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

All Aboard! Free Family Festival
SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 10 AM – 2 PM
FREE FOR EVERYONE

Join with the community as Sacramento celebrates the Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary with live music and dance performances, storytelling, and hands-on activities that honor the people and cultures who helped build and shape the West we live in today. This special event will open the exhibition The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West.

Fourth Fridays
JUNE 28, 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: Circus Colors
JUNE 28, 10 AM – 12 PM

The bright colors in Big Ideas: Richard Jackson’s Alleged Paintings are the catalyst behind circus-themed live performances, art-making, play, and exploration for the whole family.

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.

Rainbow Families Pre-Parade Party
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 9:30-10:30 AM, CROCKER PARK
FREE FOR EVERYONE

All families are invited to “rainbow up” for the Sacramento Pride Parade, which kicks off at nearby Southside Park 11 AM. Streamers, crowns, face paints, and more will be available to decorate babies, kids, mamas, papas, allies, and friends — not to mention strollers, bikes, and wagons. Light refreshments are provided to help fuel the fun. Walk in the parade with Crocker friends and staff, or just be a colorful spectator! Presented in partnership with Sacramento Rainbow Families. For more information on the Pride Parade, visit sacramentopride.org.

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!

Art of Parenting: Allegedly Inappropriate Behavior by Children (and adults)
SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2 – 4 PM
FREE WITH ADVANCE REGISTRATION

Kids can say the darndest things. So how should adults respond when a child's natural curiosity and observations sound inappropriate? And how should we model open-mindedness? Expert panelists and museum educators will explore these questions and others in a relaxed and interactive discussion with parents and care providers. The program will conclude with an exhibition tour that will provide support to families as they explore art with unexpected subject matter together.

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.

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

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 and Artful Tot will take a break for June, July and August. Join us instead for Weekday Create, Fourth Fridays, and All Aboard! FREE Community Festival.

Wee Wednesday
EVERY WEDNESDAY, 10:30 & 11 AM IN MAY*
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.

*Wee Wednesday and Artful Tot will take a break for June, July and August. Join us instead for Weekday Create, Fourth Fridays, and All Aboard! FREE Community Festival.

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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