Kids and Families enjoying La Musidora, the fountains on the plaza, the 3-D Studio, and Stampede

5 Tips for Summer Family Fun at the Denver Art Museum

Summer at the Denver Art Museum is in full swing with activities to kick start kids’ creativity. Escape the heat, and try out the following five activities.

Free First Saturdays are July 7 and August 4. Youth 18 and younger enjoy free general admission to the DAM every day!

1. Have fun on the plaza.

Join us for exciting happenings on the plaza! Try out La Musidora, our interactive outdoor art installation. Make musical sounds by gently rocking colorfully woven chairs in tandem. There’s also a special summer Create-n-Take to try on the plaza. Head to the bright green trailer to try out “Photo Finish,” Monday–Friday, 11 am–2 pm. Experiment with surprising techniques and unexpected materials to make your own customized photographs.

2. Try out new Create-n-Takes during our special summer hours.

Get inspired and create art in the galleries at three Create-n-Takes over the summer. From June 4–August 17, Create-n-Takes are available Monday–Friday, 10:30 am–3 pm.

At the recently opened “Carry Me Close” Create-n-Take, learn about the extraordinary work and creative process of artist Jeffrey Gibson, and create a project inspired by his art. Artmaking happens in the Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer exhibition on Level 1.

Make your own Create-n-Take artwork inspired by Jeffrey Gibson.

We continue the fun in Stampede: Animals in Art with the “Mapping Myths and Monsters” Create-n-Take. Discover a map filled with mythical monsters and create crazy creatures of your own on Level 3!

3. Explore New Territory through a new lens. Opens June 24

Use a special decoder camera to explore the upcoming exhibition New Territory: Landscape Photography Today. Pick up a camera with a red lens and hunt for labels with hidden messages. Read the question, take a guess, and look through the special lens to see the answer! Learn surprising details about the photographs—and the photographers—as you go.

Special decoder camera you can use in New Territory: Landscape Photography Today when it opens June 24. Photo by Natalie Thomas.

4. Enjoy extended hours at Create Playdate.

Beginning in June, Create Playdate artmaking and activities are offered from 10 am–2 pm, an extra hour of creative fun! Create Playdate is best for little ones, ages 3–5, and their adults, but we welcome older siblings over the summer. Join us as we explore new galleries and make a new project each month.

5. Drop by the 3-D Studio.

No museum visit is complete without stopping by the 3-D Studio to explore various ways to create 3-D art. Use your design thinking skills to build an abstract sculpture at our Purely Paper activity, or draw inspiration from around the museum to create figures and creatures at Wound in Wire. The possibilities are endless!

Photos courtesy of Instagram users (from left to right): @lindseybahe, @jenc_p, @uniquemissdy, and @venture_33.

Natalie Ruhe Thomas is coordinator of family and community programs in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum. Natalie has been at the DAM since 2012 and her favorite exhibition that has been on view here is Becoming Van Gogh.