Kids

Think of the Crocker as a place for children to learn, play, and grow. For more information about programs for kids and families, contact Sara Gorrell, education and community associate, at (916) 808-1182.

Think of the Crocker as a place for children to learn, play, and grow. Through our All About Families Initiative, the Crocker expands educational opportunities for children of all ages and gives families a place to make memories. The Crocker’s art- and object-based programs offer tiered educational experiences that permeate the entire Museum. Major components include weekly and monthly early childhood programs, a storybook gallery adventure and interactive space for young children, parent education series, drop-in programs for families with school-age children, a lending library of children's books, family-focused gallery tours, free family festivals, and early childhood Art Packs that can be checked out from the Sacramento Public Library.

Here is a taste of what families can experience at the Museum. For program dates, and times, please click on our events calendar. Many programs are free for members and free with general admission for nonmembers. General admission is free for children 5 and younger.

Programs for babies and children

Fourth Fridays

JULY 26 & AUGUST 23, 10 AM –12 PM
FREE FOR MEMBERS
FREE WITH ADMISSION FOR NONMEMBERS

Families are invited to chill out at the Crocker with lively performances, social experiences, art-making for children 3-12.

Fourth Friday: Nature Colors
JULY 26, 10 AM – 12 PM

Chiura Obata’s paintings are filled with colors and themes from nature and are the inspiration for nature-themed live performances, art-making, play, and exploration for the whole family.

Fourth Friday: Animal Colors
AUGUST 23, 10 AM – 12 PM

Vibrant and hidden animals in the Crocker’s permanent collection prompt creature-themed live performances, art-making, play, and exploration for the whole family.

Weekday Create

EVERY WEDNESDAY JUNE-AUGUST, 10 – 11:30 AM
FREE FOR MEMBERS (DROP IN)
FREE WITH ADMISSION FOR NONMEMBERS
DESIGNED FOR CHILDREN AGES 3 – 12 AND THEIR GROWNUPS

Children and their grownups are invited to build their creative confidence at the Museum every Wednesday this summer. Each week, participants take inspiration from an object in the Crocker’s collection to create their own artwork using materials provided. Throughout the summer, explore a variety of art, techniques, and mediums, such as paper collage, mixed media, and watercolor!

Baby Loves Art

3RD TUESDAYS, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
FREE FOR MEMBERS
FREE WITH ADMISSION FOR NONMEMBERS

Baby Loves Art engages babies (up to 18 months old) in a visually stimulating gallery walk and playtime and gives parents and caregivers a fun opportunity to connect with their babies and each other. All baby noises are expected and welcome. For the best art view, front carriers are recommended. Strollers are allowed, but please no backpacks. Meet at the admission desk; no advance registration required.

Baby Loves Art: Colors!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 10:30 AM – 12 PM
FREE FOR MEMBERS
FREE WITH ADMISSION FOR NONMEMBERS

Bring your baby to this special edition of Baby Loves Art inspired by the bold colors in Big Ideas: Richard Jackson’s Alleged Paintings, and have fun discovering bright colors and exploring new ways for baby to interact with art and their caregivers. Musical engagement, happy songs, and playtime add to the fun. All baby noises are expected and welcome. For the best art view, front carriers are recommended. Strollers are allowed, but please no back carriers. Meet at the admission desk; no advance registration required.

Sketch It

4TH SUNDAYS
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (DROP IN)
FREE FOR MEMBERS
FREE WITH ADMISSION FOR NONMEMBERS

Visitors ages 5 and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided.

Art on the Spectrum

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 9 – 11 AM
FREE FOR CHILDREN AGES 3 AND UP AND FAMILIES
(ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disorders and their caregivers are invited to a special morning of artistic exploration. Starting before public hours, participate in art activities, gallery experiences, and music therapy. Structured support, drop-in programs, social narratives, noise-cancelling headphones, and a quiet space with sensory toys all make this a wonderful and easy-going morning. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. Presented in collaboration with the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Access Committee, UC Davis MIND Institute, Warm Line Family Resource Center, and Sacramento Autism Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance.

Kids & Co. Gallery Adventure
1ST & 3RD SUNDAYS, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
FREE FOR MEMBERS
FREE WITH ADMISSION FOR NONMEMBERS

Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages 5 and older (and the adults who tag along with them) in a fun and playful manner.

Story Trail
ALWAYS AVAILABLE AT ADMISSION DESK

The Crocker’s Story Trail is a delightful way for young children and adults to visit the Museum and talk about art. Pick up the original storybook, Birdy’s Museum Adventure in English or Spanish, or the interactive quilt Birdy & Kid Play Hide & Seek, for a wonderful gallery adventure.

Art Spots
ALWAYS AVAILABLE

If you have children 5 and under, Tot Land and Art Spotsare fun spaces designed for little ones and you!


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Jazz Night

World-renowned trombonist, composer, arranger, and producer Wayne Wallace rocks the stage with his Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz Quartet.

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Movies Off the Wall: Lady Bird

Go West with a series of films inspired by the Crocker’s three summer exhibitions.

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