Kids Activities in Downtown


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  • State Street Ballet
    State Street Ballet's lithe dancers gracefully pirouette to classical masterpieces during performances modernized with special effects and digital technology. The season's first show, Starry Night, celebrates Vincent van Gogh's art in a multimedia performance that juxtaposes art, music, theater, dance, and text from the post-Impressionist's recovered Twitter feeds. Choreographed by celebrated dancesmith William Soleau, the ballet aims to mimic the flow of oil paint across a canvas through dancers’ movement as videos project a backdrop of collaged paintings and letters. The surfaces of the recently renovated Granada Theatre are also draped with art, from Moorish-inspired geometric patterns on the golden walls to decorative niches imbued with Old World grandeur.
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    1214 State St.
    Santa Barbara, CA US
  • Fiesta 5 Theatre
    Family owned and operated since 1923, Metropolitan Theatres unspools blockbuster and art-house independent films at 19 locations in the U.S. and Canada using superior film presentation and digital sound systems. Theatre concession stands dole Coca-Cola products and detonate kernels of popcorn to fill bellies and share with encroaching Godzillas. Snacks in hand, customers sink into seats inside conventional or stadium-style theatres to laugh, gasp, and grimace at star-studded titles, such as The Grey, War Horse, or Hugo. Independent films such as The Artist and The Descendants appease creative tastes.
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    916 State St
    Santa Barbara, CA US
  • Westside Dance
    The instructors at Westside Dance will make you sweat. They also might make you play dress-up. That's because the studio welcomes students of all ages to its classes, from two-year-olds to adults. The youngest groups develop motor skills during Creative Dance sessions, which welcome parents to join in on the fun. Otherwise, the curriculum consists of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and singing lessons for multiple skill levels. Adults can also attend the Dancer Workout class for a mix of ballet, Pilates, and cardio exercises. In addition to benefits like improved coordination and the ability to stomp on bugs in 4/4 time, taking classes at the studio affords a number of perks. The staff members schedule ballet performances a couple times throughout the year, and even plan an annual photo day when a professional photographer takes complimentary snapshots of the students.
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    2009 De La Vina St
    Santa Barbara, CA US
  • Santa Barbara Historical Museum
    At the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, visitors of all ages delight in newfound knowledge about the community around them, soaking up information from a wealth of permanent collections, artifacts, and art. Guests marvel at beautiful Chumash baskets and stonework, paintings and armor from Spanish settlements, and relics of life in Santa Barbara during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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    136 E De La Guerra St.
    Santa Barbara, CA US
  • The National Basketball Academy
    The National Basketball Academy's instructors host clinics, training sessions, and tournaments for various age groups. Their coaching helps participants improve all aspects of their performance on the court, from shooting to defense, and their youth programs nurture sports skills in children as young as kindergarten. They also set up teams and leagues that allow players to compete in a supportive, friendly environment.
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    632 East Canon Perdido Street
    Santa Barbara, CA US
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
    The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History seeks to educate its visitors about the world around them through in-depth exhibits on nature, wildlife, and native cultures. A 72-foot blue-whale skeleton stares down and Chumash Indian relics wait for their secrets to be uncovered. Traverse these halls to see everything from outer space, fossils to bears and a nature trail.
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    2559 Puesta Del Sol
    Santa Barbara, CA US
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