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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, learn through movement, 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 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 learning and creating together.

Every workshop begins by exploring a work of art in SAM’s collection. With the guidance of a teaching artist and plenty of art-making materials provided, imaginations can run wild as you 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 2–5) and Young Artists (ages 6–12).

Workshop sold out? Join our waiting list here.

Family Fun Workshops Presented by
PNC Bank

Support for Family Fun Workshops provided by
The Thanksgiving Foundation.


SAM Camp

Make art and new friends at SAM Camp! Led by local arts educators and inspired by work on view at SAM! We’ll explore the Olympic Sculpture Park and learn and create in our outdoor studio. Create prints using natural materials and be inspired by the beautiful vistas of the park while painting en plein air. This year, campers will be in small groups, mask requirements will be in place, and we will spend the majority of our time outside.

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Family & Community Festivals

Community Night Out is a free festive art celebration that takes 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, music demos, all-night art-making activities, a video response booth, DJs, and much more.

Children gathered around table doing crafts for Día de los MuertosInstallation photo of a tapete. Painted in the sand in the shape of a flower are skulls and stars. In the center of the tapete is a wooden structure crafted to resemble a coronavirus.

Free Family Festivals Presented by PNC Bank 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 exhibitions

Free Family Festivals Presented by
PNC Bank

FAMILY SATURDAYS Presented by pnc bank


Free First Saturday

Create art that connects with the world cultures inspired by SAM's Asian art collection. Each Family Saturday has an exciting new theme and a variety of activities that include art making, performances, story time, or movement workshops.

These events are designed for families and caregivers with children ages 2-12, but all are welcome to enjoy. Advanced registration is recommended for receiving important program and arrival details the week of the event. Walk-in capacity is limited on a first-come-first-served basis.

First Free Saturday

Every fall, be on the lookout for a very special Diwali-themed Family 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. 

Family Saturdays at Seattle Asian Art Museum
Presented by
PNC Bank

Olympic Sculpture Park

Families at the Park

Bring your family to get creative at the Olympic Sculpture Park! On select Saturdays, children and their caregivers can make and explore the Olympic Sculpture Park together. Have fun while you learn about art at the park and our local environment!

RSVPs are recommended for receiving important program and arrival details the week of the event. Walk-in capacity is limited on a first-come-first-served basis.

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