The Crocker invites families to think of the Museum as a place to learn, play, and grow.
The Crocker Art Museum is proud to serve the community as a welcoming destination for families with young children.
Through our Early Childhood Initiative, our team of professional art educators offer specialized programs such as Baby Loves Art, Artful Tot, and Wee Wednesday, with structured activities that engage children 5 and younger in ways that spark communication, creativity, and self-expression.
An essential destination for homeschoolers throughout the region, the Museum hosts tours and art-based programs designed specifically for children who are learning at home. The Crocker is also committed to serving children on the autism spectrum and their families through free and low-cost programs, many of which are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
All families are welcome
In addition to the dozens of education programs available for children and caregivers each month, the Museum's galleries are made friendly and simple to navigate through our Family Adventure Guide (available in English and Spanish) and gallery-based Stay and Play activities. Story Trail is a delightful way for adults with young children to visit the Museum and talk about art. At the Museum admission desk, visitors can pick up Birdy’s Museum Adventure (also in English or Spanish) for a wonderful gallery journey.
Art you can touch
In the engaging environment of Tot Land, creativity is encouraged while children build school readiness skills. Tot Land provides opportunities for creative play, sensory exploration, art making, and literacy development. Additionally, Art Spots throughout the Museum offer early learners opportunities to be surprised, engaged, and enchanted by interactive installations created especially for them.
Easy for caregivers
Trips to the Museum are made easy with a number of resources for caregivers, including nearby parking, a children’s menu in Crocker Café, changing stations in most restrooms, helpful staff, and a host of regularly occurring programs for early learners.
A full calendar of children's programs and events can be found HERE.
Tips and resources for visiting families, including social narratives about visiting the Museum for children on the autism spectrum, can be found HERE.