Family and Community Programs
Our Family Programs are designed for families with children ages 3-12. We hope to see you and your family at the Museum soon!
Visiting a museum with your family can be a meaningful experience. See below for ways you can maximize your visit for everyone in the family!
Children can learn a tremendous amount by looking closely at works of art: they can sharpen their observational skills, tap into their imaginations, and develop an arts vocabulary that allows them to respond to what they are seeing. To help encourage closer looking within the galleries, we suggest you:
- - Ask open-ended questions such as: “What do you see in this work?” followed by “What do you see that makes you say that?”;
- - Play “I Spy” with things like texture, shapes, and objects depicted within the works; and
- - Bring a pencil (not pen) and paper to the gallery to sketch a work or to write a story about a work of art that interests you.
Look and Learn with Hoot
Held the third Friday of the month (some exceptions during November/December), this educational opportunity for children up to five and their parents emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and story time. (Hoot, a friendly owl, is the Museum’s education mascot.) Please dress for mess! 45-minute program. Cost: Free to the public. Check our events page for up to date information.
For special exhibitions, we offer a guide for families to help navigate the galleries. These guides are free and available at the front desk of the Museum, and include information about the exhibition, artists, and interactive activities you can do with your child.
Located right in the midst of our galleries, our Family Corners offer a way that you and your kids can sit, play with objects, read picture books, and think about what you have seen. Family Corners are designed specifically with kids in mind so be sure to stop by during your visit.
Throughout the year, the Museum hosts special Saturday events just for families. These often include storytelling, art-making, in-gallery activities, and much more. Stay tuned for upcoming dates.