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About family programs

​​​Discover the world of art and spark you and your little one’s imaginations. Explore the galleries, create your own masterpieces, learn through movement, and watch artists at work! With three locations, there are plenty of adventures to be had with your family at SAM.



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Family & Community Festivals

Community Night Out is a free festive art celebration that takes place in the evening with activities and performances that appeal to a wide range of age groups, like dance workshops, performance art, My Favorite Things tours of the galleries, music demos, all-night art-making activities, a video response booth, DJs, and much more.

Family & Community Festivals

Free Family Festivals Presented by PNC Bank include live music and shadow puppetry, face painting, music demos and workshops, dance lessons, and more. Get inspired on a family-friendly tour of the galleries; then participate in several different daylong art-making activities that connect to major themes in SAM’s current exhibitions

Free Family Festivals Presented by
PNC Bank


Family Fun Storytime

This program is currently on hiatus due to current COVID-related restrictions. We hope to offer it again as soon as we are able.

Go on a storybook adventure through the galleries! This two-hour program pairs children's books with works of art to spark your creativity and imagination.

Start with a trip to the galleries to read and explore, then create your own works of art as you dance along with paintings, enjoy colorful and creative tales, sculpt inspiring animals, and make musical instruments.

This program is designed for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers.​


Family Fun Workshops

Introduce your family to a variety of cultures and artistic traditions during a Family Fun Workshop. This art experience is designed to engage both kids and adults in learning and creating together.

Every workshop begins by exploring a work of art in SAM’s collection. With the guidance of a teaching artist and plenty of art-making materials provided, imaginations can run wild as you create a masterpiece inspired by your art adventure.

Workshoppers have created portraits of important women in their lives, wearable art inspired by contemporary Japanese fashion, gold pendants, abstract dot paintings inspired by Australian Aboriginal art, and puppets!

Workshops are designed for specific age groups to provide an experience tailored to the needs of Tiny Tots (ages 3–6) and Young Artists (ages 6–10).

Family Fun Workshops Presented by
PNC Bank

Support for Family Fun Workshops provided by
The Thanksgiving Foundation.

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FREE FIRST SATURDAYS Presented by pnc bank

Free First Saturday

We are currently offering a limited number of Free First Saturday programs virtually. In-person occurrences of this program are on hiatus due to current COVID-related restrictions. We hope to host this program on site as soon as we are able!

Create art that connects with cultures from around the world inspired by SAM's Asian art collection. Each Free First Saturday has an exciting new theme and a variety of activities that include drop-in art making, performances, or story time in the galleries.

These events are designed for kids ages 3–12 and their parents or guardians and are free and open to the public.

Free First Saturday

At Free First Saturdays, families create works of art inspired by the materials they see in the galleries. Join us in making wearable accessories, graceful paintings, and artwork that is both fun and functional.

First Free Saturday

Every fall, be on the lookout for a very special Diwali-themed Free First Saturday, featuring henna and a fashion show presented by SAM Partner Junior Asha.

Every February, celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with activities focused on the New Year’s zodiac animal. 

Free First Saturdays Presented by
PNC Bank


SAM Camp

JUL 11 – 29 2022
8:30 AM – 3 PM

DROP OFF: 8:30 – 9:30 AM
PICK UP: 3 – 3:30 PM
EXTENDED CARE: 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Make art and new friends during SAM Camp at the Seattle Asian Art Museum! Led by local arts educators and inspired by artwork, each week is a new adventure. Join us Monday–Friday from 8:30 am–3 pm. Afternoon extended care is available until 5:30 pm every day.

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Family spaces at all our locations are currently closed to the public due to current COVID-related restrictions. We hope to welcome you back to our spaces as soon as we are able.

Chase Open Studio

​Seattle Art MuseumChase Open Studio

​On your way to the Chase Open Studio, climb the steps past Chinese marble soldiers and see the original Sammy the Camel from the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, now in his new home downtown. In the Open Studio, find everything you need to create your own piece of art inspired by major themes in Seattle Art Museum’s current special exhibition. Use the self-guided art-making activity to get started, then let your imagination soar.

Chase Open Studio is located along the grand staircase between the 1st Avenue and University Street entrance and 2nd Avenue.

Free and open to the public!

The Ann P. Wyckoff Education Resource Center

​Seattle Art MuseumEducation Resource Center

​We have resources to support engaging art experiences for your family in our new Education Resource Center. Connect to art and world cultures in children’s book reading area or check out one of our new Family Fun Gallery Resources.

Located up the stairs from the Chase Open Studio near Second Avenue.

Free and open to the public!
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Knudsen Family Room

Seattle Art MuseumKnudsen Family Room

Tucked away in the third floor galleries, the Knudsen Family Room is a perfect spot for rest and play. Discover a new book, find your rhythm and jam on a drum, or channel your inner architect with blocks​. Head back into the galleries energized for more fresh art encounters.

Knudsen Family Room is located in the South Building on the third floor and is accessible to everyone who visits the galleries.

Family Play Area

Olympic Sculpture ParkFamily Play Area at Olympic Sculpture Park

Take a break from the sun (or rain), and come play in the PACCAR Pavilion. Relax in a beanbag chair, read a new book, do a puzzle, or create your own masterpiece. Leave ready to take in more monumental sculpture on another walk through the park.

The play area is located in the PACCAR Pavilion at the NE corner of the park.

Free and open to the public! ​​

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