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 mission of the Interactive Education Gallery at the Columbia Museum of Art is to foster the creation, appreciation,
understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts through student exhibitions and an interactive art environment.
Emphasizing creativity and excellence, we reach out to South Carolina teachers, students, parents and the public to
develop a dialogue based on works from our permanent collection and special exhibitions. This work coupled with our
interactive components, give our visitors a visual arts language by fostering their ability to think critically and creatively.
A 2-hour party includes a 30-minute gallery tour, hands-on activity, paper products, invitations, and art smock for the birthday child. $185 for up to 15 participants. For more information or to book a party, call Danielle Kelly 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.
As darkness falls the museum transforms into a Spooktacular place filled with ghosts, art, magic and goodies. Families explore the galleries by taking a ‘spooky’-themed tour and participating in a Haunted Gallery Hunt as well as decorating a gourd and creating other Halloween art. At the stroke of 7:00 everyone enjoys a magic show followed by a trip to the Garden of Curiosities.
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.