Public Programs For Families

Family programs provide children and their adult companions the opportunity to connect while viewing and making art together. Each week we offer projects that encourage curiosity, experimentation and creative thinking through a variety of experiences and materials inspired by current artworks on view in the gallery space.

Story Tots
for Ages 3 - 5

Fridays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
at The Manes Center

Free for Members, $5 per child for Non-Members

Children and their adult companions investigate color, shape, form and texture with art activities based on a new story each week. Listen to story books read aloud and nurture creative expression while exploring various art materials and processes. Begin with Story Time followed by an art project.

Studio Saturdays


Open to all visitors
Free with museum admission

Drop into The Manes Education Center for hands-on activities inspired by our current exhibitions. Spend up to an hour exploring a range of materials, techniques, and themes before continuing out onto our lush grounds filled with trails, a sculpture park and gardens. 

Family Sundays

1:00 pm Family Tour in the Mansion
Drop in between 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at The Manes Center
Free for Members; Museum admission plus $3 materials fee per child for Non-Members

Converse, collaborate and create together during our Family Sundays. Each week explore new art materials, vocabulary and ideas in our studio with our museum educator. Family Sundays provide children and the adults in their lives the opportunity to take time from their busy lives to reconnect while talking about and making art together. New Projects are featured every week. All Family Sundays will draw inspiration from the current exhibition.

Enchanted Forest: A Super Family Sunday

Sunday, October 27
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at the Mansion
No reservations needed
$15 materials fee per family for Members; Museum admission plus $20 materials fee for Non-Members

Celebrate our 30 Years this October as the Museum’s forest transforms into a magical place full of inspiration. During our family-friendly Halloween celebration, come design a night sky mobile and use fall leaves, printmaking and special papers to create a layered collage inspired by the forest. Visit our animal friends from Volunteers for Wildlife and contribute to a community art project in our Outdoor Classroom. In addition to these activities, see the new PSE&G mobile energy lab with hands-on fun as we learn about how electricity works. Program will move indoors in case of rain. Reservations are not needed. 

Explore Our Art Workshops, Too

Maps to Download

Sculpture Map
Trail Map
Kids' Sculpture Adventure
Architecture Scavenger Hunt

Tips for Families

Our focus for tours is interactivity—helping visitors find personal and meaningful connections with works of art. Please discuss the following guidelines with your group before your visit, to ensure a positive experience.

Before You Visit

When you arrive at the Museum you have two choices of where to park to start your museum adventure.

Option 1: Park in the first lot on your left as you drive up, this is our Manes Center (it has a bright mural spray painted on it).

Option 2: Continue up the road and park in the large parking lot on your left, then follow the brick path up to the Saltzman building (it’s the large brick mansion).

Check out our programs for families so see if something special is available the day you visit.

On Saturdays, you can visit The Manes Center for Studio Saturdays between 11:00 and 3:00.

On Sundays, there is a family friendly tour of the artwork at 1:00 pm in the Saltzman building followed by Family Sunday artmaking in the Manes Center between 1:30 and 4:00. 

When You Arrive

Any day you visit the Museum, you can ask for a Family Guide at our front desk to help you explore our artwork.

A vending café with snacks is located on the first floor. This is the spot where you can have snacks and drinks, no food or drink is allowed in the galleries.

Bathrooms in the Saltzman building are on the first and second floors.

You can bring a pencil and sketchbook if you want to draw in the galleries, but please no other art materials are allowed. This helps to keep our artwork safe!

If you want to explore outside, try to find our sculptures – we have over 30, or take a trail map and explore our forest. 

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