Get ready to go on an adventure with the whole family and explore the art and imagination behind Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author Brian Selznick. Families will create art projects inspired by Selznick’s illustrations and stories as well as enjoy an entertaining magic show. Selznick will give a talk and Q&A followed by a book signing.
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art Stations
Fusco Hall & East Court
Create works of art inspired by Brian Selznick’s illustration with a variety of media and techniques.
11:15 a.m. – Magic Show
Enjoy an entertaining and engaging magic show by Peter Pitchford of Magic by Manipulation.
12:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Brian Selznick
Brian Selznick will talk about his career and the making of his book The Invention of Hugo Cabret and book-inspired film, Hugo followed by Q & A’s.
12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. – From Houdini to Hugo Family Tour
Explore the art and imagination of Brian Selznick on this family-friendly tour of From Houdini to Hugo.
1:30 p.m. – Brian Selznick Book Signing & Mingling Magic
Meet Brian Selznick, get your favorite book signed, and participate in mingling magic with Peter Pitchford.
Explore Elliott Erwitt’s beautiful and funny photographs of canines with dog-themed art activities, story readings, and a gallery scavenger hunt. Families will also enjoy Blue Sky Puppet Theatre’s puppet show The Barker of Seville—a musical comedy about a day in the life of an opera singer.
Learn more about the exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs.
Schedule of Events
Noon – 3:30 p.m. Canine-inspired Art Activities (East Court)
12:30 p.m. Story Reading: Go Dog Go! by P.B. Eastman (Kids’ Corner)
1:00 p.m. The Barker of Seville by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre (DuPont Auditorium)
2:00 p.m. Gallery Scavenger Hunt (Gallery 10)
2:30 p.m. Story Reading: Art Dog by Thachur Hurd (Kids’ Corner)
** This is an indoor event and dogs will not be allowed in the Museum. Dogs are always welcome in the Copeland Sculpture Garden!**
Families are invited to explore the photography exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs and enjoy a screening of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians (1961). This family film includes popcorn and an art activity for kids. Food and beverages available for purchase in the Thronson Café.
Families are invited to enjoy an art project, complimentary popcorn, and a family-friendly film inspired by the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Additional food and beverage available for purchase in the Thronson Café. Recommended for ages 8+.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Art activity
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992; 85 min)
Join us for a family-friendly celebration of Latino art and culture! Families are invited to build a collaborative ofrenda (offering), make art that tells their family’s story, watch performances by visiting artists, and take a mini family tour of the exhibition Our America. Music and dance performances of Mexico Beyond Mariachi will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Día de la Familia Nuestra América
Sábado 9 de abril | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
¡Únase a nosotros para una celebración familiar del arte y la cultura latina! Las familias están invitadas a elaborar una ofrenda de colaboración, hacer arte que cuente la historia de su familia, ver las actuaciones de los artistas visitantes y realizar una mini visita familiar de la exposición Nuestra América. Gratis.
The Volta family, our Family-in-Residence, is installing Kaleidoscope Cove in Kids’ Corner now through the end of April and families are invited to participate in the creation process! Kaleidoscope Cove is an interactive installation that explores Howard Pyle’s work through a kaleidoscopic lens. The temporary installation will feature a cascading paper garland waterfall and curtain of paper gold coins, a kid-sized geometric cove, and details of Pyle’s work patterned on the walls. Drop-in on select Saturdays in April for a series of Family Workshops and contribute to this interactive work of art! Free.
April 23: Polyhedron Gems and Jewels
Join us for a grand opening of Kaleidoscope Cove, an interactive installation designed by our Family-in-Residence, the Voltas! Kaleidoscope Cove explores Howard Pyle’s work through a kaleidoscopic lens. The temporary installation features a cascading paper garland waterfall and curtain of paper gold coins, a kid-sized geometric cove, and details of Pyle’s work patterned on the walls. Drop-in on May 7 to meet the artists, make kaleidoscopes, and explore the space!
Refreshments will be served. Registration required.