Kids & Families

General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before.

Free for Kids at the Denver Art Museum is made possible by Scott Reiman and Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

All Day Every Day

Families are welcome at the Denver Art Museum! We have something to offer all ages every day, and activities are free with general admission.

Just For Fun Center & Kids Corner

Color, build, and imagine in the Just for Fun Center (North Building, level 2, Duncan Pavilion) and Kids Corner (North Building, level 1).

Gallery Games & Artmaking

Explore the Fun Things for Families to do brochure (PDF) in English or Spanish to find activities on every floor.

Family Backpacks

Trek through the galleries with a Family Backpack full with artmaking, games, and puzzles. Available daily through August 21 and on weekends only starting August 22. Pick up a backpack in the Hamilton Building, level 1.

Weekdays

Create-n-Takes

Create-n-Takes are facilitated in-gallery activities that inspire visitors to discuss, roll up their sleeves, and get creative. Open on weekdays, 10:30 am - 3 pm through August 21. Available on weekends starting August 22. Look for the Create-n-Take sign or ask for locations at the welcome center. Discover new Create-n-Takes every season.

Monthly Programs

CelebrARTE on Free First Saturday

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

Create Playdate

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 view our calendar. Create Playdate is sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado.

Foxy & Shmoxy: Art Detectives

On the second Sunday of each month beginning in September, bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. Visit our calendar for details on when to catch these fox super-sleuths in action.

Special Programs

Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration

Visitors can watch colorful dance competitions, participate with artists in hands-on activities, and enjoy their first (or 101st!) piece of fry bread. Everyone is welcome to attend this event on Saturday, September 12. Learn more about Friendship Powwow 2015.

Summer Classes

For kids ages 4-11 to explore the galleries and engage in hands-on learning and artmaking. Stay tuned for Summer 2016 classes.

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.

Let’s Make Something! is available at The Shop in the North Building and our online shop. Check denverartmuseum.org/15artprojects, which features one of the related projects.

Family FAQs

Visit the FAQ page to learn answers to common questions that families have about how to make the most fun out of a visit. Call 720-913-0130 with questions.

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, Connie Burwell White & William W. White Foundation, Harry L. Willett Foundation, Lorraine and Harley Higbie, The Eugene C. Armstrong Family Foundation, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).