As a mom in St. Augustine for more than 14 years, I love finding new ways to keep my three children LEARNING while having fun! Recently, I’ve come across painting classes at the newly-opened Collaborative District, and hands-on arts and science workshops at tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine. Our tried-and-true family activity is seeing shows at Limelight Theatre, a treat for all ages. We also love the theater productions at St. Augustine High School and Murray Middle School (both art schools here in St. Johns County). There are some great musicals coming up this spring and summer. Check out the list below!
ART CLASS EVERY SATURDAY
Art and painting classes for kids are taught by Wendy Berthiaume every Saturday from 2 to 3:20 p.m. at the Collaborative District, 150 Riberia St., on the right past the St. Augustine Distillery and the Crave Food Truck site. My 6-year-old recently attended a Heather Brown-inspired painting class and came home with a colorful piece of art for her wall, complete with a palm tree, plants, and water in jewel tones. The Collaborative District features art, jewelry, handcrafted furniture and other items by local artisans.
ROBOTS, WEAVING, MAGNETS, ART & MORE!
Tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine is offering all sorts of arts and science classes for children. My 6-year-old and I attended a sewing and weaving class recently and learned so much, plus had fun! Bonus: We proudly brought home cute little heart pillows that we sewed ourselves (with a little help)! Here’s the schedule:
Great Tape Adventure (Ages 8-12)
You’re an Artist. Join the tag! Team artists to collaboratively create a large-scale mural on the Museum walls using painters tape. Explore scale, perspective, and texture as you learn to paint with tape!
You’re a Weaver. Join the tag! Team and textile artists to create works of art using traditional and DIY looms. Child/parent teams will learn to use harness looms and will also construct and use a box loom of their own.
*Each child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian*
$15 per family team of 2-3 (caregiver + one or two children)
You’re a Scientist. Join the tag! Team mad scientists to discover the mysteries of magnets as we explore their properties and create magnetic construction materials, ooey, gooey, magnetic matter, and magnet art.
ACTING WORKSHOPS AND MUSICALS
SCHOOL’S OUT THEATRE’S IN
March 20 and April 14
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
School’s Out workshops at Limelight Theatre take place on selected weekdays when school is out in St. Augustine and St. Johns County. These day camps touch on acting basics, theatre games, crafts, and storytelling. Inspired by Sunshine State and other popular books, students learn acting basics while having fun. Cost is $35 per student.
JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL
May 27 and June 3
Showtimes: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical. $15 for adults, $10 for students/children.
IF YOU GIVE … AFTER SCHOOL CAMP
April 11 – May 18 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Times: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The mischief begins when these cuddly animals get more and more demanding! Students will learn acting basics while creating scenes from the If I Give You … books. Designed for ages K-2. For more information, click here.
June – August
Five Disney-themed camps fill the summer at Limelight Theatre, with Cinderella Kids and The Little Mermaid Jr. as fully-staged musicals. See the list at limelight-theatre.org.
JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH
Time: 7 p.m.
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. is on stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre — presented by St. Johns County Center for the Arts Drama Department at Murray Middle School. More than 150 chorus, dance, and musical theater students are on stage in this musical. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/students. Head to https://www.showtix4u.com/ and search for THE MURRAY PLAYERS to purchase tickets.
LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
Showtimes: 7 p.m. April 20-22 and 2 p.m. April 23
A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Students in the musical theater program at St. Augustine High School will stage the show at the school, 2305 Varella Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets will be available at the door.
About the Author
Renee Unsworth and her husband are raising their three daughters in St. Augustine. Founder of event website, totallystaugustine.com, she is also is the marketing director at Limelight Theatre, a year-round community theater that stages live shows and provides theater education for ages 4 to adult. Renee also helps with other area nonprofits, writing press releases, providing photography, and promoting arts events in St. Augustine and St. Johns County. A Florida native, she loves the St.Augustine area and has a passion for the arts.