The Smart Museum offers a suite of free family programs and fun resources designed to inspire children to think about and respond creatively to art.
The Smart offers a variety of drop-in family programs featuring hands-on art activities, gallery games, and other fun projects.
Join in the Smart's free family activities on the first Saturday of every month! Each drop-in program features hands-on art activities and tours that encourage children and parents to engage in some creative looking. See what the fun is all about and view photos of our family days on Facebook.
Saturday, April 6, 1–4 pm
Family Day: Postcards for Peace
Create postcards for peace and enjoy a dance performance and workshop with the Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts.
Saturday, May 4, 1–4 pm
Family Day: Imaginary Cityscapes
Make an imaginary cityscape out of paper and pop-up collage.
Saturday, June 1, 1–4 pm
Family Day: Shapes and Paper and Sculpture, Oh My!
Create an abstract sculpture using color paper and folding techniques.
For more information about family programs at the Smart, e-mail Erik Peterson or call 773.702.2362.
Family programs at the Smart are free and open to all. Art-making supplies and other materials are provided. Family programs are best for kids 4–12. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Family programs are supported by the Harper Court Arts Council.
Use these kid-friendly, creative resources to explore the ideas and techniques behind the art on view in our galleries.
Be an art detective and hunt for visual clues about an artwork, go on a studio visit with an artist, learn about art terms, and explore art materials and techniques on the interactive smARTkids website.
Artwork of the Month
Follow up on a visit to the Smart with one of our Artwork of the Month activities. The at-home projects are simple, inexpensive, and make use of easy-to-find materials.
Grab a kid-friendly gallery guide and wind your way through the Smart while learning about the artists, techniques, and works on view. Ask for a gallery guide at the Smart’s information desk or download one here in advance.
Plus, check out some of our past gallery guides:
The Sahmat Collective
February 14–June 9, 2013
Explore art and activism in the world's most populous democracy, India.
The Smart's biennial report is now available online. The Bulletin details the Museum's exhibitions, programs, acquisitions, and generous supporters over the last two years.