Mon and child with Shantell Martin interactive wall with words that say FIND WHAT MAKES YOU U INSIDE

November Family Fun

What to See & Do this Month at the DAM

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, our family visitors are one of the things we give thanks for here at the Denver Art Museum! We are so grateful parents and grandparents share their love of art and creativity with kids from littles to teens. This month, we invite you to participate in the following programs. Remember, youth 18 and under enjoy free general admission.

Discover Something New

Join us on Free First Saturday, November 2, for Cuentos del Arte—our bilingual storytelling program. Each month, you’ll learn something new about a piece of art in the museum. Stories happen at 11:30 am and 1 pm.

a photo of a person's hand holding an example of a chandelier you can make at Create Playdate
Example of a chandelier you and your little ones can make at Create Playdate on November 13.

Have Fun with Your Little Ones

Join us on November 13, 10 am–1 pm, to make your very own chandelier inspired by Fred Wilson’s eye-catching chandelier on the 4th floor. We’ll also head into the galleries for stories and gallery games. Create Playdate is best for children ages 3–5 and their grown-ups, but siblings are welcome.

Catch a Performance

Where will Foxy & Shmoxy be this month? Bring the whole family to the museum on November 10 to help our trusty fox detectives solve a mystery. Performances are at 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Grab a letter from the Fox Box in the atrium on Level 1 to find the foxes in the galleries.

Make Art in the Galleries

Try out two Create-n-Takes, available 10:30 am–4 pm on the weekends. At “Light the Way” discover the importance of animals throughout Asia and make a lamp that shines. Next, head to Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection to explore the brand new Create-n-Take “Illuminate Shapes” and design your own piece of “stained glass” using different shapes and colors.”

Paint a Masterpiece

Drop into the Paint Studio to try your hand at new painting techniques. From experimenting with watercolors and marbling with shaving cream, there’s something for everyone. The Paint Studio is open daily during museum open hours. Be sure to come by on the weekends between noon and 3 pm to catch one of our demo artists at work.

Get Inspired

Explore this new interactive installation featuring Shantell Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore identity and play. Watch the animated video projection and make words and phrases out of rotating boxes. Martin has created many surprises throughout the atrium (and even an elevator). Can you find them all? (Photo above in Shantell Martin: Words and Lines courtesy Instagram user @eve_lyn_nn.)

Immerse Yourself in Monet

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature features a family audio guide that tells a story of a wandering waterlily to shed light on Monet’s artwork. Don’t forget to take home your own waterlily inspired by the audio guide. Please purchase tickets online and in advance to get the best price and to reserve your preferred date and time. The exhibition is free for children 0–5 and $5 for youth 6–18. Learn more about tickets.

photo of an example of a waterlily kids can color when they leave the Monet exhibition
An example of the waterlily you can color after you visit the Monet exhibition.

Fun for the Whole Family

Spend your Thanksgiving Break with us! November 25–29 all of our family programs will be open daily. This includes Create-n-Takes, the Paint Studio, and First Light Family Space. Please note that the museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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