Free Family ArtVentures

Explore, look, and take part in art together with a FREE Family ArtVenture, held the fourth Saturday of the month, featuring special gallery activities and hands-on artmaking projects that bring WAM's art exhibitions to life. No reservations are required, and you may drop in anytime between 11 am and 3 pm. Stay for an hour, or stay for the afternoon. Activities take place throughout the museum. Let's start ArtVenturing, shall we?

Free general admission to the museum and to Family ArtVenture on Saturdays! Free Saturday general admission is generously supported by Colby Sandlian, Sandlian Realty.

 

Winter 2020 Youth & Family Activities Booklet

Looking for fun family activities this winter? WAM offers Art Start for children ages 3 to 5  plus Saturday ArtVentures for the whole family. When it's cold outside, keep warm at WAM with artmaking activities! 

Click here to download the Winter 2020 Youth & Family Booklet. 


Family ArtVenture: A Bob Ross Festival

Saturday, February 22
11 am to 3 pm
Free admission and activities

What better way to beat the winter doldrums than a Bob Ross-themed day at WAM? Ross was an American painter, art instructor, and television host of The Joy of Painting that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS. Enjoy a binge marathon of Bob Ross episodes on WAM’s big screen. Try your hand at painting "happy little trees." Explore WAM’s collection and find your favorite landscape painting. Come wearing your favorite Bob Ross-inspired outfit.


Please note: Due to construction, WAM's main entrance is closed. Enter the museum on the east side of the building through the Living Room doors. Look for the Tom Otterness sculpture Dreamer's Awake near the doors to the temporary entrance. In addition to WAM's parking lot, visitor parking is available across Museum Boulevard south of the museum.

 

Artcation @ WAM: Where Art Never Takes A Break

Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20
1 to 4 pm
$1 admission for kids 5 & older
$1 admission for university/college students with ID

For four days over spring break week, WAM offers a great place to take an Art Break. Each day highlights different artmaking and interactive activities. Try your hand at special art projects. Watch youth-friendly flicks selected especially to transport you to new locales. Explore the galleries with a special museum tour.

Come one day, or come for all; each day will have different activities. Due to the renovations, WAM shakes it up this year and artmaking activities will be taking place in some new and fun spots!

 

Family ArtVenture: WAM BAM Disco Time

Saturday, March 28
11 am to 4 pm
Free admission and activities

Join us for our festive and fun family disco party. From 11 am to 1:30 pm, families make fun and wacky dance accessories to wear. Then the party amps up with an all-ages disco dance party. From 1:30 to 4 pm, DJ Carbon will get your toes tapping and bodies shaking. The dance party takes place in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall. So, polish those dancing shoes, dust off your best outfit to bust a move, and come to WAM for a great day.

 

Renovation Opening Day Extravaganza

Saturday, April 25
11 am to 3 pm
Free admission and activities

We invite you to come visit the newly revamped Living Room after a makeover project is completed. There are activities for all ages throughout the day.

11 am to 3 pm Coffee Break and Live Music
S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall
Grab a complimentary fresh cup of java. Get comfy. Take a break. Settle into a cozy spot and enjoy the art of being.
 

11 am to 3 pm Family ArtVenture
Living Room
Special activities will highlight the exhibition Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight. Families will explore the Native American Tlingit story of Raven through special artmaking and gallery-led explorations. Join us in the new Living Room for a great day of art.

1 pm Film Screening: Museum Hours
Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall
Indie film director Jem Cohen crafted a story about art museums’ impact in his critically acclaimed 2012 film, Museum Hours. The drama takes place in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum (art museum) as an American visitor strikes up an unlikely friendship with a guard. Anne visits Austria for her cousin’s medical emergency, and she finds solace in the art museum. As the acquaintances admire Old Master paintings, they reflect on how artworks reveal daily experience and can change lives. As we mark a new day at WAM, enjoy this film about the power to be found in museum galleries. FILM RUN TIME IS 106 MINUTES

2 pm Jay and Leslie: Juggling and Other Nonsense
WAM welcomes the wonderful juggling-and-other-nonsense duo, Jay and Leslie from Mission, Kansas. They will perform their signature, interactive show Laughing Matters. Join this great performance of juggling, mime, circus, and theatrical delights!

 

Go, Girl, Go!

Saturday, May 23
11 am to 3 pm
Free admission and activities

In honor of the special exhibition Before and After 1920: Women Artists from the Collection of the Wichita Art Museum, join us for special art activities inspired by female artists as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.

 

Art Outdoors: Bubble Mania

Saturday, June 27
11 am to 3 pm
Free admission and activities

ArtVenture takes the fun outdoors! Explore special activities and games in the Art Garden (weather permitting). Try to blow giant bubbles, create a unique art sculpture, play badminton, with more fun in store.

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