Two photos: one of children peering through the windows in Past the Tangled Present installation and one of young child drawing in Stampede

August 2018 Family Fun at the DAM

What to See & Do this Month

Summer is almost over, but there are still plenty of fun things to do at the Denver Art Museum! What can you check off your summer bucket list before the kids head back to school?

1. Make some music on the plaza

Rock out at La Musidora, our interactive installation of colorfully woven rocking chairs. Take a seat, gently rock back and forth, and listen to the music. Before you head inside, be sure to check out our special outdoor Create-n-Take, “Photo Finish,” open Monday–Friday, 11 am–2 pm. Experiment with fun techniques to create an altered photograph, like the ones on view in New Territory: Landscape Photography Today.

2. Reveal a hidden message and learn something new

Use a special decoder camera to explore New Territory! 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 lens to see the answer. Learn surprising details about the photographs—and the photographers—as you go. How many hidden messages can you find?

3. Hear a storyteller bring art to life

On Free First Saturday, August 4, listen to our Cuentista del Arte weave a colorful tale about a piece of art in our collection. Stories are bilingual and are told at 11:30 am and 1 pm.

Make a horse like this at the "Hold Your Horses" Create-n-Take.

4. Create a keepsake (or two)

Check out Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer before it closes on August 12 and create a piece of art inspired by Jeffrey Gibson’s colorful artworks at the “Carry Me Close” Create-n-Take. Next, head up to level 4 and discover all the different ways a horse can move at “Hold Your Horses.” Bring home your own horse that you can pose to look like the art in the galleries! Create-n-Takes are open from 10:30 am–3 pm on weekdays until August 17. After that, they’ll be open on weekends only from 10:30 am–4 pm.

5. Get hands on with your little one

Join us at Create Playdate on August 8 10 am–2 pm, as we explore New Territory and make a project based on the exhibition. Create Playdate is best for little ones, ages 3–5, and their adults, but we gladly welcome older siblings too.

Laura Levy is coordinator of family and community programs in the department of learning and engagement.