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Family Programs

From art making, to story time and beyond, we invite you to join us this summer for an array of family programs aimed to engage and inspire.

Remember! Museum admission is required for adults and children ages 12 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult to participate.

Summer Family Programs
Wednesday, June 11 2014 - Friday, August 8, 2014.




Wednesdays and Fridays | 10am - 12:30pm
Dell Classroom, Smith Building
All Ages

WorkLAB is an open studio that invites makers of all ages to explore a range of media used by artists, while experimenting with a variety of techniques and enticing materials. Drop by to create, engage, and connect through art! Space is limited.

Storytime Tours

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays | 10:30am
Rapoport Atrium, Michener Building
Recommended for kids age 3-7 and their adult companions

Encourage young art lovers to look carefully and make connections between art, story, and life during these 30-minute thematic tours. Space is limited. Recommended for kids ages 3-7 and their adult companions. Tour tickets available at the Visitor Services Desk.

Deeper Dives

Begins Wednesday, June 25 through August 8

Wednesdays and Fridays | 1 - 2:30pm
Rapoport Atrium, Michener Building
Recommended for families with kids age 8-13

Deeper Dives are 90-minute experiences that encourage adult and child interaction by combining close looking, conversation, and related art-making activities. Each week will focus on a different theme from the exhibition In the Company of Cats and Dogs. Space is limited. Recommended for families with kids ages 8-13. Tickets available at the Visitor Services Desk one hour prior to tour time. 

Be sure to review our online summer calendar for more family friendly public programing, including screenings of cat- and dog-related films.

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Tips for Parents
Here are some helpful tips for talking to children about art at the museum.


Children enjoy art activities during the museum's Family Days

Take your time and limit what you see to one part of the collection or exhibition. Don't feel like you have to see the entire museum in one visit.

Remind your child not to touch the art. There are a few exceptions to this, so just ask one of our gallery assistants to be sure.

Let the child choose art he or she finds interesting, then, look at and talk about the work together. Here are some ideas for discussion:

Don't hesitate to go back to the same works. As with a favorite book or song, a child can see an artwork over and over again and discover something new about it each time.

Buy something like a postcard or art magnet at the end of your visit as a souvenir of your child's experience. This can enhance his or her memory of the works of art and can improve your child's comfort with looking at art.

And remember, it's okay not to know about a work of art. Just have fun and discover what you see together.


Support for education programs at the Blanton is provided by a grant from the Austin Community Foundation, with additional support from The Brown Foundation, Inc. Education Endowment.

Austin Community Foundation