Kids & Families
Families are welcome at the Denver Art Museum! We have something to offer all ages every day, and activities are free with general admission. Explore the Family FAQs, the Fun Things for Families to do brochure (PDF) in English or Spanish, and the links below to plan your visit. Call 720-913-0130 with questions.
When you arrive, don't forget to look for Seymour. He will show you the way to family friendly places and fun activities throughout the museum.
Get Your Hands on the DAM’s First-Ever Kids Project Book!
Art projects for you and your kids are everywhere in the museum—in the galleries, in backpacks, at programs like Create Playdate, and at our kids summer classes. Now you can engage in some of that creativity at home. We’ve put 15 original projects designed by DAM educators into a book with step-by-step instructions, plus photos of the completed projects and the artworks that inspired them. Make a drum, a mini chandelier, a magnetic horse, or a finger puppet while gaining insight into the artist’s process.
All Day Every Day
Color, build, and imagine in the Just for Fun Center. Try on costumes, play with our DAM dollhouse, and make a transformation hat to become an eagle. Snacks allowed here! In the Duncan Pavilion on level two of the North Building
Color, try on, and climb in Kids Corner on level one of the North Building.
Pick up a "Fun things for families to do today" brochure to find activities on every floor. Keep your eyes peeled for Seymour!
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This summer, Jason Rogenes transforms the Precourt Discovery Hall into an immersive sculptural environment where families can play with custom cast “asteroids” to create otherworldly soundscapes.
Open daily through March 15, 2015.
This space invites everyone in the family to try different artistic processes. Watch artists create, and learn more about specific artmaking materials and approaches. The theme of this space changes twice a year. Now through March 15, 2015 families can experiment with assorted jewelry-making techniques in the Jewelry Studio. Stop in and get creative on Level 1 in the Hamilton Building.
Tromp through the galleries with a Family Backpack full with artmaking, games, and puzzles. Short on time? Grab an art tube instead. Available on weekends and every day during school breaks. Check out the digital signage on sight to find the Family Activity Cart.
Create-n-Takes are facilitated in-gallery activities that inspire visitors to discuss, roll up their sleeves, and get creative. Open on weekends and over school breaks during the school year and on weekdays during summer. Look for the Create-n-Take sign or ask for locations at the welcome center. Discover new Create-n-Takes every season.
Celebrate your creativity and cultura every first Saturday of the month with bilingual activities for toda la familia. General admission is free.
- ¡Nuevo! Drop in and listen to the stories behind the objects with master cuentistas during Cuentos del Arte. Listen to cuentistas tell the tales of artworks through music, movement and art during our new storytelling program. Stories para todos—for everyone—happen at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.
- Check out a Family Backpack and play in Spanish or English
- Make art in-gallery, inspired by the collection and led by bilingual facilitators at the Create-n-Takes
- Try your hand at new techniques in the Studio and catch demos from local Latino artists
- Catch a 2 pm tour of collection highlights en español
Drop in on the second Wednesday of the month, 10 am–1 pm, with your little ones, ages 3-5. Download our Create Playdate rack card (PDF) for more details or find the next one in the Related Exhibitions & Events section on the upper right side of this page.
On the second Sunday of each month, meet us in the Hamilton Building atrium. Join Foxy and Shmoxy—two smart, witty, and hilarious foxes inspired by the Fox Games artwork for a performance that both kids and their grown-ups will enjoy. There are two chances to see Foxy and Shmoxy: 10:30 am and 11:30 am. To find the foxes, visit the Family Activity Cart, pick up a letter from the Fox Box, and then follow the clues.
Featured artists in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program work on-site in an in-gallery studio in the level three American Indian art galleries that is visible and accessible for visitors. Through demonstrations, workshops and conversations with the artists, guests may choose to experience or participate in the creative process. Find details about and schedules for Native Arts Artist-in-Residence on the calendar.
Come down on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after turkey day to check out a backpack or art tube. The Family Activity Cart is open 10 am–4 pm. You can also play your favorite gallery games or hang out in the Just for Fun Family Center.
Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! Each year we have two weeks where we have artist demonstrations, artmaking stations, and other surprises throughout the break. The Studio, Family Activity Cart, and Just for Fun Centers are open every day, all day. Kids 18 and younger receive free general admission.
Spring Break: Painting Dreams March 21-April 5, 2015
Spring Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! Create-n-Takes and the Family Activity Cart will be open every day. Look out for special performances with Buntport Theater and bilingual storytelling in the galleries too! Kids 18 and under receive free general admission.
Hang out with us during the summer! Our Family Activity Cart and Create-n-Takes are open on weekdays.
For kids ages 4-11 to explore the galleries and engage in hands-on learning and artmaking. Check out this list of summer classes (PDF) for 2015. Here is where members can register beginning February 9 and nonmembers can register beginning February 16. Scholarships are available.
Student Art Shows
A few times a year we host student and community art showcases. Bring the family and see what local students are creating.
Visit the FAQ page to learn answers to common questions that families have about how to make the most fun out of a visit.
Family and kids programs are supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, and Jim Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund. Funding is also provided by TeleTech, Harry L. Willett Foundation, Lorraine and Harley Higbie, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).