Family programs provide children and their adult companions the opportunity to connect while viewing and making art together. Each week we offer projects that encourage curiosity, experimentation and creative thinking through a variety of experiences and materials inspired by current artworks on view in the gallery space.
1:00 pm tour at the Museum
Stop by the Manes Education Center anytime between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm
Free with admission
Converse, collaborate and create together during our Family Sundays! Each week explore new art materials, vocabulary and ideas in our studio with our museum educator. Family Sundays provide children and the adults in their lives the opportunity to take time from their busy schedules to reconnect while talking about and making art together. New projects are featured every week. All Family Sundays will draw inspiration from the current exhibition.
*In lieu of Family Sundays on October 28,the Museum is offering a special Super Family Sunday, information below.
Saturday, September 22
Free admission for two with a paper/phone ticket from Smithsonian Museum Day 2018
Thursday, October 11
(Rain Date: October 18)
Free with admission
Join us for a festive opening, with refreshments, and guided tour with the director of the exciting new additions to the renowned Museum sculpture garden, including major new works by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Marko Remec, Arthur Carter, Nathan Slate Joseph and Hans Van de Bovenkamp.
Sunday, October 28
Stop by the Manes Education Center anytime between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Museum admission, plus $15.00 materials fee per family
Join us for our annual family friendly Halloween celebration, when the Museum’s forest is transformed into a magical place. Design a fall-inspired reusable cotton tote bag, use art-making and natural materials to build a forest sculpture, create with our friends from Free Style Arts in our outdoor classroom, listen to stories and visit our animal friends from Volunteers for Wildlife.
Upcoming Super Family Sundays
January 20, 2019
Art and Animals at a Gold Coast Mansion
May 5, 2019
Art on the Move with RADD Crossfit & Free Style Arts Association
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.
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.
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.