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About family programs

​​​Discover the world of art and spark you and your little one’s imaginations. Explore the galleries, create your own masterpieces, play dress-up, and watch artists at work! With three locations, there are plenty of adventures to be had with your family at SAM.​​



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Family & Community Festivals

F​amily and Commun​ity Festivals are full of art-making activities, live music, storytelling, performances, and family-friendly art tours—all with the participation of SAM’s community partners. These all-day art celebrations are guaranteed to get your family inspired, moving, creating, and connecting with your community.

Family & Community Festivals

Family Festivals include live music and shadow puppetry, face painting, music demos and workshops, dance lessons, and more. Get inspired on a family-friendly tour of the galleries; then participate in several different daylong art-making activities that connect to major themes in SAM’s current special exhibition.

Family & Community Festivals

Bring your family and friends of all ages to Community Night Out! These festive art celebrations take place in the evening with activities and performances that appeal to a wide range of age groups, like dance workshops, performance art, My Favorite Things tours of the galleries, rapid-fire Pecha Kucha presentations, trivia, music demos, all-night art-making activities, a video response booth, DJs, and much more.

Free with museum admission.​​​​​​​

Presented by

Sponsored by
BNSF Railway
RealNetworks Foundation


    Family Fun Workshops

    Introduce your family to a variety of cultures and artistic traditions during a Family Fun Workshop. This art experience is designed to engage both kids and adults in two hours of learning and creating together.

    Every workshop begins with a sketching tour of the galleries. With the guidance of a Teaching Artist and a wealth of provided art-making materials, harness your imaginations to create a masterpiece inspired by your art adventure.

    Workshoppers have created portraits of important women in their lives, wearable art inspired by contemporary Japanese fashion, gold pendants, abstract dot paintings inspired by Australian Aboriginal art, and puppets!

    Workshops are designed for specific age groups to provide an experience tailored to the needs of Tiny Tots (ages 3–6), Young Artists (ages 6–10), and Tweens (ages 9–12).

    Presented by

    Sponsored by
    BNSF Railway
    RealNetworks Foundation

    Support for Family Fun Workshops provided by The Thanksgiving Foundation.


      Free First Saturday

      Create art that connects with the world cultures featured in exhibitions​ at the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Each Free First Saturday has an exciting new theme and drop-in workshops guided by teaching artists. Model traditional costumes, enjoy a special performance, watch a family-friendly movie, discover a new book, and embark on a sketching tour of the galleries.

      Free First Saturday

      At Free First Saturdays, families create delicate wire and bead Bodhi Trees, clay pots, colorful Rangoli Mats inspired by images from the Ramayana, personal treasure boxes, exquisite cherry blossom watercolor paintings, fun and functional kites, shadow puppets, and learn calligraphy.

      First Free Saturday

      Every fall, be on the lookout for a very special Diwali-themed Free First Saturday, featuring henna and a fashion show presented by SAM Partner Junior Asha. 

      Every February, celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with activities focused on the New Year’s zodiac animal. 

      Come spring, don’t miss a special Japanese doll display in honor of Girls' Day!

      Designed for kids ages 3–12 and their parents or guardians.

      Free​ and open to the public!​​​​

      Presented by

        SAM CAMP

        SAM Camp

        Every summer, children entering grades 1–5 can experience three fun-filled weeks of inspiration and creativity at SAM. Campers will sharpen their art-making skills, unleash their imaginations, make new friends, and explore SAM’s galleries and outdoor spaces. Each week is packed with fresh and exciting activities and new experiences, so send campers to one week or all three! We guarantee they’ll expand their creativity and build great memories.

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        http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=55548Mon Jul 10 – Fri 14 2017SAM Camp Earth Guardians
        http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=55549Mon Jul 17 – Fri 21 2017 SAM Camp Imaginative Inventors
        http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=55550Mon Jul 24 – Fri 28 2017SAM Camp Globetrotters

        Winter in the Park

        SAM Lights

        SAM Lights

        Light up your winter with SAM’s free program connecting all ages to art and the environment. Lit by temporary light installations and hundreds of luminarias, follow the path through the park and see the sculptures from a new perspective. Art making, live music, hot beverages, and sweet treats will offer everyone a way to enjoy the glow of the park.

        Kids at the Park

        Kids' Saturday in the Park

        From 11 am – 2 pm, bring your family for Kids’ Saturdays to explore the Olympic Sculpture Park, get creative with drop-in art activities, and have fun learning with community partners. Grab a cardboard box from home and turn it into art! Kids will create a vehicle from boxes and recycled materials for an indoor "drive-in" movie.


          Chase Open Studio

          ​Seattle Art MuseumChase Open Studio

          ​On your way to the Chase Open Studio, climb the steps past Chinese marble soldiers and see the original Sammy the Camel from the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, now in his new home downtown. In the Open Studio, find everything you need to create your own piece of art inspired by major themes in Seattle Art Museum’s current special exhibition. Use the self-guided art-making activity to get started, then let your imagination soar.

          Chase Open Studio is located along the grand staircase between the 1st Avenue and University Street entrance and 2nd Avenue.

          Free and open to the public!

          Knudsen Family Room

          Seattle Art MuseumKnudsen Family Room

          Tucked away in the third floor galleries, the Knudsen Family Room is a perfect spot for rest and play. Discover a new book, find your rhythm and jam on a drum, or channel your inner architect with blocks​. Head back into the galleries energized for more fresh art encounters.

          Knudsen Family Room is located in the South Building on the third floor and is accessible to everyone who visits the galleries.

          Family Play Area

          Olympic Sculpture ParkFamily Play Area at Olympic Sculpture Park

          Take a break from the sun (or rain), and come play in the PACCAR Pavilion. Relax in a beanbag chair, read a new book, do a puzzle, or create your own masterpiece. Leave ready to take in more monumental sculpture on another walk through the park.

          The play area is located in the PACCAR Pavilion at the NE corner of the park.

          Free and open to the public! ​​

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