Sundays drop-in between 1:00 & 4:00 p.m. Ages 3 and up with accompanying adults
Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art making, enjoy our 2:00 p.m. family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search.
April Sundays: Mask-Making
Masks are used in Buddhism, Hinduism, and by the tribal groups of the Himalayas in ceremonies and performances. Explore the masks in the exhibition Becoming Another: The Power of Masks on the sixth floor and then drop by the art studio to make your own mask! *No program on 4/5 due to Easter holiday
May Sundays: Origami!
Origami has long been thought to have many benefits – from aiding in hand-eye coordination to relaxing the mind. The exhibition Art with Benefits: The Drigung Tradition, presents artworks that are thought to bestow “benefits” on the viewer just by looking at them. After a trip to the galleries, drop by the art studio to create your own “beneficial” origami. *No program on 5/24 due to Memorial Day weekend
June Sundays: Mini Clay Offerings
Explore the shrines in the exhibition Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies and then drop by the art studio to make your own mini shrine offering out of clay!
$5 per child; Adults pay regular admission; Free to children under 1 year and Free for Cool Culture. Tickets may be purchased day of at the Museum admissions desk and starting at 1pm at the Education Center. Please call in advance if you are interested in bringing a group of 10 or more.
Family Sundays Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the format of Family Sundays? What are the goals of Family Sundays? What does “Drop-in” mean? / What is a “Drop-in” Program? How do Family Sundays differ from Family Art Labs? Is the 2 p.m. Family Exhibition Tour required? What is the length of time for the art activity and Family Exhibition Tour? How do the activities differ each week/month? Is it required that both child and adult participate in all Family Sunday activities? Is there an age limit for Family Sundays? Do I need to bring any materials with me to Family Sundays? How can I prepare my child/children for our visit to the Rubin Museum of Art?
What is the format of Family Sundays?
Family Sundays Programs are held every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Arrive to the program when you like. Each month we explore a new theme. The art-making activity will be centered on that special theme. Your Museum Educator will guide your art-making with techniques and a brief demonstration of the project and will then let you explore a variety of art materials for making the project on your own. Materials will be provided, but please bring your creativity! top
What are the goals of Family Sundays?
Our main goal is for you and your family to have a fun experience together while enhancing your family’s visit to the Rubin Museum of Art. Family Sundays will provide a new approach to museum-visiting and learning by conducting art-marking activities based on our exhibitions. top
What does “Drop-in” mean? / What is a “Drop-in” Program?
“Drop-in” means you can partake in our program at the time that is most convenient for you and your family. Stop by our Education Center Art Studio any time between 1pm and 4pm on Sundays to join in the fun. No advance ticketing or reservations are required. top
How do Family Sundays differ from Family Art Labs?
Family Art Labs are full two-hour workshop experiences that include an overview of the workshop theme, a guided group gallery exploration, and art-marking in the studio. Family Art Labs have limited tickets available. Family Sundays are art-making at your leisure and offer optional Family Exhibition Tours and thematic gallery searches. Family Sundays do not have limited tickets. top
Is the 2 p.m. Family Exhibition Tour required?
While we encourage you to take advantage of our tours for an enhanced museum experience, the 2pm Family Exhibition Tour is optional. In addition to the tour, we also offer a thematic gallery search that you can enjoy on your own time in the galleries. top
What is the length of time for the art activity and Family Exhibition Tour?
Family Sundays are scheduled from 1pm to 4pm, but the art activity may last as long as it takes for your child to create his/her work. If you choose to attend the Family Exhibition Tour, it will last approximately 30 min (from 2pm-2:30pm). top
How do the activities differ each week/month?
Each month will present a new theme that connects to a current exhibition. Themes and art activities from week-to-week and throughout each month will remain the same. top
Is it required that both child and adult participate in all Family Sunday activities?
We strongly believe that children learn best with the presence and support of a significant adult. Your enthusiasm and participation will encourage your child to be fully engaged in his/her museum experiences. top
Is there an age limit for Family Sundays?
While our suggested age for the art activities is 3 and older, there is no age limit for Family Sundays. top
Do I need to bring any materials with me to Family Sundays?
All materials will be provided for you! You are more than welcomed to bring a drawing pad and pencil to sketch in the galleries on your own, or ask about a Yak Pack from the Museum admissions desk. Please remember that ONLY pencils are allowed in the galleries (NO crayons, pens, or markers). top
How can I prepare my child/children for our visit to the Rubin Museum of Art?
Before your visit:
- Talk about the museum rules with your child (NO running. NO food or drink. NO touching the artworks).
- Discuss with your child what they might do/see.
- Find out what exhibitions will be open during your visit.
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