Family Activities

The IMA offers a host of programs and experiences for families year round. From gallery games, tours, drop-in art activities, classes and workshops to special events — together, adults and children can build an appreciation for art and nature that can last a lifetime.

Things to do at the IMA

  • Need some help choosing what to do? Ask for a Search and Find or a Family Guide from Guest Services desk.
  • Hunt for colors, shapes, or farm animals with young children.
  • Challenge older kids to a quick look at an object before recalling what they saw.
  • Talk about what you see. Explore the galleries on a Family Tour and get an up close look at objects on a Hold It! hands-on cart on the first Saturday of each month.
  • Visit the African Activity Art Space on Floor 3 in the African Art Galleries for interactive activities for families and adults.
  • Be inspired in the Star Studio — a free, interactive space, for families to imagine, explore, create, share, and collaborate with art in new ways. Activities in Star Studio are self-guided. Work with a Teaching Artist on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 4 pm during Make & Take Studio.

Download Our Summer Family Guide

Art Packs

Get into shape with IMA Art Packs! Move through the Museum to look for ways artists have used shapes in works of art. Exercise your imagination while drawing, reading a story, or working a puzzle in the galleries. Art Packs are designed for families with children ages 4 and up, but all are welcome to give them a try. Pick up your Art Pack at the Information Desk, near the Davis Lab, on Floor 2.

The IMA would like to thank those who supported Art Packs through power2give.org, an initiative of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. A special thanks to Maureen Donahue, Suzanne Jannetta, and Kathleen Ravestein.

Drop-In Activities

Exercise your family’s creativity with art making and other drop-in activities. Activities are available in the Star Studio on Floor 2 and in the African Art Activity Space on Floor 3 during regular museum hours.

Classes & Camps

Share art-making experiences as a family in the Star Studio, on the grounds, galleries, or in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. Studio classes require registration and include a program fee.

Spend an adventurous week painting, sculpting, designing, and much more at the IMA! Summer Camps are available for children ages 4 through 13.

Family Tours

Discover more with your family on an expert-led tour through the IMA’s collection. Family Tours are 30 minutes and for children of all ages. Family Tours are the first Saturday of each month (except Aug 6 & Oct 1, 2016 (when Family Day activities will be outside) and Nov 5, 2016 (day of Monumental Marathon)) at 12 pm and 12:45 pm.

Hold It! Carts

Hold it! is a hands-on experience for visitors of all ages. Discover carts filled with objects everyone can hold and see up close. Currently, there are three cart experiences. The African and Asian carts both contain objects representative of those found in the IMA's permanent collection. Hold It! Carts are the first Saturday of each month (except July 2 and November 5, 2016).

Upcoming Family Activities

Taxonomy Term

wee Wednesdays
Family Activities
Every Wednesday / 11 am - noon
Star Studio
Public Ticket $8, Member Ticket $5, Grown-up/Children under one Included with admission
Hold It!
Family Activities
First Saturday of each month | 12:30 - 3 pm
Check in at the Welcome Desk on Floor 1
Included with admission
Cereal Cinema
Special Event
Saturday, October 1 / 10-11:30 am
DeBoest Lecture Hall
Family Tours
Public Tour
First Saturday of each month at noon and 12:45 pm
Included with admission
Family Day: Harvest Festival
Special Event
Saturday, October 1 / 1-5 pm
Internet Cat Video Festival
Film
November 17 & 18 at 7 pm; November 19 at 6 pm
The Toby
Mobile Studio for Kids Ages 8-12: Do a Little Dance
Class
Saturday, December 10 / 1-3 pm
Winter Solstice
Special Event
Thursday, December 22 / 5-8:30 pm
Art and Nature Kindergarten-First Grade: Homeschool Program
Class
Fall Program: September & October, 10 am - noon (SOLD OUT) / Spring Program: February & March, 10 am - noon (Tickets available)