Art Hotspots in Delaware
Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover
Three FREE monthly activities keep families entertained. The First Friday program features parties, tours and interactive activities. Drop-in workshops like Biggs Kids and Mini-Masters give kids 3 to 10 the opportunity to be the artist. And Family Movie Nights send you on a kid-centric flashlight tour of the galleries before cozying up for a newly released family film. FREE
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
From a gigantic white wall with pegs on which to hang colored foam to large magnetic puzzle pieces used to recreate artwork in the collection, the Kids’ Corner literally puts kids in touch with art. Programs like Glory of Stories and the Sunday Studio Series also engage art-inclined families, introducing new mediums every month. $$$; FREE Sun. admission
Over in Baltimore:
American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
A life-size, interactive chess set of sculpted metal aliens and angels, an 8-foot Cosmic Galaxy Egg, an annual Kinetic Sculpture Race featuring wacky, human-powered works of art designed to travel across various terrains: This isn’t your typical art museum. Programs like AVAM in the Afternoon and free after-school workshops with the Enoch Pratt Free Library let kids explore the exhibits, meet the artists and create their own visionary works. $$$
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Get to know Raoudi, Henri Matisse’s dog, as he guides you through the museum’s family art adventures and narrates the new Family Tour, which highlights the collection through a handheld audio device that allows for breaks and chitchat. Free Family Sundays are another must-do, with family-themed sketching tours and hands-on workshops. FREE
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Waltee the lion cub points the way to all the family-friendly activities and programs throughout the museum: Walk, Wonder & Create Tours, Art Accents Bilingual Tours, Family Audio Guide Tour and drop-in art activities. Keep a lookout for ArtCarts, available on weekends and during school breaks, loaded with free in-gallery family activities, interactive Family Guides, Discovery Quilts for lounging in the galleries and Sensory Fun Packs for families of children with sensory processing disorders. FREE
Center for the Creative Arts, Yorklyn
Unleash your kids’ creativity through SMARTS (Saturday Morning Arts for Kids), where they’ll experiment with pottery, drawing and painting. If they can’t get enough of their inner Picasso, art-themed birthday parties range from Art You Can Eat to Paint Like the Masters, Mosaics to Messy is Marvelous.
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington
Kids’ art classes and teen workshops get visual with postcard art, woodblock printing and street art. Bring the whole gang out to Family Sundays and learn art concepts through guided tours, classroom activities and gallery scavenger hunts.
Over in Pennsylvania:
Community Arts Center, Wallingford
Art-instilling options include the yearlong Art Start Preschool or the afternoon Lucky Charms program. Kids can join the Children’s Committee or the Chester Community Murals Program to help with projects around the venue and neighborhood.
Darlington Arts Center, Garnet Valley
Classes and after-school programs delve into the full world of visual arts: drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture. Biannually, students and teaching artists exhibit their work in a gallery.