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

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Weekend Family-Friendly Tours

These playful gallery tours create family time to explore works of art that might be old favorites or new discoveries. Look together, see something new, and have fun with an experienced docent.

Families with children ages 5–11
Free with registration

What's in the Box?

Have fun while exploring art together! This preschool program is best for kids ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Sessions include guided looking at works of art, movement and sensory experiences, and art activities that stretch the imagination.

Families with children ages 3–5
Ticketed; registration required

Family Studio

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

Families with children ages 5–11
Ticketed; registration required

Artful Story Time

Join us for lively story sessions inspired by art! Look around, listen to children’s books, and move and play with featured readers as we make connections with original works of art.

Best for ages 2 and up with adult caregivers
Free with registration

Creative Processing for Families

Reflect together on big (and sometimes tough) ideas about the world and ourselves through art. Workshops include guided group conversations about works of art with an expressive arts therapist as well as hands-on art making with a focus on exploration.

Families with children ages 5–11
Free with registration

Discover on Your Own: Park Packs

Borrow these family resources to enhance your Museum Park adventure. Park Packs are filled with activity guides (in English and Spanish) and materials to explore art and nature across our campus.

Families with children ages 4–10
Free to borrow; check out at Welcome Center

Please note: Park Packs won’t be available beginning Wednesday, June 19, as they are being updated. A new version launches Wednesday, July 10.

NCMA Camps

Children never experience the Museum’s galleries, expansive park trails, and vibrant studio spaces the way they do during camp at the NCMA.

Ticketed; registration required

Family Resources

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