Inspired by the recent “Imagination Celebration” arts festival held nationwide, the Laguna Art Museum’s Junior Council is sponsoring a one-day “Children’s Imagination Festival,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

” The festival will include arts-and-crafts workshops in mask- and jewelry-making, watercolor painting, wood sculpture, photography and such activities as face-painting and puzzle-designing.

The event will be held at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Admission is free, but the one to three tickets required at craft booths will cost 50 cents each.

Barbara Gage and Pamela Keefe, the event’s organizers, said they expect 200 to 300 children, from preschool age to the junior high school level, to participate.

The entertainment portion of the festival will begin at 2 p.m. with a tap dance performance by 20 girls, ages 5 to 15, from Brenda’s Dance Studio of Laguna Beach. They will present a 30-minute program including “My Crazy Rhythm” and “Fabulous Feet.”


Although this is the first year of the festival, organizers hope to make it an annual event. “If the festival works out well and gets lots of community support, we would like to do it every spring,” Gage said.

“We don’t expect to make any money on the project, but we have spared no expense in getting the highest-quality artists’ supplies,” Keefe said. She estimated that the council spent more than $100 on each of the 17 booths.