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
3rd Tuesdays (10:30 - 11:30 AM)
Ages 0-18 months
Free for members or with admission

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
2nd Consecutive Fridays & Saturdays (10:30 AM - 12 PM drop in)
Ages 19 - 36 months
$8 members / $16 nonmembers (includes 1 child + 1 adult; additional person 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
Every Wednesday (except holidays; 10 - 11:30 AM drop in)
Ages 3 - 12
Free for members and free with general 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.

Tot Land
Always free & available to all ages

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
All ages
Free for members or with admission

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
4th Sundays (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM drop in)
Ages 5 and older
Free for members or with admission

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
1st & 3rd Sundays (10:30 - 11:30 AM)
Ages 5 and older
Free for members or with admission

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 free and available to all ages

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 at the Museum admission desk, for a wonderful gallery adventure.

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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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Audio Muse: The Philharmonik and Sunmonks

Kicking off the fall season of Audio Muse, the Crocker is excited to announce a collaboration between Sacramento-based Sunmonks and The Philharmonik

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Views of America Film Series: Wendy and Lucy

We take inspiration from American Beauty and Bounty to offer four films that show diverse views of America.

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