Free family programs
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.
The afternoon begins with an inquiry-based, family-centric tour. The discussion highlights key issues and ideas that in turn inspire the artmaking projects that spill out into our lobby and sculpture garden. Occasionally, guest artists who live and work in Chicago come to the Museum to share innovative Family Day projects they’ve created just for the Smart. Often these guest artist projects help tap into the contemporary moment in a way that relates to kids’ lives and their questions, illustrating the ways artmaking can help families engage in a discourse about critical social issues.
To learn more about family programs, contact Erik Peterson, Manager of Family Programs and Student Engagement.
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, but all ages are welcomed! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Make Art from Home
Artist and museum educator Erik L. Peterson brings the fun and innovative hands-on artmaking of the Smart Museum of Art's monthly family days into your home in a series of instructional videos.
The projects are inspired by the art and artists featured in the Museum’s exhibitions and collections and, where possible, make use of materials and tools that you might already have around home or in your recycling bin.