The Wildling Museum free Summer Family Day event, now in its third year, returns Sunday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors will enjoy free museum admission, along with a day of art and nature-inspired activities.

Adults and kids draw with colored pencils during an art activity at The Wildling’s Winter Family Day, held in February.
Adults and kids enjoy art activities at The Wildling’s Winter Family Day, held in February. Credit: Bob Canepa

The summer lineup of events will include a mermaid meet-and-greet, and face painting by Parties and Paint by Kate, along with a native raptor presentation by Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s Eyes in the Sky, a wildlife education program featuring rescued birds of prey.

At the Eyes in the Sky’s 10:30 a.m. presentation, visitors can learn more about raptors of the Central Coast. Guests can also participate in nature journaling and hands-on activities for all ages in the Wildling’s updated George & Barbara Goodall Education Center.

“We are excited to welcome the community back for our third-annual Summer Family Day,” said Stacey Otte-Demangate, Wildling Museum executive director. “Thanks to support from the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, we are able to continue offering this entirely free day for all.

“We hope local families will enjoy exploring our exhibitions and offerings, while also learning about some of our local wildlife.”

Summer Family Day Schedule
· 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Learn about native raptors and birds of prey with Eyes in the Sky.
· 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Meet the Little Mermaid and explore under the sea with Parties and Paint by Kate.
· noon-12-2 p.m. – Face painting by Parties and Paint by Kate in museum lobby.
· All day – Sketch and nature journal with leaves, rocks, and other natural materials in museum’s third-floor classroom.

Guests will be able to explore the museum’s exhibition Bird’s Eye View: Four Perspectives, Sedgwick Reserve: A Conservation Story, and Message in a Bottle by Elizabeth Criss.

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