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Please visit our Calendar for monthly topics and additional details. Reservations can be made online or by calling (513) 721-ARTS.

Family Programs

Presented by:

Bank of America

Join us on the first Saturday of each month for a fun-filled day for the whole family. In the morning from 10-12 come for preschool friendly activities and stay for a family performance after lunch at 1pm. Each month has a different theme, hands on component and performer.

Free to attend. No reservations required.

Upcoming Dates:

March 5, 2022

April 2, 2022

May 7, 2022

Third Saturdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to join us for this workshop led by a local artist. Learn about techniques and materials used by professional artists in these fun, educational and hands-on workshops. Children must be at least 6 years old to participate. Students under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult who is also enrolled in the class.

General Admission: $12, Art Museum Members: $6. Reservations Required.

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6:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m. (All Audiences)

Become a better artist with these weekly studio classes for students of all ages and abilities. Classes meet every Thursday night in the Rosenthal Education Center for a month and will build on traditional art-making techniques. Monthly registration only. Children must be at least 6 years old to participate. Students under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult who is also enrolled in the class.

Members: $40, General Public: $80. Reservations Required.

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11–11:40 a.m.
2–2:40 p.m.
3–3:40 p.m.

This program happens on the third Friday of each month and has three options available for families. This forty minute experience will introduce you and your infant (ages 0-2) to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate their developing minds. We will explain the positive effects of visual stimulation with masterpieces that will mesmerize the Art Museum’s youngest visitors. Visitors will meet in the Schmiddlapp Gallery, be lead on a guided tour, then will do a baby safe artmaking activity in the Rosenthal Education Center.  Strollers are not permitted so that you and your child can better experience the art together.

This program has a limited capacity to ensure social distancing in the galleries and the Rosenthal Education Center.

Free. Tickets Required. One ticket should be reserved per family (up to four people). Please do not reserve more than one timeslot in a day.

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We hope to restart this program in person soon, depending on future COVID-19 restrictions.

Family ARTventures Tours Saturdays, 2 p.m.

Family ARTventures Art Stops Sundays, 2 p.m.

For everyone, every age!
Here’s the chance to interact with “touchable” art objects. These family-oriented tours and Art Stops actually allow you to do just that, and are led by our knowledgeable Cincinnati Art Museum docents, allowing families to get to know our collections hands-on.

FREE. Reservations not required. 

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The Hats Off Series started in 1994 at the Cincinnati Art Museum with original shows produced and presented by Madcap Puppets. Within a few years, the program in collaboration with the Museum proved so successful that Madcap Puppets began to premiere 3 to 4 productions each season at the museum before taking them out on national tour. 

$10 for general public | FREE for children under 1 

CAM Members (Family Level+) receive 5 free tickets per performance. Reservations recommended. Reservations can be made online or by calling (513) 721-ARTS.

Please note: advanced registration for madcap is required and tickets will not be sold at the door.

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Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

We hope to restart this program in person soon, depending on future COVID-19 restrictions.

Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed story books, songs, and sensory activities. This 30 minute program will get your little one excited about art in a fun and interactive way.

FREE. Registration not required.

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The Cincinnati Art Museum is the place for summer fun and creativity. Jump into art with eight weeks of exciting projects, gallery games and more! Explore a different theme each week with activities taught by skilled educators and museum staff. Designed for children ages 6–12. Convenient before and after care available. More Info

*see. play. learn. kits are currently unavailable*

See Play Learn Kits –a gallery activity tote designed to encourage creative discussion and learning in the galleries of the Cincinnati Art Museum! See Play Learn Kits can be checked out from the Visitor Services Desk.

Objectives of the See Play Learn Kits

  • Promote an active learning experience for kids and their families in the museum
  • Encourage creative interactions between family members
  • Helps families “slow down” in the museum and have meaningful experiences with works of art
  • Provide a positive museum experience that will encourage future visits
  • Make the galleries more accessible to kids
  • Different elements in kits to encourage families to check out kits on multiple visits

What ARE the See Play Learn Kits?

  • Clear tote bags that contain hands on activities and critical thinking tools.
  • Families can check them out from the front desk (or the REC) to use during their visit. ONE KIT PER FAMILY –there are enough activities in one kit for an entire family to utilize. Please do not mix and match items.
  • Elements of the See Play Learn Kits will remain the same –other elements will be updated monthly and/or yearly.
  • Kits are designed to be able to be used in any gallery –or in special exhibitions. Most activities do not relate to specific works of art.
  • Kits are all slightly different (different question flashcards, different books, different puzzles).
  • Each child gets a sketchbook (to take home) when they check out a See Play Learn Kit. Sketchbooks are located in a bin at the desk. ONLY the sketchbook can be taken home.
  • See Play Learn Kits cannot leave the building.
  • When returning the SPL Kit, please do a quick visual assessment to make sure nothing is missing or damaged.
  • If something needs to be fixed in the kit, please let a Visitor Services Associate know.
  • Kits will not be handed out during Wee Wednesdays and Family First Saturdays.

What is inside of a See Play Learn Kit?

  • Family friendly map & instruction sheet
  • Key ring of 15 flashcards with critical thinking questions
  • Branded pencil bag containing pencils, pencil sharpener and erasers
  • One puppet
  • Zippered pouch containing looking tools –prism viewer, color paddles, binoculars
  • Magnetic puzzle of artwork in permanent collection
  • Two children’s books about art
  • Soft story cube
  • Wooden Drawing Manikin

The museum offers a wide range of gallery and art-making experiences. We encourage all homeschool educators and families to utilize these resources to create robust and comprehensive lesson plans for homeschool students.

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The museum offers a wide range of gallery and art-making experiences. We encourage Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to utilize these resources including our Scout Gallery Guides.

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Family programs at the Cincinnati Art Museum are supported by:

US Bank        Bank of America       Charles H. Dater Foundation


To reserve programs, please contact [email protected].

If you need accessibility accommodations for this program or event, please email [email protected]. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure accommodations can be made.