Dallas Museum of Art Offers Many Programs for Kids This Summer

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Admission for Children Under 12 Always Free

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We like to say, ‘get out of the heat and into the art,’ and this summer both children and parents can enjoy time as a family creating art, discovering the DMA’s collection, interacting with our family mascot, Arturo, … and many other ‘cool’ activities.

The Dallas Museum of Art invites families to spend the summer at the DMA with a wide variety of programs for everyone to enjoy. Every year the DMA hosts more than 700 programs for children, and the summer is full of activities for visitors of all ages.

“We like to say, ‘get out of the heat and into the art,’ and this summer both children and parents can enjoy time as a family creating art, discovering the DMA’s collection, interacting with our family mascot, Arturo, on First Tuesdays and Late Nights, and many other ‘cool’ activities,” said Jill Bernstein, Interim Chief Marketing & Communications Officer.

Children under 12 always receive free admission to the DMA, but the First Tuesday of every month year round features free admission for all visitors, with family friendly activities scheduled throughout the day. Visitors can experience the DMA for half the price on Thursdays during the summer, and families can spend the afternoon participating in story time, interactive gallery tours, sketching in the galleries, and more. There are also a number of classes and workshops for ages 2 to 18 throughout the summer months, from Toddler Art to Teen Programs to Summer Art Camps.

Children can meet Arturo the parrot, the Dallas Museum of Art’s fun and friendly family mascot, whose inspiration comes from a Peruvian ceramic vessel in the DMA’s collection, during the Museum’s monthly Late Night. The third Friday of every month the Museum stays open until midnight and children can create art, read a story with Arturo, perfect their yoga moves, and much more. During the Late Night on Friday, July 15, families can celebrate the DMA’s special exhibition "Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection," and on Friday, August 19, spend the night exploring famous museum mysteries and maybe uncover some new information about works of art in the DMA’s collection.

But the fun doesn’t stop in the summer. Families can experience hundreds of programs throughout the year, including First Tuesdays, Late Nights, Toddler Art, Arturo’s Art & Me, [we]eekends, Family Workshops, and access programs for our visitors with special needs, such as visual impairment and autism. To find out about all of the family experiences offered at the Dallas Museum of Art, watch the new online video here.
For additional information on programs for children, please visit the Dallas Museum of Art’s website.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1903, the Museum welcomes approximately 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings, and dramatic and dance presentations.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, please visit http://www.DallasMuseumofArt.org.

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