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May 2019 Family Fun

What to See & Do This Month at the DAM

Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and things are changing. We have so many new and exciting activities here at the Denver Art Museum. Come and join the fun! The following activities are included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger and for members.

A new story is ready to bloom at Cuentos del Arte

Join our cuentista, or master storyteller, on May 4 for Free First Saturday where she will share the story of an artwork called a Death Cart by artist José Inéz Herrera, which will be on view in The Light Show exhibition. Known as a New Mexican Santero, an artist who creates holy images, he created a skeletal figure representing death and darkness. The sculpture was previously used in Good Friday re-enactments for the Passion of Christ in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado during the 19th century as a way to remind sinners of death's eternal presence and the risks of being unprepared for this inevitable occurrence.

Stories are bilingual and will begin at 11:30 am and 1 pm. Don’t miss it!

create-n-take in the Jordan Casteel exhibition

Create-n-Takes are budding

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

Next, join us in The Light Show where we will have an exciting new Create-n-Take opening May 11. We will be taking a closer look at one of Marie Watt’s quilt pieces called Butterfly.

Get spring fever with Foxy & Shmoxy

Summer break is just around the corner for these two. Come solve an art mystery on May 11 with Foxy & Shmoxy: Art Detectives. Performances happen at 10:30 am and 11:30 am. After this, the foxes go on hiatus until September.

Bring your little ones to Create Playdate

Join us on May 8 for an exciting artmaking activity for your little one. This month, you can make a bracelet featuring a shrink dink medallion inspired by the painting Three Young Girls in Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection. Then we will head into the gallery for story time and fun activities. Best for ages 3–5, but older and younger siblings are always welcome. Hope to see you there!

masks and theater in Serious Play Free Play Zone

Frolic in Family Spaces

Grab some binoculars and see if you can spot your favorite bird among the trees, or make your own shadow box in our current family space, A Walk in the Woods.

A Walk in the Woods will be closing on May 24, so come join us one last time. But don’t worry, something new and exciting is coming June 1.

Spring is the time for some Serious Play

Come tinker, climb, imagine, and play here at the Denver Art Museum. Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America will be opening May 5. See examples of furniture, toys, and household items designed in the 1950s and '60s, and explore your curiosity and play in two interactive zones. At interactive stations in the exhibition, you can 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 and play with animal masks and a theater, an artist-created climbing structure, and more.

Emely de Jesus is the Spanish bilingual intern for family and community programs in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum.