit our Family Fun Trek or Santa Barbara Family Ideas itineraries for inspiration for all ages. The part about a family visit to Santa Barbara is that it’s easy to leave the car in park and get around car-free! Cruise from downtown to Stearns Wharf and the Harbor in the waterfront shuttle for a mere $.50 per ride! Jump on an open-air trolley and head to Old Mission Santa Barbara or see the area from a different perspective with a sea kayak tour, ride on the water taxi or pedicab! For a true adventure, spend the day exploring the Channel Islands—one of the country’s most unique and stunning national parks, only a short ferry ride across the Santa Barbara Channel. From beaches to parks and fun in the sun to interactive museum exhibits, the best time is sure to be had by all in Santa Barbara!
The Whales are Here!! Bring the kids out for an unforgettable moment of a lifetime! Come aboard our 41 ft. Sailboat, safe and stable for the young. Never crowded with our 15 passenger maximum. Pack a picnic and enjoy up to 2.5 hrs of fun on the Pacific Ocean!
Step back in time! Explore the world through the eyes of Italian master artists. Paint mythical stories, portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes inspired by Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.
SHARKS...Bite Size showcases some of the smaller sharks found in the Santa Barbara Channel. come face-to-face with these marine predators and visit them at the touch pool. Learn facts about their struggle for survival and the impact humans have on sharks, the oceans and our planet.
This weeklong, full-day camp teaches the basic techniques of sculptural and functional ceramics including hand building and wheel throwing in a fun and relaxed environment. Students learn to make simple clay forms and experiment with surface decoration and glazing techniques, inspired by the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition. All materials and firings are included.
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center. This week: dar the delicate lines of Guadenzio Ferrari's Head of Madonna in pen and ink on tracing paper and finish by mounting it on tan board.
Meet live raptors such as Red-tailed Hawk, Western Screech Owl, or peregrine Falcon!
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum teaching artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8pm. See website for a full list of acitivites.
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