Art Venues in Delaware
Biggs Museum of American Art
Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover
Little kids: Free monthly Biggs Kids workshops let ages 3-10 channel their inner artist.
Older kids: Art classes for teens and adults draw inspiration from current exhibits: Next up, expect to create works reminiscent of American West landscapes, as shown in a display of Ansel Adams’ early photography, slated to debut in May.
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
Little kids: This place is a haven for art-inclined families. Visit the interactive Kids’ Corner; drop in during Sunday Studio workshops that feature new media every month; and bring your tot to Glory of Stories, a weekly storytime followed by a mini tour and art project.
Older kids: The outdoor sculpture garden is a family favorite. Tom Otterness’ Crying Giant, a 13-foot-tall bronze sculpture, compels many to dream up stories about the behemoth. Then, head to the labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. As kids follow the single path deeper into the game-like maze, they’ll hear their voices echo.
The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington
Little kids: Free Family Sundays teach kid-friendly art concepts during guided tours, gallery scavenger hunts and classroom activities.
Older kids: The Urban Sketch Club is ideal for kids who love to recreate their surroundings in art. Open to all skill levels, the group draws at locations along Wilmington’s riverfront. Back at the center, they discuss and critique one another’s works.
Down the Road in Baltimore, MD
Little kids: With so many outlandish sights, there’s always something new to uncover here. Standouts include Wayne Kusy’s Lusitania, a gigantic model ship made of 193,000 toothpicks; an annual kinetic sculpture race; and the Cabaret Mechanical Theater, starring handmade robots.
Older kids: Dig into a new exhibit, aptly called Yummm! The History, Fantasy and Future of Food, in which paintings, sculptures, embroideries and films explore society’s relationship with food. Through Sept. 3.
Little kids: Meet Raoudi, Henri Matisse’s dog, as he leads the way during an audio family tour that operates on a smartphone or museum-provided device.
Older kids: Free Family Sundays feature a different way to get creative each week. You might make text-based sculptures, pop-up books, animal comics or flowery cards.
Little kids: Navigate the museum with help from a Family Guide, designed to engage young guests with what’s on view. On weekends, keep an eye out for Arts Carts, loaded with costumes, drawing kits and puzzles.
Older kids: Enter the Chamber of Wonders, a 17th-century Dutch nobleman’s collection of treasures, including an arms-filled entry hall that houses medieval weaponry and armor.