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Explore a variety of engaging programs for toddlers, teens, and everyone in between. Make cool art, see live performances, or take a family-friendly tour of the Museum. Our programs and in-gallery materials invite you to look, talk, and interpret works of art together.

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Park Scavenger Hunt

NCMA Camps

Children have never experienced the Museum’s galleries, expansive park trails, and vibrant studio spaces the way they will during Camp at the NCMA.

Weekend Family Tours

At this time we are not leading family tours. Please send questions to, as our policies will evolve.

Every Saturday and Sunday | 10:30 am

Join a Museum guide for a lively discussion and activities in the galleries. Each free tour lasts 30 minutes and is designed for kids age 5 to 11 and their adult companions. Themes change monthly. Meet at the West Building Information Desk. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited.

What's in the Box?

Preschoolers, ages 2–5, and their caregivers

30-minute sessions, monthly

Free; registration required

Have fun while exploring art together! Half-hour live virtual sessions include guided looking at works of art, movement and sensory experiences, and art activities that stretch the imagination. Each session introduces a work of art through one of six themes: animals, people, places, nature, movement, and parts of art.

Download “What’s in the Box?” activity cards (in English and Spanish) to discover works of art together.

What's in the Box? Cards: Animals

What's in the Box? Cards: Places

What's in the Box? Cards: People

What's in the Box? Cards: Parts of Art

What's in the Box? Cards: Movement

What's in the Box? Cards: Seasons/Nature

Virtual Family Studio

Families with children ages 5–11

Hourlong sessions on Sundays

Ticketed; registration required

Kids and adults dive into discussions about works from Museum’s collection and exhibitions to make inspired connections between hands-on art making and creative thinking. Learn from teaching artists to create your own art while exploring artists’ process, art materials, and art skills.

Creative Processing for Families

Families with children ages 5–11

Hourlong sessions, quarterly

Free; registration required

A new virtual series for families to reflect together on big (and sometimes tough) ideas about the world and ourselves through art. Workshops include guided group conversations about works of art from the NCMA collection, as well as hands-on art-making projects with a focus on process and exploration

Virtual Family Days

Free; all ages

Spend time together enjoying art, performances, and creative fun from the comfort of your home! Find new and festive ways to see the Museum with something for everyone. Family days are sponsored by Duke Energy and the List Family Endowment.

Dreaming in Color Storytime

Families with children ages 3–10

Free; monthly videos and virtual sessions

In partnership with Liberation Station bookstore, watch and join virtual story sessions meant to celebrate and inspire. The Dreaming in Color series brings the vastness of Black culture and innovation to you by highlighting joy, community, tradition, and leadership.

Discover on Your Own: African Art Activity Guide

A free activity booklet for self-paced exploration. Take a closer look to discover patterns, animals, and materials in the African art collection. Recommended for children ages 5 to 11. Available in English and Spanish.

Discover on Your Own: Coloring Pages

Discover on Your Own: Tour-in-a-Tote

At this time this resource is not available for borrowing. Please send questions to, as our policies will evolve.

A free lending resource to encounter works of art in a kid-friendly, hands-on way. Best for ages 5 to 11. Available in English and Spanish.

Discover on Your Own: Park Packs

At this time this resource is not available for borrowing. Please send questions to, as our policies will evolve.


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