Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents 3rd Annual Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is excited to announce its 3rd Annual taking place Saturday, March 16 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. This free festival makes for a perfect family outing that is both entertaining and educational for all ages. From LEGO® car racing to magnetic robots and live animal encounters, families will not want to miss this opportunity to embark on a journey of discovery through intriguing exhibition booths, interactive experiments, and performances that explore the intersection of science and art.

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The festival will feature engaging exhibits, workshops and hands-on activities presented by more than 20 participating community organizations including the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, Bionerds Inc, Brain Builders STEM Education, Bytes and Bots, Challenge Island Irvine, Child Creativity Lab, Columbia Memorial Space Center, Discovery Cube, Environmental Nature Center, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Girls IN Focus, Irvine Public Schools Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Mesa Water, Orange County 4-H, Orange County Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF), Play-Well TEKnologies, Santa Ana Zoo, Science Heads Inc. and Shared Science.

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The festival will also include performances from Polyglot Theatre’s BEES and The Side Street Strutters, as well additional free activities including mini train rides, balloon twisters, airbrush tattoos and a bubble play area provided by BubblePOP.

Food will be available for purchase at George’s Café on-site, Buen Appetit Food Truck with global comfort cuisine ( and Cali Delights Food Truck with churros and other dessert options (

According to Talena Mara, vice president of education at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, “Providing space for students and families to be curious and creative together is a priority at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. We have been a local resource for high-quality direct services arts in education programs to schools and community organizations for decades. Understanding the important role the arts play in learning across all subject areas, the Center offers programming that emphasizes development in a student’s career pathway, advanced communication skills and emotional maturity in students, including programs that focus on the intersection where Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) meet the arts (STEAM). We are so pleased to be offering a fun family day on Segerstrom Center’s beautiful Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival, where everyone will have a chance to be a curious, creative explorer for the day.”

Polyglot Theatre’s BEES will be performing at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Their artistic and philosophical approach of child-centered practice has earned their strong reputation at home and abroad as a leader in the theater for young audiences (TYA) sector, celebrated for creating distinctive, participatory, and inclusive works that are playful and conceptually rigorous. Access is central to Polyglot’s work, driven by the right of all children to experience growth and resilience through creative play and to be captivated by the arts.

The Side Street Strutters will be performing at 12:35 p.m., 2:35 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. They have been delighting Disneyland audiences, theatergoers and students with their high-energy shows and student outreach programs since 1983. Their repertoire covers a half century of classic American jazz including blues, New Orleans Dixieland, swing, and Popular jazz.

For more information on the Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival, go here.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit


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