Public Programs For Kids, Teens and Families


Fri Yay Art Day!

at The Manes Center
Fridays, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Free for Members
$5 per child for Non-Members
Ages 3 - 5
Reservations not needed

Young children and their adult companions investigate color, shape, form and more with hands-on activities. They will have the opportunity to experiment and become familiar with art materials and processes as they discover new skills while nurturing creative expression.


Studio Saturdays

at The Manes Center
Saturdays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free with admission
Reservations not needed
For all ages

Drop in The Manes Center to create projects and work inspired by the art on view in the current exhibition. Spend up to an hour exploring a range of materials, techniques, and themes.


Family Sundays

Family Tour, 1 pm at the Museum
Artmaking, 1:30 - 4:00 pm at The Manes Center
Free with admission
Reservations not needed

Converse, collaborate and create together. Be inspired by the works in the exhibition explore new art materials. Family Sunday allows children and the adults in their lives to take time to reconnect while talking about and making art together.

Creative Expeditions:
For Children with Autism

Ages 5 - 12 and their families
April 14, 28, May 12, 26, June 9, 16
10:00 - 11:15 am

This innovative program gives families a chance to witness their child experience success in a welcoming and creative learning environment. Parents and caregivers will gain skills in behavioral methods which they can employ when bringing their child into a community setting. Families will engage in fun interactive gallery experiences that provide opportunities for everyone to look at and talk about art in a group setting followed by hands on art making activities that encourage experimentation with new materials, processes and creative play. Partial funding for our program for autism comes from the North Shore Autism Circle.

Email to inquire about the program.

Art Compass: For Teens and Young Adults with Autism

Ages 13 - 21
April 10, 24, May 8, 22, June 5, 12
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Teens receive hands-on training in basic artistic processes that can be translated into practical job skills. Based on current exhibitions in the galleries at the Museum, these workshops will encourage participants to explore different methods of art making and design and how a museum can be a resource for creative inspiration. Students with autism will have the opportunity to apply their artistic skills and functional academic learning in a real world setting, while preparing to transition to after school life. Partial funding for our program for autism comes from the North Shore Autism Circle.

Email to inquire about the program.

Sunday, April 29

Spring Fling: Super Family Sunday

Spring Fling at the Museum
Artmaking, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at The Manes Center
Fadeyev Ballet Performances 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm at the Museum
Museum admission plus $15.00 family materials fee

Join us for our Super Family Sunday inspired by the Age of Jazz! Bring a packed picnic to enjoy on the grounds of the Museum (weather permitting) before attending a performance by the dance students of Fadeyev Ballet of Greenvale. Create dapper, fashionable hats or headbands and experiment with geometric printmaking inspired by Art Deco architecture during our family artmaking. A day of dance, music and artmaking – it’s sure to be the bee’s knees!

Maps to Download

Sculpture Map
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Trail Map
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Kids' Sculpture Adventure
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Architecture Scavenger Hunt
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Tips for Families

Our focus for tours is interactivity—helping visitors find personal and meaningful connections with works of art. Please discuss the following guidelines with your group before your visit, to ensure a positive experience.

Before You Visit

When you arrive at the Museum you have two choices of where to park to start your museum adventure.

Option 1: Park in the first lot on your left as you drive up, this is our Manes Center (it has a bright mural spray painted on it).

Option 2: Continue up the road and park in the large parking lot on your left, then follow the brick path up to the Saltzman building (it’s the large brick mansion).

Check out our programs for families so see if something special is available the day you visit.

On Saturdays, you can visit The Manes Center for Studio Saturdays between 11:00 and 3:00.

On Sundays, there is a family friendly tour of the artwork at 1:00 pm in the Saltzman building followed by Family Sunday artmaking in the Manes Center between 1:30 and 4:00. 

When Your Arrive

Any day you visit the Museum, you can ask for a Family Guide at our front desk to help you explore our artwork.

A vending café with snacks is located on the first floor. This is the spot where you can have snacks and drinks, no food or drink is allowed in the galleries.

Bathrooms in the Saltzman building are on the first and second floors.

You can bring a pencil and sketchbook if you want to draw in the galleries, but please no other art materials are allowed. This helps to keep our artwork safe!

If you want to explore outside, try to find our sculptures – we have over 30, or take a trail map and explore our forest. 


Nassau County Museum of Art
One Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
Click here for directions

Contact Us

(516) 484-9338

Education & Programs, ext. 12
Facility Rental, ext. 45
Giving & Support, ext. 25
Manes Center, ext. 48
Membership, ext. 23