a family sitting on the floor making hand portraits in the Jordan Casteel exhibition

June 2019 Family Fun

What to See & Do This Month at the DAM

All of the following exhibitions and activities are included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. Visitors with a SNAP card receive discounted general admission.

Hear a Story at Cuentos del Arte

Join our cuentista, or master storyteller, on June 1 for Free First Saturday where she will share the story of the Death Cart. Stories are bilingual and will begin at 11:30 am and 1 pm.

Make Create-n-Take Art Projects to Take Home

Take a moment to slow down and notice the colorful details in Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze. At the Hand in Hand Create-n-Take, use colors and patterns inspired by Casteel’s work to create your own hand portrait that represents you, a loved one, or maybe even someone you do not know.

Artist Marie Watt’s colorful artwork, Butterfly symbolizes two women’s happiness while dancing. Challenge yourself to make a piece of art that describes how you feel with only colors and shapes at the Shape of Feelings Create-n-Take.

Play on the Plaza

On weekdays 11 am-2 pm, head to the green cart on Martin Plaza to pick up a booklet of cards with fun ways to experience our outdoor sculpture and discover the amazing architecture of the Hamilton Building and the North Building. A staff member will be on hand to share insights, answer questions, and help you see things differently.

Make a Self Portrait at Create Playdate

This month at Create Playdate we’ll make self portraits inspired by Jordan Casteel’s colorful paintings in Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze. Then we’ll head into the gallery for story time and fun activities! Best for ages 3-5, but older and younger siblings are always welcome. Drop in 10 am-2 pm. Hope to see you there!

Enjoy the First Light Family Space (opening June 8)

Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hand-on activities inspired by The Light Show. Capture nature’s shadows, experiment with transparency and color on overhead projectors, mix patterns to cast bold shadows, and design a wearable mirror.

a child on the red play structure in the Serious Play free play zone
Photo courtesy of Instagram user @tillytrish.

Engage in some Serious Play

Come tinker, climb, imagine and play in Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. Experiment with spinning tops, arrange vinyl Colorforms, and build with a House of Cards. Stop in the Free Play Zone at the end of the exhibition with animal masks and a theater, an artist-created climbing structure, and an area for constructing with the Tyng toy, a life-size building system.

Lindsay Genshaft is manager of family and community programs at the Denver Art Museum.