Kids & Families

Kids Creative Playdate: Percussion with Junk = The Art of Skiffle

April 4, 2019, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

This program encourages multi-age creative wanderings with sensory-rich, open-ended experimentation and self-expression.

Kids Creative Playdate: Percussion with Junk = The Art of Skiffle

April 4, 2019, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Kids Creative Playdate: Percussion with Junk = The Art of Skiffle

Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday! Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s imaginative potential—where the only adult expectations are meaningful messes and big ideas. This program encourages multi-age creative wanderings with sensory-rich, open-ended experimentation and self-expression. Art smocks provided.

FREE for members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Kids Studio: Nick Cave-Inspired Fortnite Skinz

April 6, 2019, 1 - 3 PM

Guided by a practicing studio artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close, then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio.

Kids Studio: Nick Cave-Inspired Fortnite Skinz

April 6, 2019, 1 - 3 PM

Kids Studio: Nick Cave-Inspired Fortnite Skinz

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by a practicing studio artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close, then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio. Inventiveness using unique materials and exploring the creative process of art-making are key components to our studio experience. Dress for mess.

$5/members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required. Caregivers welcome to participate but not required to stay.

Not a member? Join here!

Kids Studio is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Apollo's Fire presents a Family Concert

April 6, 2019, 3 - 4 PM

Bach’s house was overflowing with kids and harpsichords, and he boasted that he could make “both an instrumental and a vocal ensemble” from his family. The 45-min. program ends with Apollo's Fire's famous Instrument Petting Zoo – parents and kids invade the stage and try the instruments!

Apollo's Fire presents a Family Concert

April 6, 2019, 3 - 4 PM

Apollo's Fire presents a Family Concert: BACH & His Amazing Musical Family

Bach’s house was overflowing with kids and harpsichords, and he boasted that he could make “both an instrumental and a vocal ensemble” from his family. The 45-min. program ends with Apollo's Fire's famous Instrument Petting Zoo – parents and kids invade the stage and try the instruments!

FREE • 45-minute interactive concert for the Young & Young-at-Heart, ages 6 – 96 • Feel free to come and go, but we bet you'll want to watch the whole show!

No registration required. Seating is limited and will be available first come, first served.

Photo by Shane Wynn

Night at the Museum - Head Start: Community Action Akron Summit

April 11, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows.

Night at the Museum - Head Start: Community Action Akron Summit

April 11, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Night at the Museum - Head Start: Community Action Akron Summit

Reception from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows. Featuring schools and organizations in the surrounding community, the events highlight the talent of Northeast Ohio’s youngest artists, as well as their amazing teachers and mentors.

Night at the Museum is made possible by Fifth Third Bank with additional support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Photo by Shane Wynn

Art Babes: BabyFest ’19, Featuring Nick Cave-Inspired Bedazzled Diaper Crawl!

April 11, 2019, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships.

Art Babes: BabyFest ’19, Featuring Nick Cave-Inspired Bedazzled Diaper Crawl!

April 11, 2019, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Art Babes: BabyFest ’19, Featuring Nick Cave-Inspired Bedazzled Diaper Crawl!

Best for ages 0 – 12 months and their grown-ups

Celebrate the joys of babyhood during the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Week of the Young Child. Free activities for all member and nonmember babies and caregivers.

Drop-in! Registration for BabyFest is not required.

Registration for Mini-Classes is required.


BabyFest '19 Schedule

11 A.M. – 2 P.M. CHECK IN, UNWIND AND LIVE CREATIVE
Park the stroller and discover creative, developmentally-appropriate approaches to playful learning

PRESERVE MEMORIES WITH A PHOTO
Pop-up baby photo sessions with Nat Hansumrittisak, LoveWhatIDo Photography (by online reservation & pre-pay only)

Love What I Do Photography baby portraits from BabyFeat 2018

GET TO KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY RESOURCES
PNC Grow Up Great®, Akron Children’s Museum, Akron-Summit County Public Library (Children’s Department), Community Action Akron Summit Head Start, Akron Chapter of Hike It Baby, Babywearing of Northeast Ohio (bring your baby-wearing apparel for a free safety check), Akron Coffee Roasters (DIY almond milk demo), Akron Art Museum (high contrast art cards for baby with printmaker, Katelyn Evans), Pink Velvet Studio (sensory art experiences for baby with art educators, Sarah Gott & Margo Harmon).

11 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. BUILD BRIDGES IN THE BRAIN WITH MUSIC, set I
Sing along and sway to familiar ukulele tunes by Akron’s own, Rubber City Ukes

11:30 A.M. – 12 P.M. BOND AND FORM HEALTHY HABITS BY SAMPLING MINI-CLASSES, session I

Baby Zumba Class: Janet Miller, Zumbini (pre-register below)

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Infant Massage Class: Jolynn Radin, The Womb Wellness Center  (pre-register below)

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12 – 12:30 P.M. BUILD BRIDGES IN THE BRAIN WITH MUSIC, set II

12:30-1 P.M. BOND AND FORM HEALTHY HABITS BY SAMPLING MINI-CLASSES, session II

Baby Zumba Class: Janet Miller, Zumbini (pre-register below)

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Infant Massage Class: Jolynn Radin, The Womb Wellness Center  (pre-register below)

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12:30 – 1 P.M. INFANTS SEE THINGS THAT GROWN-UPS DON’T, stroller gallery tour, session I

1 – 2 P.M. INFANTS SEE THINGS THAT GROWN-UPS DON’T, stroller gallery tour, session II

2 P.M. BABYFEST ENDS – Continue to grow through creative play by planning your next visit to Akron Art Museum for our regular Live Creative children’s programs.

Family Days are made possible by the presenting sponsor PNC with additional support from the R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

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Kids After-School Mind Unwind - Dress Your Head: Quirky Hats and Hair Disguises

April 18, 2019, 4 - 6 PM

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee!

Kids After-School Mind Unwind - Dress Your Head: Quirky Hats and Hair Disguises

April 18, 2019, 4 - 6 PM

Kids After-School Mind Unwind - Dress Your Head: Quirky Hats and Hair Disguises

Best for ages 5 – 12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Hang out with other young visionaries and learn how to develop lifelong positive habits of the mind with fun, energizing art experiences. Don’t settle for bored and tired, get inspired! Every 2nd Free Thursday.

Thursday, April 18: Dress Your Head: Quirky Hats and Hair Disguises

Admission free to all. Supplies limited; registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Anna Mae Orr Foundation.

Kids Creative Playdate: Top Hats and Topiary - Disco Tea Party

May 2, 2019, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday! Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s imaginative potential—where the only adult expectations are meaningful messes and big ideas.

Kids Creative Playdate: Top Hats and Topiary - Disco Tea Party

May 2, 2019, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Kids Creative Playdate: Top Hats and Topiary - Disco Tea Party

Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday! Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s imaginative potential—where the only adult expectations are meaningful messes and big ideas. This program encourages multi-age creative wanderings with sensory-rich, open-ended experimentation and self-expression. Art smocks provided.

FREE for members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Kids Studio at the Akron Art Museum - Colossal Collage, Panic-Build Style!

May 4, 2019, 1 - 3 PM

Guided by a practicing studio artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close, then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio.

Kids Studio at the Akron Art Museum - Colossal Collage, Panic-Build Style!

May 4, 2019, 1 - 3 PM

Kids Studio at the Akron Art Museum - Colossal Collage, Panic-Build Style!

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by a practicing studio artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close, then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio. Inventiveness using unique materials and exploring the creative process of art-making are key components to our studio experience. Dress for mess.

$5/members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required. Caregivers welcome to participate but not required to stay.

Not a member? Join here!

Kids Studio is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Kids After-School Mind Unwind - Tiny Hodge-Podge Assemblage Art (in an Altoids Tin)

May 16, 2019, 4 - 6 PM

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee!

Kids After-School Mind Unwind - Tiny Hodge-Podge Assemblage Art (in an Altoids Tin)

May 16, 2019, 4 - 6 PM

Kids After-School Mind Unwind - Tiny Hodge-Podge Assemblage Art (in an Altoids Tin)

Best for ages 5 – 12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Hang out with other young visionaries and learn how to develop lifelong positive habits of the mind with fun, energizing art experiences. Don’t settle for bored and tired, get inspired! Every 2nd Free Thursday.

Admission free to all. Supplies limited; registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Anna Mae Orr Foundation.

Art Babes: Baby and the Onesies Band: Engineering Sound with Everyday Objects

May 23, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships.

Art Babes: Baby and the Onesies Band: Engineering Sound with Everyday Objects

May 23, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

Art Babes: Baby and the Onesies Band: Engineering Sound with Everyday Objects

Best for ages 0 – 12 months and their grown-ups

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Happy babbles and crying are welcome! After class, make time for coffee talk and play awhile in our baby-friendly space.

$5 for members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required.

Not a member? Join here!

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Anna Mae Orr Foundation.

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