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Bring your little ones to Laguna Art Museum for an interactive Storytime and art-making experience unlike any other. Read-alouds will be supplemented with mindfulness exercises, art-making projects, or in-gallery activities that promote meaningful connections with caregivers and others.

This Month’s Session

In honor of Pride Month, the museum is hosting Pickle, a drag queen storyteller.

Museum members: $7

Non-members: $14

All children receive free admission. Tickets are required for accompanying adults only.


What To Expect

Check in to the program a few moments before 11:00 to grab a seat in the museum’s gallery. Children must be accompanied by an adult at check in and through the duration of the program. Children are encouraged to sit on cushions or in chairs with their accompanying adults. At 11:00, Pickle, a drag queen storyteller, will kick off the session with a dynamic reading of It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr. Our second book of the session is The Hips of the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish by Lil Miss Hot Mess and Olga de Dios Ruiz, a fun take on the classic “The Wheels on the Bus,” that encourages movement and expression. All readings encourage dialogue with children and accompanying adults. Spontaneous dancing and expression is encouraged!

After the readings, guests will take a seat at our project stations and will be lead in a paper doll fashion design project by a museum teaching artist. This project is inspired by this month’s books and hopes to encourage children to express themselves in a way that fosters confidence and acceptance about ourselves and one another no matter what our differences are. By working together with the accompanying adults, children can reflect on the stories read earlier in the program and make a memory together.

The program concludes at the end of the art project. Program attendees are welcome to explore the museum and Gallery Store.


What is Pride Month?

Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a transformative moment for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

It is a time to celebrate civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community while also uplifting the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

The Laguna Art Museum takes part in Pride Month celebrations to honor the longstanding history of tolerance and acceptance of the LGTBQ+ community in Laguna Beach.
The museum celebrates that differences in race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious or political values, national origin and social class contribute to our diversity as human beings and aims to promote an environment where each individual is treated with respect.


Who Is Pickle?

Pickle is our guest drag queen reader for this month’s Storytime program. Pickle is the Los Angeles organizer of Drag Queen Story Hour. Pickle has performed at various museums, libraries, media outlets and events throughout Southern California. She was recently recommended as the City of West Hollywood’s inaugural Drag Laureate by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Commission.


What is drag story hour?

Drag Story Hour is a global nonprofit organization created in San Francisco in 2015. Storytellers use the art of drag to read books to kids in libraries, schools, and bookstores.


What is drag?

Drag is a performative art that highlights and emphasizes feminine and masculine features utilizing fashion, makeup, humor, performance and extravagant elements. Drag is believed to have existed for centuries and is present in many cultures with close ties to theater.


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