Our interactive family programs now offer parents and children the opportunity to explore the many aspects of art and culture together. Listen to storytelling in the galleries, take a family safari through our collection or create a piece of original artwork—these are just a few of the entertaining activities the whole family can enjoy.
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Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to not only have fun in the galleries with interactive activities but also to feel like the galleries are accessible and welcoming. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a compass, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. Themes to choose from are pattern, color, shape, and the current traveling exhibition.More details
For interactive fun, look no further! Learn about art with scavenger hunts and other activities that get the whole family involved. With these family-friendly gallery guides, you'll see the fun side of art!
Available for free in the Interactive Education Gallery.
The CMA's Interactive Education Gallery is a family friendly destination. It is always FREE and has several fun activities for parents to do with their children that relates to the student work being exhibited. Come visit the CMA today!
The CMA presents an exhibition of South Carolina student art from A. C. Flora High School in Forest Acres. Students explore the processes and techniques used by Norman Rockwell to create their own work capturing their personal histories....More details
A two-hour party includes a gallery tour, a hands-on art activity, invitations, and a Gladys art smock for the birthday child. $185 for up to 15 participants. For more information or to book a party, call Chelsea Swentik at 343.2215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come get your Passport to Art! This year-round program for families features a new hands-on art project each month. After spending time in our open studios, explore our galleries at your own leisure or join us for the Family Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Held the second Sunday of the month from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Join us for this exciting new series! Participants (ages 2-5) and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape and texture. This FREE monthly program includes a gallery visit, story time and a creative studio activity.
Registration required as space is limited.
Family Fun Days are semi-annual events that connect to the childhood themes of Halloween and Valentine’s Day through specialized tours and art activities. These events encourage families to experience art and fun together.
Come have a ghoulishly good time at the fourth annual “Spooktacular” family fun event. As darkness falls, the Museum transforms with ghosts, bats, pumpkins, art stations, sweet treats, and more! Make sure to wear your costume as you embark on a spooky gallery tour. Visit the Mad Scientist’s Laboratory as he conducts some exciting experiments. And at the stroke of 7:00, enjoy a performance by the band Lunch Money. Sponsored by The Junior League of Columbia and the City of Forest Acres. Admission is free with a canned good donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Families are invited to feel the love (of art)! Get creative at art stations and make a valentine for someone special or the whole class. Take a Love-Struck Tour, participate in the Birds of a Feather Gallery Hunt and smile for the camera in the Be Mine Selfie Booth. Enjoy the Riverbanks Zoo's Valentine Bio Facts Table. Don’t forget to purchase some sweet treats or hot cocoa and rock out with the band Lunch Money at 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by Junior League of Columbia.