Join us this summer for an array of family programs designed to engage and inspire.
Remember! Museum admission is required for adults and children ages 13 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult to participate.
Wednesdays and Fridays | 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays | 10:30 a.m.
Meet in the Rapoport Atrium
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 Service Desk thirty minutes prior to tour time.
Wednesdays and Fridays starting June 24 | 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Meet in the Rapoport Atrium
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 works on view in the Blanton's exhibitions. Space is limited. Recommended for families with kids ages 8-13. Tickets available at the Visitor Services Desk one hour prior to tour time.
Deeper Dives for Wednesday, July 22 and Friday, July 24 will focus on the exhibition Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm. There will be a Story Time reading from the original folk tale Cinderella, followed by a gallery talk and art-making in the WorkLAB Studio. The Natalie Frank exhibition features images inspired by the early editions of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, which were intended for adults. We encourage parents to preview the exhibition. A copy of the drawings from the Cinderella series and a copy of the selected reading will be available for parents to preview at the Visitor Services Desk.
Be sure to review our online summer calendar for more family-friendly public programing.
*Blanton will be closed on Saturday, July 4.
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, and an anonymous donor.
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.