Man, woman, two children working on art project together

May 2018 Family Fun at the DAM

What to See & Do This Month at the DAM

Take a new approach to your museum visit in the month of May with some surprising activities for the whole family.

Catch an unexpected musical performance!

Stop by Create Playdate on Wednesday, May 9, to catch a mini-opera with perennial favorites Central City Opera. Create an animal disguise, and participate in one of their kid-friendly performances at 10:45 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm. Music and making happen in A Walk in the Woods on Level 3.

Two singers from the Central City Opera performing at the DAM while a young child watches
Central City Opera at a previous performance at Create Playdate at the DAM.

Dive into a new hands-on project.

Check out a new Create-n-Take—“Carry Me Close”—beginning on May 19. Learn about the extraordinary work and creative process of artist Jeffrey Gibson in the upcoming exhibition Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer and create a project inspired by his art.

May is also your last chance to try out the “Sew Wild” Create-n-Take and stitch your own animal scene. Stop by Level 4 before May 13 to discover Carol Eckert’s incredibly detailed artwork Beware of Cranes, the inspiration for “Sew Wild.”

Put a new twist on your visit to Stampede.

Pick up a sketchbook and pencil in Stampede: Animals in Art and draw your favorite creatures. Then, head to the 3-D Studio to bring your animal to life as you wind, coil, and bend wire.

Ganesha book cover
An illustrated story to read aloud in the exhibition.

Shake up your visit and spend time getting to know one work of art.

It’s easy to breeze quickly through the galleries. Instead, try and spend time focusing on one work of art.

One option is to read the illustrated book in the Ganesha: The Playful Protector exhibition. Learn about Ganesha and spot the details in the story that are also hidden in the artwork. Or, head to the “Saddle Up” drawing horses on Level 4 and take your time sketching the details of Deborah Butterfield’s unmissable horses. You know what else is remarkable? The horses look as though they are made of wood, but they are really bronze!

Mother and child at the Fox Box
The Fox Box is where you get riddles with hints about where to see the foxes.

Hear a surprising story about an artwork.

Join us for Free First Saturday on May 5, and listen to our master storyteller at Art Stories (Cuentos del Arte). Let your imagination run wild as you hear a new tale. Story times are 11:30 am and 1 pm.

Laugh out loud in the galleries.

Don’t be alarmed if you catch yourself laughing at the fast-paced program Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives on Sunday, May 13. We welcome laughter in the galleries! Pick up a letter from the Fox Box, find the fox detectives in the galleries at 10:30 or 11:30 am, and get ready for art exploration and a bit of humor. This is the last chance to see the foxes until fall. Foxy and Shmoxy go on vacation June, July, and August.

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.

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