Families at CMA

Columbus Museum of Art offers a variety of experiences for family audiences, plus free admission for Children 5 and under. Family experiences include Young Child Studios, Open Studio, Homeschool Workshops, Summer Art Workshops, Family Adventure Tours, the Wonder Room, Big Idea Gallery, Museum on the Move, and more.

What to Do As a Family

  • Explore, play, and imagine with others in the Wonder Room, an immersive and experimental gallery experience.
  • Look for great works of art and many unique, hands-on activities in the Big Idea Gallery.
  • Embark on a scavenger hunt, imagine yourselves inside a painting, or discover a work of art that tells a family story during Family Adventure Tours. (Check the calendar for times).
  • Explore art throughout the Museum galleries through hands-on activities, puzzles, and Join the Conversation stations.
  • Check out these great programs:

Open Studio

The Studio is a place for visitors to experiment, play, and explore with imaginative ideas and unexpected materials. Visitors of all ages are welcome to drop in to the Chase Center for Creativity Studio to engage with new ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends, family, and CMA teaching artists. Open Studio is every Saturday from 1:00-3:00 PM and free with your entrance fee and always free for members.

Young Child Studios

Young Child Studios are hands-on workshops for children 18 months to 5 years. Caregivers and children talk, play and think creatively together. CMA’s artist educators have designed  many opportunities to experiment with materials and ideas in unique environments. This program is drop-in; no reservations requested. For specific dates and times see the Events and Programs page or call 614.221.6801.

Summer Art Workshops

Summer Art Workshops at the Columbus Museum of Art provide playful and creative opportunities for students entering Preschool through 8th grade.  Each workshop includes lively gallery games, dramatic and imaginative exercises, a variety of art materials, and unique art projects.  Check out the 2017 Summer Art Workshops at CMA.

Home School Workshops

CMA offers workshops specifically for home school families. Each month features two opportunities to explore a topic inspired by our collection or special exhibitions. The same workshop is offered Tuesday and Wednesday, the third week of each month (October to May), from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, for homeschool students ages six to 13. Registration includes a guided tour, Studio Thinking Workshop, and Museum admission for the student and one accompanying adult. Parents may choose to drop-off or remain with their child. Registration is $10 per student per workshop for nonmembers, with a special member price of $8 per student per workshop.

Celebrate your Birthday at CMA

A Columbus Museum of Art birthday party offers a hands-on experience with art! With a choice of engaging themes for kids ages 1-11, each party includes admission to CMA, gallery games and adventures, costumes and decorations, an art-making activity, and take-home creativity kit! Learn More.

Museum on the Move!

Museum on the Move! is a community outreach program that provides hands-on art activities at local festivals, fairs, libraries, and other cultural events. Look for Museum on the Move! to visit an event near you.

Sponsor: Huntington

Family Programs Sponsored by:

  • Women’s Board of the Columbus Museum of Art
  • Beaux Arts
  • Cardinal Health Foundation