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Please visit our Calendar for monthly topics and additional details. Reservations can be made online or by calling (513) 721-ARTS.

Family Programs

Third Saturdays (September – May), 1 – 3 p.m.

This rewarding experience can enhance artistic development! It can do so much for a child, and can also add to your own appreciation for art making. This class format is designed for children ages 6–12 who are accompanied by an adult who will actively share their art experience. Select local artists make it fun by leading interactive classes that include a gallery tour and hands-on art activity.

$5 per person for members.
$10 per person for general public.

Reservations required. Reservations can be made online or by calling (513) 721-ARTS.

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Program Dates:

October 15, 2016: Landscape Painting
November 19, 2016: Photography
December 17, 2016: Meet the Artists
January 21, 2017: Ceramics
February 18, 2017: Woodblock Printing
March 18, 2017: Sculpture
April 15, 2017: Furniture Design
May 20, 2017: Portraits

Third Fridays, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

This 30-minute experience introduces you and your infant (ages 0–2) to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate their developing minds.
Strollers are not permitted so that you and your child can better experience the art together.

Reservations required. Reservations can be made online or by calling (513) 721-ARTS.

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Program Dates:

October 21, 2016: Black and White
November 18, 2016: Shiny Things
December 16, 2016: Texture
January 20, 2017: Bold Colors
February 17, 2017: Storytime
March 17, 2017: Black and White
April 21, 2017: Faces
May 19, 2017: Animals
June 16, 2017: Sound Makers
July 21, 2017: Big and Small
August 18, 2017: Touchables
September 15, 2017: Family

First Saturdays (September – May), 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Designed with the whole family in mind! Performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities are just the start of the fun for the whole family. There’s a different theme each month, so be sure to come to every one, and bring your best friends!

Reservations not required.

Family First Saturday is generously supported by The Duveneck Association and A Taste of Duveneck.

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Program Dates:

December 3, 2016: The Art of Storytelling
January 7, 2017: Fairy Tales in the Forest
February 4, 2017: Black History Month
March 4, 2017: Paper Party
April 1, 2017: Material World
May 6, 2017: Japanamania

Family ARTventures Tours Saturdays, 1 p.m.

Family ARTventures Art Stops Sundays, 3 p.m.

For everyone, every age!
Here’s the chance to interact with “touchable” art objects. These family-oriented tours and Art Stops actually allow you to do just that, and are led by our knowledgeable Cincinnati Art Museum docents, allowing families to get to know our collections hands-on.

Reservations not required

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The Hats Off Series started in 1994 at the Cincinnati Art Museum with original shows produced and presented by Madcap Puppets. Within a few years, the program in collaboration with the Museum proved so successful that Madcap Puppets began to premiere 3 to 4 productions each season at the museum before taking them out on national tour.

$8 for general public*
FREE for children under 1
*CAM Members (Family Level+) receive 4 free tickets per performance

Reservations recommended. Reservations can be made online or by calling (513) 721-ARTS. Tickets for the 2016-17 season will go on sale October 1, 2016.

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Program Dates

Shows are offered at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. on the dates listed below:

November 19 & 20: Monkey See, Monkey Do
January 14 & 15: Jumping over the Moon - A Puppet Musical
March 4 & 5: Carnival of Animals

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed story books, songs, and sensory activities. This 30 minute program will get your little one excited about art in a fun and interactive way.

Registration not required.

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The Cincinnati Art Museum offers week-long Summer Camps! Kids can delve into art with eight individually themed weeks of classes packed with exciting art projects, gallery games, and fun! Your child will discover all aspects of visual art in specially themed weeks designed for children ages 6-8 or 9-12.

Visit our Summer Camp Page for more info.

Last Wednesdays (September – May), 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Your preschooler will learn about their local community through sensory play this Wee Wednesday. You and your toddler will wander through the galleries to find interactive art stops, as well as an art making activity.
This “Open house” program is recommended for preschoolers (ages 5 and under) accompanied by an adult.
We’re sorry, but we are unable to accommodate school groups for this program.

Reservations not required.

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Program Dates:

October 26, 2016: Experimental Play
November 30, 2016: Into the Woods
December 28, 2016: Meet the Artists
January 25, 2017: Glass, Wood and Ceramics
February 22, 2017: Old and New
March 29, 2017: Colonial Kids
April 26, 2017: Recycled Materials
May 31, 2017: Cincinnati Wing


See Play Learn Kits –a gallery activity tote designed to encourage creative discussion and learning in the galleries of the Cincinnati Art Museum! See Play Learn Kits can be checked out from the Visitor Services Desk.

Objectives of the See Play Learn Kits

  • Promote an active learning experience for kids and their families in the museum
  • Encourage creative interactions between family members
  • Helps families “slow down” in the museum and have meaningful experiences with works of art
  • Provide a positive museum experience that will encourage future visits
  • Make the galleries more accessible to kids
  • Different elements in kits to encourage families to check out kits on multiple visits

What ARE the See Play Learn Kits?

  • Clear tote bags that contain hands on activities and critical thinking tools.
  • Families can check them out from the front desk (or the REC) to use during their visit. ONE KIT PER FAMILY –there are enough activities in one kit for an entire family to utilize. Please do not mix and match items.
  • Elements of the See Play Learn Kits will remain the same –other elements will be updated monthly and/or yearly.
  • Kits are designed to be able to be used in any gallery –or in special exhibitions. Most activities do not relate to specific works of art.
  • Kits are all slightly different (different question flashcards, different books, different puzzles).
  • Each child gets a sketchbook (to take home) when they check out a See Play Learn Kit. Sketchbooks are located in a bin at the desk. ONLY the sketchbook can be taken home.
  • See Play Learn Kits cannot leave the building.
  • When returning the SPL Kit, please do a quick visual assessment to make sure nothing is missing or damaged.
  • If something needs to be fixed in the kit, please let a Visitor Services Associate know.
  • Kits will not be handed out during Wee Wednesdays and Family First Saturdays.

What is inside of a See Play Learn Kit?

  • Family friendly map & instruction sheet
  • Key ring of 15 flashcards with critical thinking questions
  • Branded pencil bag containing pencils, pencil sharpener and erasers
  • One puppet
  • Zippered pouch containing looking tools –prism viewer, color paddles, binoculars
  • Magnetic puzzle of artwork in permanent collection
  • Two children’s books about art
  • Soft story cube
  • Wooden Drawing Manikin

Family First Saturday is presented with the support of A Taste of Duveneck