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 6 and under.

For babies and tots

Baby Loves Art
Baby Loves Art engages babies 0-18 months 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.

Artful Tot
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.

Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based art experience for children ages 3 to 5. The adventure begins in Tot Land.

Sunday Playday
A monthly program for children ages 4 to 6 and their caregivers, Sunday Playday is a gallery-based art-making experience designed to support school readiness. Led by a Museum educator, children will participate in a fun make-and-take project using a variety of art materials, inspired by a different artwork each month.

Tot Land (always available)
Designed by artist Martin Webb and inspired by the Museum’s Spirit Canoe, Tot Land 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.

For older kids

Fourth Fridays
FRIDAYS MAY 25, JUNE 22, JULY 27, & AUGUST 24, 10:30 AM – 12 PM

During Sacramento’s long hot summer, families can chill out at the Crocker and explore art and art-making of all kinds throughout the Museum. Enjoy musical entertainment, gallery exploration and games, sensory play, and so much more. Each Friday will be different, and full of surprises. For a list of activities, visit one week before the event.

Sketch It
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 is necessary, and all supplies are provided.

Kids & Co. Gallery Adventure
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.

Art on the Spectrum
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 9 – 10:30 AM

Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to a special morning of artistic exploration. Starting before public hours, children can 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, as well as a quiet space with sensory toys. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required at, the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. Presented in collaboration with the Crocker Art Access Committee, New Songs School of Music, the UC Davis MIND Institute, Warm Line Family Resource Center, and the Sacramento Autism Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance.

Story Trail (always available)
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, or the book and interactive quilt Birdy & Kid Play Hide & Seek at the Museum admission desk, for a wonderful gallery adventure.

Rent the Crocker

Whether hosting your wedding or a corporate reception, the Crocker Art Museum is the perfect canvas for your special event. Our unique setting and exceptional service guarantees an unparalleled experience. Please contact the Events Department for more information.

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