Kids & Families

Art Moves

December 21, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Art Moves replaces traditional sitting-and-looking exercises with engaging-and-interpreting, encouraging children to express themselves through kinesthetic experiences in the galleries. 

Art Moves

December 21, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Shake, Shine and Splatter!

Best for ages 3+ and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Join the movement! Children are naturally inclined (and designed) to be active learners. Whether moving during imaginary play, exploring new concepts, or responding to what one sees, the body teaches the brain to think. Art Moves replaces traditional sitting-and-looking exercises with engaging-and-interpreting, encouraging children to express themselves through kinesthetic experiences in the galleries. In collaboration with the Cleveland-based dance company, The Movement Project, a professional dance instructor and museum educator embrace a whole-body approach to focused looking and process-based art making. Please wear comfortable clothing for bending and stretching. 

Free for members. $10/non-member child. Space is limited.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Photo: Shane Wynn

Art Moves is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

First Night Akron

December 31, 2017, 6:00 – 11:00 pm

First Night Akron is Akron's New Year's Eve community celebration and features the region’s best in music, dance, theater, interactive and visual arts. 

First Night Akron

December 31, 2017, 6:00 – 11:00 pm

The Akron Art Museum is CLOSED during the day on December 31, 2017

The museum OPENS at 6 pm for Akron First Night • Purchase First Night Admission Buttons below

Be amazed at the Akron Art Museum as you travel through a sparkly, shiny, sneaky labyrinth of fun. Your trip will be full of twists and turns and end with you feeling ready to conquer any challenge the New Year throws at you.

Visitors also have the opportunity to paint a human statue, Joy Unspeakable, in the museum
lobby from 6 – 9 pm, when he will come to life. Celebrate with some time on the dance floor
during the dance party from 6 – 11 pm.

There will be music in the auditorium from acclaimed jazz pianist Kofi Boakye from 6:30 – 8:15 pm, and jazz / R & B group, Blu Pi from 9 – 10:45 pm.

Don’t miss the large, interactive fire and ice tower out in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden from 6 - 11 pm.
Galleries will be open from 6 - 10 pm.

Café will be open from 6 - 10:30 pm.
Café offerings will include hot chocolate, coffee, beer, wine, snacks.

Museum Shop will be open from 6 - 9:30 pm. 

Buttons are $10 with children under 10 admitted free with a button wearing adult. Buttons are availible in the museum shop and online. Purchase online using the link below.

Creative Playdate

January 4, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. 

Creative Playdate

January 4, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Ice Cold and Gold

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

Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. Our playdates are structured to be child-led and come with our Live Creative Mess Guarantee: Please dress for experimentation with messy mediums and prepare to be inspired by your child’s creative collaborations and concoctions!

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the button / link below, or call 330.376.9186.

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

Tots Create

January 6, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity. 

Tots Create

January 6, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Happy Accidents Collage Techniques

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

If you can wiggle on a line, smell the color orange and touch soft pink clouds you’re ready for our wonder-filled art adventure. Wander with us in the galleries for fun looking and listening games, songs and rainbow play. After class, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity. Preferred attire: Your messy best.

$5/members • $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

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

Kids Studio

January 6, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Our Kids Studio classes are designed to build confidence in creative risk taking with unique materials and processes rather than learning formal techniques for art-making.

Kids Studio

January 6, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Slime Alchemy Studio

Best for ages 6 – 10

Bring your curiosity and leave inspired! Museum educators and local teaching artists team up to build meaningful connections with contemporary art, followed by offbeat art “experiments” in our non-traditional classroom your kids will love! No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Our Kids Studio classes are designed to build confidence in creative risk taking with unique materials and processes rather than learning formal techniques for art-making. Along their journey, students learn how to express ideas, solve problems constructively and transform imaginative concept into design. Class size is limited. Art smock provided, please wear comfortable clothes that may get stained.

$5/members, $10/non-member child. 
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Family Drop In: Ed Emberley Art Opening

January 11, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Be among the first to see the show and celebrate the opening of Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me. 

Family Drop In: Ed Emberley Art Opening

January 11, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Free and Open to All

Come celebrate the opening of Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me. Be among the first to see the show, pose for a selfie in front of the exhibition’s amazing title wall, experience the storytelling of Wandering Aesthetics, create thumbprint art with Jen Davis of SmART Studio and learn some of Ed Emberley’s signature drawing moves with curator and graffiti artist Caleb Neelon. Dig in to chips and guacamole courtesy of Chipotle and boogie down to some funky sounds. Plus meet special guests Ed and Barbara Emberley!

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Family Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 15, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Celebrate the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by recharging your imagination with hands-on art activities, games and storytelling paired with artists from the museum’s contemporary collection. 

Family Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 15, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy inspires transformation through creativity. Celebrate King’s vision by recharging your imagination with hands-on art activities, games and storytelling paired with artists from the museum’s contemporary collection.

Family Day activities are free. No registration required. Gallery admission free for members and children (age 17 and under).

Photo: Shane Wynn

PNC Logo

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.

Art Moves

January 18, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Art Moves replaces traditional sitting-and-looking exercises with engaging-and-interpreting, encouraging children to express themselves through kinesthetic experiences in the galleries. 

Art Moves

January 18, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Rolling & Bouncing with Color

Best for ages 3+ and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Join the movement! Children are naturally inclined (and designed) to be active learners. Whether moving during imaginary play, exploring new concepts, or responding to what one sees, the body teaches the brain to think. Art Moves replaces traditional sitting-and-looking exercises with engaging-and-interpreting, encouraging children to express themselves through kinesthetic experiences in the galleries. In collaboration with the Cleveland-based dance company, The Movement Project, a professional dance instructor and museum educator embrace a whole-body approach to focused looking and process-based art making. Please wear comfortable clothing for bending and stretching.

Free for members. $10/non-member child. Space is limited.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Photo: Shane Wynn

Art Moves is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Art Babes (new start time!)

January 25, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Park the stroller and crawl on up for bouncy rhymes, singing, puppets and sensory play that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and create a page for the baby book.  

Art Babes (new start time!)

January 25, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Up-Close and Far-Away: Attention Stretching 101

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

Calling all rollers, sitters, dribblers and gigglers for a pint-sized playdate where we’ll explore blobs of color, fuzzy edges, shapes and shadows, scents and touch. Park the stroller and crawl on up for bouncy rhymes, singing, puppets and sensory play that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and create a page for the baby book. Crying and cooing welcome. And don’t let the art disrupt feeding, sleeping or changing schedules; We have a designated, quiet family-friendly classroom for stretching out your visit.

$5 for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Photo: Shane Wynn

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation 

Creative Playdate

February 1, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. 

Creative Playdate

February 1, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Playdough Love Monsters Inspired by the Art of Ed Emberley

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

Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. Our playdates are structured to be child-led and come with our Live Creative Mess Guarantee: Please dress for experimentation with messy mediums and prepare to be inspired by your child’s creative collaborations and concoctions!

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the button / link below, or call 330.376.9186.

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

Tots Create

February 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity.

Tots Create

February 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Fingerprint Impression Art

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

If you can wiggle on a line, smell the color orange and touch soft pink clouds you’re ready for our wonder-filled art adventure. Wander with us in the galleries for fun looking and listening games, songs and rainbow play. After class, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity. Preferred attire: Your messy best.

$5/members • $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

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

Kids Studio

February 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Our Kids Studio classes are designed to build confidence in creative risk taking with unique materials and processes rather than learning formal techniques for art-making. 

Kids Studio

February 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Woodblock Printmaking with Ziplock Bags!?

Best for ages 6 – 10

Bring your curiosity and leave inspired! Museum educators and local teaching artists team up to build meaningful connections with contemporary art, followed by offbeat art “experiments” in our non-traditional classroom your kids will love! No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Our Kids Studio classes are designed to build confidence in creative risk taking with unique materials and processes rather than learning formal techniques for art-making. Along their journey, students learn how to express ideas, solve problems constructively and transform imaginative concept into design. Class size is limited. Art smock provided, please wear comfortable clothes that may get stained.

$5/members, $10/non-member child. 
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Art Moves

February 15, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Art Moves replaces traditional sitting-and-looking exercises with engaging-and-interpreting, encouraging children to express themselves through kinesthetic experiences in the galleries. 

Art Moves

February 15, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Moody Shadow Movements

Best for ages 3+ and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Join the movement! Children are naturally inclined (and designed) to be active learners. Whether moving during imaginary play, exploring new concepts, or responding to what one sees, the body teaches the brain to think. Art Moves replaces traditional sitting-and-looking exercises with engaging-and-interpreting, encouraging children to express themselves through kinesthetic experiences in the galleries. In collaboration with the Cleveland-based dance company, The Movement Project, a professional dance instructor and museum educator embrace a whole-body approach to focused looking and process-based art making. Please wear comfortable clothing for bending and stretching.

Free for members. $10/non-member child. Space is limited.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Photo: Shane Wynn

Art Moves is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Art Babes (new start time!)

February 22, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Park the stroller and crawl on up for bouncy rhymes, singing, puppets and sensory play that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and create a page for the baby book.  

Art Babes (new start time!)

February 22, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Big Sculptures, Little Dumplings

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

Calling all rollers, sitters, dribblers and gigglers for a pint-sized playdate where we’ll explore blobs of color, fuzzy edges, shapes and shadows, scents and touch. Park the stroller and crawl on up for bouncy rhymes, singing, puppets and sensory play that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and create a page for the baby book. Crying and cooing welcome. And don’t let the art disrupt feeding, sleeping or changing schedules; We have a designated, quiet family-friendly classroom for stretching out your visit.

$5 for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation 

Night at the Museum

March 1, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Don't miss these one-night-only, exclusive art shows featuring the work of local students and community members. 

Night at the Museum

March 1, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Featured organization: Chapel Hill Christian School

Free and Open to All

Don't miss these one-night-only, exclusive art shows featuring the work of local students and community members. Each exhibition will be on view all day Thursday, so stop by and admire the talents of your fellow citizens, including some of the area's youngest budding artists. 

Night at the Museum is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annemae Irr Family Foundation.

Night at the Museum

March 15, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Don't miss these one-night-only, exclusive art shows featuring the work of local students and community members. 

Night at the Museum

March 15, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Featured organization: Schumacher Elementary (Akron Public Schools)

Free and Open to All

Don't miss these one-night-only, exclusive art shows featuring the work of local students and community members. Each exhibition will be on view all day Thursday, so stop by and admire the talents of your fellow citizens, including some of the area's youngest budding artists. 

Night at the Museum is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annemae Irr Family Foundation.

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