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

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 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.

The Crocker Art Museum is committed to reducing barriers and increasing accessibility to the Museum and art experiences. The Art Access initiative provides programs and services to help ensure art is available to everyone. Funding for these programs is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.1-45215-600-63


Artful Tot
10:30 AM – 12 PM (DROP IN)
SECOND CONSECUTIVE FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS
CHILDREN 19 – 36 MONTHS OLD WITH CAREGIVERS
$8 MEMBERS • $16 NONMEMBERS (INCLUDES ONE CHILD + ONE ADULT)

Every month, toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive any time during the program period. Please dress for mess.


Wee Wednesday
EVERY WEDNESDAY, 10:30 & 11 AM
FREE FOR MEMBERS
FREE WITH ADMISSION FOR NONMEMBERS

Bring your preschooler and yourself to this fun story time and gallery adventure for children ages 3 to 5. Each week children engage with different artworks through a hands-on experience that encourages visual literacy, social-emotional skills, and museum familiarity. The experience begins in Tot Land with groups leaving at 10:30 and 11 AM.

On October 31 there will be no Wee Wednesday program. Join us for Wee Halloween.


Wee Halloween
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
TOURS DEPART 10 AM – 11 AM
(TIMED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
$12 MEMBERS (ADULT OR CHILD), $18 NONMEMBERS (ADULT OR CHILD)

A wonderful annual tradition, Wee Halloween invites costumed kiddos 3 to 5 years oldand their grownups to take a delightful stroll through the Museum and encounter enchanting music and dance performances from some of the city’s favorite entertainers. At each stop, children receive a small gift for their creatively decorated treat bag. The magical tour ends with sweet treats and a silly dance party. This program sells out every year, and registration is required. Siblings under 18 months are welcome to tag along for free (treat bag not included).


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.


Sketch It LIVE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (DROP IN)
FREE FOR MEMBERS
FREE WITH ADMISSION FOR NONMEMBERS

Inspired by the exhibition American Beauty and Bounty and 19th-century colonial American clothing, costumed models will bring the artwork to life in the galleries. Visitors ages 5 and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided.


Art on the Spectrum
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 9 AM –11:00 AM
FREE FOR CHILDREN AGES 3 – 12 AND CAREGIVERS WITH ADVANCED REGISTRATION

Children on the autism spectrum and their caregivers are invited to a special morning of artistic exploration. Starting before public hours, children will have a chance to participate in art activities, gallery experiences, and music therapy, all at their own pace. Structured support, social narratives, and noise-cancelling headphones will be available for check out, and a quiet space with sensory toys will be provided. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. Presented in collaboration with the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Access Committee, the UC Davis MIND Institute, Warm Line Family Resource Center, and Sacramento Autism Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance.

The Crocker Art Museum is committed to reducing barriers and increasing accessibility to the Museum and art experiences. The Art Access initiative provides programs and services to help ensure art is available to everyone. Funding for these programs is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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.


Noon Year’s Eve Family Festival
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 10 AM – 2 PM
FREE FOR EVERYONE

This year, we’re kicking Noon Year’s up a notch. The Museum will be decked-out in purple, and we want you to do the same. One of Sacramento’s best annual events, families are invited to count down the New Year at noon at this free and fun celebration. With live music from around the world,dance performances, festive art activities, and surprises throughout the Museum, this is one New Year’s celebration everyone can stay awake for.


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 book and interactive quilt Birdy & Kid Play Hide & Seek, for wonderful gallery adventures.


Tot Land
Created by Bay Area artist Martin Webb, this installation is inspired by the Museum’s own “Spirit Canoe”, an all-new Tot Land installation offers a world of exploration for children from infancy to age 5 and their caregivers. Children will be swept up in their own playful ideas as they explore a boat, engage with stories, and use their imaginations to transform into human and animal characters.


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