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Family Programs


Discover what’s on for families today, tomorrow, and throughout the year. Explore drop-in opportunities and workshops that require registration below.
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Find out when the next special event is happening and save the date in your family’s calendar.


Artist’s Studio

Daily, 10:30–5:00

A mother and daughter make art in the Ryan Learning Center

Drop in to the Artist’s Studio in the Ryan Learning Center, where admission is always free. Create an art project that you can take home or leave behind for others to admire. Activities are thematically linked to artwork in the museum galleries. Artist’s Studio programs take place every day and are designed for visitors of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Activities change monthly, so come back as often as you like.

Family Festivals and Events

Select dates, 10:30–3:00

A crowd gathers to watch a Chinese New Year performance featuring a dragon puppet

Family festivals and events activate the Ryan Learning Center and the museum with an exciting array of creative activities. Museum admission tickets are required for festival activities that take place in the museum galleries. Some festivals offer free or reduced museum admission.


Picture This

30 minutes, first Thursday of each month
No registration required

A staff member reads a book to children in the gallery

Designed especially for our youngest visitors and their caregivers, Picture This offers a chance for all to enjoy picture books that relate to works of art in the galleries. Meet in Griffin Court at 11:00. Free with museum admission.


Artful Play

60 minutes, select Saturdays
Advance registration required

A family plays with a handmade puppet

Artful Play workshops offer a guided and joyful experience in the museum for preschool-age children and their caregivers. Led by experienced museum educators and developed with early learners in mind, thematic workshops change regularly and include storytelling, guided gallery visits, dramatic play, and creative exploration of art materials.

“My family and I attended the [Artful Play] program on Saturday afternoon. As a group hands-on activity, it was skillfully managed and the kids were engaged beautifully. My wife and I had a great time making art alongside our child.”

—Artful Play participant


Family Workshops

90 minutes, select Saturdays
Advance registration required

A young boy and his grandmother make art together in the Modern Wing

Family Workshops provide school-age children and their families with focused, age-appropriate experiences in the galleries and the studio. Workshop themes change regularly, and studio projects span a range of activities. Special exhibitions, including exhibitions on illustration, architecture, and photography, are often highlighted.

Workshop Registration and Admission Information

Families should register and secure their admission tickets before the start of the program. Children under 14 are always free, but must also have an admission ticket. If you are a museum member, please bring your member card for admission to the galleries.

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