Family & Children Programs

SMA Playdate

Another year of artful play is beginning at the Stark Museum of Art!

Join us each second Friday of the month (September – May) from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. for this FREE program featuring art-inspired play and art-making designed just for children 5 and under and their grown-ups.

Engage in hands-on learning opportunities, including, music, movement, imaginative play, storytelling, and art-making with an emphasis on building fine motor skills.

Each month’s playdate features a new art-inspired story and activity to help you and your child engage with art at the Stark Museum of Art.

Families are encouraged to dress for mess. While aprons are available for little artists, splashes, spills and splatters can happen.

Upcoming Programs

All program dates listed below will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m.:

  • September 8, 2023
  • October 13, 2023
  • November 10, 2023
  • December 8, 2023
  • January 12, 2024
  • February 9, 2024
  • March 8, 2024
  • April 12, 2024
  • May 10, 2024

CREATE! Workshops

CREATE! Workshops are recommended for ages 8 and up and are designed to be multi-generational, but please note that younger children may require additional assistance from their accompanying grown-up. We encourage family collaboration during these workshops. Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult registered for the workshop. Registrants will briefly discuss a selected collection item and then will appreciate art in a new way when they make their own art in the studio. Some CREATE! Workshop artwork must be fired in the kiln. Artwork will be available approximately three weeks after the class. Please check with your teaching artists to confirm your pick-up dates.

CREATE! Workshops have a small material fee per registrant, depending on the supplies used in the workshop. Space is limited to 20 people per session including children and adults – all attendees must register.


Spruce up a plain notebook cover and turn it into a masterpiece at the CREATE! Workshop: Collaged Notebook on May 4, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Collaging is like a crafty puzzle where you piece together many pieces of paper to create something uniquely yours. You will walk away with a personalized notebook that’ll jazz up your journaling or note-taking game. Everything you need is covered with a $5 material fee. CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and kids 7 and up.


Gallery Scavenger Hunts

Get ready for an adventure in art! Each Gallery Scavenger Hunt contains clues to help you find works of art in the galleries. They also feature questions to jump-start conversations about each artwork selected. Gallery Scavenger Hunts are appropriate for visitors of all ages. Don’t forget to pick up your Scavenger Hunt prize!

Art Quest @ Home

The Stark Museum of Art Education department has developed a series of web-based at-home art kits. These web-based Art Quest @ Home art kits will offer a project with supporting visual arts activities that participants complete at home with the virtual guidance of a Stark Museum of Art Educator. Art Quest @ Home art kits are designed to accommodate students entering 1st-6th grades with an interest in visual art.