Family Sundays at the St. Louis Art Museum

Photo by Deborah O'Brien

St. Louis has many great attractions and events for families. The St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, Magic House and many other top attractions offer plenty of fun for children. Another option you may not have considered before is the St. Louis Art Museum. The museum hosts free Family Sundays every week featuring an afternoon filled with kid-friendly activities.

When and Where:

Family Sundays are held every week in the museum's Sculpture Hall on the Main Level from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning at 1 p.m., children can get creative with a variety of hands-on art projects. At 2:30 p.m., there is a 30 minute, family-friendly tour of some of the museum's galleries. At 3 p.m., storytellers, musicians, dancers or other performers entertain the crowd. Family Sundays are fine for children of all ages, but many of the activities are geared more toward younger children and those in elementary school.

Monthly Themes:

Each month, the museum selects a different theme for Family Sundays. The themes often coordinate with major events, seasonal celebrations or special exhibits. For example, February may focus on African and African-American art in honor of Black History Month. December might focus on holiday celebrations like Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. There is always something different each week, so children (and parents) can go repeatedly and still enjoy learning or trying something new.

Also for the Kids:

If you don't mind spending a little money, the St. Louis Art Museum also offers some interesting classes for kids. The Family Workshops are held on the first Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The workshops include an art project and a tour of the galleries. Workshops are divided into age groups for younger and older kids. The cost is $10 a person and pre-registration is required to attend.

For more information on Family Workshops and the current schedule of Family Sunday events, check out the St. Louis Art Museum website.

More About the Musuem:

As you might imagine, the St. Louis Art Museum is also a good place to go without the kids. The museum draws art lovers from across the country and the world. It has more than 30,000 works of art, including the world's largest collection of paintings by German artist Max Beckmann. Famous works by masters like Monet, Degas and Picasso also hang in its galleries, and there is a large collection of Eqyptian art and artifacts on display. General admission to the St. Louis Art Museum is always free. Admission to special exhibits is also free on Fridays.