Thursday Summer Fun Starts June 14

Date: June 14, 2018 - July 19, 2018
Release Date: May 17, 2018

Children and their caregivers learn about works of art in the collection then
make their own creations Thursday afternoons in June and July

Pasadena, CA—Thursday Summer Fun at the Norton Simon Museum is back! Starting on June 14 and continuing through July 19, spend Thursday afternoons at the Museum exploring the galleries and making original creations. Recommended for families with children ages 4–10. Free with Museum admission.

Sculptures for Our City
Thursday, June 14, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
If you could make sculptures for your neighborhood, what would you make and why? Take a walk through the Sculpture Garden and learn about its various sculptures and how they were placed there. Then design sculptures for your community using construction paper and maps.

Nature Prints
Thursday, June 21, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Inspired by leaves, stems and petals, Ellsworth Kelly examined the natural environment around him to create drawings and prints. Explore his work and create prints inspired by forms found in nature.

Summer Scene-a-rama
Thursday, June 28, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Escape into scenes by Impressionist artists, where the sun shines bright and the ocean glistens. Then create a diorama of a summer scene using collage and window boxes.

Color Fun
Thursday, July 5, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
How many colors can you find at the Norton Simon? View artworks by Sam Francis and Vincent van Gogh, and then experiment with using paint sticks in an array of colors. Watch as your colors glide onto paper and make new colors by layering. Then brush your colors with water for a special effect.

Pattern Play
Thursday, July 12, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Look carefully at patterns found throughout the collections in paintings by Giovanni di Paolo and Édouard Vuillard as well as sculptures from South and Southeast Asia. Then create an artwork with a variety of patterns using rubbing plates and recycled materials.

Animal Creations
Thursday, July 19, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
From monkeys and cows to exotic birds, all kinds of animals are depicted in the artworks at the Norton Simon. Go on an expedition through time and place studying these different animals. Then invent your own creature using Model Magic, sequins, pipe cleaners, feathers and more.


ADMISSION: All programs are free with Museum admission. Admission is $15.00 for adults; $12.00 for seniors; and free for Museum members, students with I.D., and everyone age 18 and under. For more information, call (626) 449-6840 or visit

WHERE: Norton Simon Museum| 411 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; located on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove Boulevards at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways |Parking at the Norton Simon Museum is free.



About the Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections. The Museum houses more than 12,000 objects, roughly 1,000 of which are on view in the galleries and gardens.

Location: The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. at Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways. For general Museum information, please call (626) 449-6840 or visit Hours: The Museum is open Thursday through Monday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday and Saturday to 7 p.m.).  It is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission: General admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Members, students with I.D., and patrons age 18 and under are admitted free of charge. The first Friday of the month from 4 to 7 p.m. is free to all. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Parking: Parking is free but limited, and no reservations are necessary. Public Transportation: Pasadena Transit stops directly in front of the Museum. Please visit for schedules. The MTA bus line #180/181 stops in front of the Museum. The Memorial Park Station on the MTA Gold Line, the closest Metro Rail station to the Museum, is located at 125 E. Holly St. at Arroyo Parkway. Please visit for schedules. Planning your Visit: For up-to-date information on our guidelines and protocols, please visit

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