Once upon a time in a preschool classroom in Los Angeles, 24 young children held paintbrushes dipped in white paint and listened to the music from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. One moment, their brushes drifted serenely across giant pieces of construction paper. The next, their hands swirled and dashed as the Nutcracker battled the villainous Mouse King. The activity was both mellow and exciting, engaging and centering. The children loved it.

I tell you this story because this is an activity almost anyone could do, at almost any time, in almost any place. But we don't. We're too busy or we forget to or we default to looking at our phones in our downtime.

For this reason, I wanted to mention a special event happening this Sunday at Oceanside Museum of Art. On Sunday, June 7 from 1:00 until 4:00pm, families are invited to join musician Scott Paulson for an electronic jam and doodling session. And it's free.

Now Parents, I know your weekend schedule is jam-packed with birthday parties and laundry and soccer practice. When I talk about an event coming up at a museum and suggest you go, you think I'm crazy. Like, certifiable. The thing is, I wouldn't talk about it if I didn't think it was worthwhile. It's a free, structured way to spend some really quality time together.

So just give it some thought, okay?

For more information on Free Family Art Day and other upcoming events at OMA, head here.