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Family Day: Cool Cardboard Cameras and Family Portraits

Two children making art out of cardboard tubes

Family Days at the Smart Museum are designed to celebrate the creative potential in all of us. With new projects every month, Family Days offer opportunities for kids and their caregivers to create together and connect with one another. Each program is unique, fun, and free, emphasizing invention, improvisation, and hands-on creativity.

This Saturday, show your kids that cameras aren't just phones! Drop in for a hands-on workshop and use recycled cardboard tubes and boxes to assemble a cool toy camera. Paint it bright rainbow hues or black and silver for an old-school look. Then, stop by our photobooth to snap a black-and-white family portrait. The activities are inspired by the documentary and studio photographs featured in the newly opened exhibition not all realisms

Plus, smile and say “Library!” In collaboration with Chicago Public Library, sing songs and read stories with Librarian Megan during a special photography-themed storytime happening Live at the Smart Museum during Family Day.  

FREE, drop-in. Art-making supplies and other materials are provided. Family programs are best for kids 4–12, but all ages are welcomed! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Photo of a previous Family Day by Erik L. Peterson.