The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce its new collection of Art Packs, now available for children to reserve and check out through the Sacramento Public Library system. Each backpack includes a suite of art-based activities designed to engage children age 0-5 in creative play at home and at the Museum.

Developed through a partnership between the Crocker, First 5 Sacramento, and the Sacramento Public Library, each Art Pack contains books, music, toys, and activities the whole family can use to make learning an adventure, as they explore their child’s imagination and creativity together.

The process is simple:

1. Check out your free Art Pack at, just like you would reserve and check out a book.

2. Choose from one of the four themed Packs:

  • You, Me, Family and Tu, Yo, y Familia
  • Tasty Textures and Texturas Deliciosas
  • The Color Garden
  • Singing Shapes

3. Explore colors, shapes, and patterns with hands-on, play-based activities that can be done at home, or at the child's pace.

4. Bring the Art Pack or your library checkout receipt to the Crocker for FREE admission. There, you can explore the galleries and see a real painting or work of art highlighted inside the Art Pack.

Each Art Pack contains engaging activities that relate to a work of art—and its artist—featured in the Museum’s permanent collection. The activities focus on school readiness for preschoolers, curating age-appropriate activities that foster visual literacy as well as social and emotional development.

“All of our early childhood programs in the Museum are based on these core values,” says Crocker Early Childhood Educator Raedle Alburn. “The Museum is definitely a place for kids. We love seeing families of all types and backgrounds accessing the Museum with the free passes, and learning as they explore together.”

As the Art Packs enable children to explore creative expression at an early age, they also offer parents an engaging alternative to computer and TV screens.

“We hear from many caregivers who are looking for ways to pique their younger children’s’ curiosity and connect with them more deeply,” says another Crocker early childhood educator, Michelle Steen. “The Art Pack experience allows the caregiver to become the child’s first art teacher, which is a truly powerful experience.”

Press photos and Art Packs program flyers (available in both English and Spanish) are available for download here.

The Crocker Art Museum features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of European master drawings and international ceramics. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art and holds permanent collections of Californian, European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art, works on paper, ceramics, and photography. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to augment its collections, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, children’s activities, and more. The Museum has also dedicated the historic building’s entire first floor as an education center, which includes four classrooms, space for student and community exhibitions, the Gerald Hansen Library, and Tot Land. More information about exhibits and programs at or (916) 808-7000. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Thursdays, 10 AM – 9 PM. The Museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Western Health Advantage.