First Sundays in downtown Riverside is back after a missed month in January (for New Years Day). On Feb. 5, six downtown organizations will host free family programs from 1-4 p.m.
The seasonal family program, sponsored by the Riverside Arts Council, will continue on the first Sunday of every month through May. Participating organizations include Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Mission Inn Museum, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Public Library, UCR ArtsBlock, and Riverside Fox Theater Foundation.
Here is the list of upcoming activities:
"Chinese New Year," Riverside Public Library
Celebrate the year of the Dragon at the Library by creating a Chinese New Year picture frame craft from 1 to 2 p.m., listening to Chinese New Year stories performed by Karen Rae Kraut from 2 to 3 p.m., and then continuing to make Chinese New Year picture frames from 3 to 4 p.m.
"Wood, Rocks!" UCR ArtsBlock (Culver Center, Sweeney Art Gallery, and California Museum of Photography)
The ARTSblock First Sunday DIY team will be assisting participants in taking natural substances and turning them into artistic sculptures. Workshop participants can choose from various wood and rock samples to construct sculptures that honor both the great mysteries of the natural world as well as human creativity. "Wood, Rocks! will be lead by Maxwell H. Gluck Fellows Zachary Leener Ashley Ferriera,and Kimberly Zarate.
"For the Love of the Stage," Riverside Fox Theater Foundation at Fox Theater
The Fox Foundation will host a craft that includes Shakespearian crowns of Romeo & Juliet. and participants can also learn to recite some of their famous lines. Families are also invited to place their family's name on the Fox Theater's "Walk of Fame."
"Tiffany Stained Glass Windows with guest Artist Samantha Hart," Mission Inn Museum
Among the many treasures at the Mission Inn are eight stained glass windows by the famed glass artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany. This month, the Mission Inn Museum invites families to learn about these amazing windows and make their own "stained glass" artworks inspired by the Tiffany windows.
"Create Your Own Valentine Craft," Riverside Art Museum
The Riverside Art Museum will welcome back face painter Miss Pamela. Visitors can tour the museum's galleries and create a Valentine craft.
"Papermaking & Music," Riverside Metropolitan Museum
Families will create Valentine's Day cards from scratch and this crafting event. Learn how to turn junk mail into beautiful paper. Use pressed flowers to create a unique gift for special someone. Visitors can also enjoy music (including love songs) from local band, Lucky Cricket.