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Family Programs

Remember! Museum admission for children 12 and under is always FREE.

From art making, to story time and beyond, we invite you to join us this summer for an array of family programs aimed to engage and inspire.

Museum admission is required for adults and children ages 12 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult to participate.

Summer Family Programs

Wednesday, June 11 2014 - Friday, August 8, 2014.

Wednesdays and Fridays | 10am - 12:30pm
Dell Classroom, Smith Building
All Ages

Visitors of all ages are invited to drop in to this open studio to experiment with enticing materials and explore your their own creativity process.

Storytime Tours
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays | 10:30am
Rapoport Atrium, Michener Building
Recommended for kids age 3-7 and their adult companions

These 30-minute thematic tours encourage young art lovers to look carefully and make connections between art, story, and life.

Space is limited. Tickets available at the Visitor Service Desk.

Deeper Dives
Begins Wednesday, June 25 through August 8

Wednesdays and Fridays | 1 - 2:30pm
Rapoport Atrium, Michener Building
Recommended for families with kids age 8-13

Explore the exhibition In the Company of Cats and Dogs, which explores the relationships between people, cats, and dogs. Deeper Dives are 90-minute experiences combine close looking, conversation, and the making of related art projecs.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Tickets available at the Visitor Services Desk. 

*Note: The Blanton will be closed on Friday, July 4.

Support for the Blanton is provided in part by individuals, corporations, foundations, and Blanton members. Additional support is provided by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Education programs are supported by The Brown Foundation Inc., Education Endowment.


Tips for Parents
Here are some helpful tips for talking to children about art at the museum.


Children enjoy art activities during the museum's Family Days

Take your time and limit what you see to one part of the collection or exhibition. Don't feel like you have to see the entire museum in one visit.

Remind your child not to touch the art. There are a few exceptions to this, so just ask one of our gallery assistants to be sure.

Let the child choose art he or she finds interesting, then, look at and talk about the work together. Here are some ideas for discussion:

Don't hesitate to go back to the same works. As with a favorite book or song, a child can see an artwork over and over again and discover something new about it each time.

Buy something like a postcard or art magnet at the end of your visit as a souvenir of your child's experience. This can enhance his or her memory of the works of art and can improve your child's comfort with looking at art.

And remember, it's okay not to know about a work of art. Just have fun and discover what you see together.