The CMA is the place for creative families. 

Our interactive family programs 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! Let Gladys the grasshopper guide you to family fun throughout the museum. 

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Free Family Fun Every Day

Interactive Education Gallery

The Interactive Education Gallery is a creative space where children can create their own art based on prompts from our permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Art Explorer Backpacks

Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to enjoy the galleries with interactive activities. 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, line, shape, and the current featured exhibition. These Art Backpacks are fun for ages 2 to 10. To check out a backpack, just ask at the visitor services desk!

Gallery Guides

Learn about art with scavenger hunts and other activities that keep children engaged while touring the galleries. With our family-friendly gallery guides, you'll see the fun side of art.

Free Family Programs

Passport to Art

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.

Gladys' Gang 

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.

Held the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. Registration required as space is limited.

Birthday Parties

A two-hour party includes a gallery tour, a hands-on art activity, invitations, and a Gladys art smock for the birthday boy or girl. $185 for up to 15 participants. For more information or to book a party, contact max@columbiamuseum.org.

For Ages 4-7

Animal Art Safari 
Partiers go on a safari through the galleries and find the animals that call the Museum home. Then discover a new species in the studio by creating an imaginary animal collage!

Finding Fairies
Enter a world of magic and wonder as partiers search for fairies in the galleries. Discover different types of fairies, and then create a small house for your favorites!

For Ages 8-12

Gods and Goddesses
Consort with the gods and seek out ancient mysteries in the galleries. Partiers get art smart with Greek and Roman mythology and create an "ancient relic" in the studio. 

Jewels, Fabulous Jewels
Party guests get inspired by designs and patterns in the galleries then sketch out ideas for their own jewelry line, taking fabulous designs from sketch to a finished piece! 

Preparing for Your Visit

Visitors with autism and other conditions may be hyper sensitive to sensory input, and visiting an art museum can seem like a daunting task in itself, which is why we’ve created the CMA social story – a practical tool for caregivers, teachers, and children to read before visiting to familiarize themselves with what a trip to the museum may entail. Click here to download the CMA social story.

Fun with Art at Home

Can't make it to the museum today? We've got some downloads you can use to explore art at home.