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20 Art Places for Kids in the U.S.

20 Art Places for Kids in the U.S

Art is something both kids and adults can enjoy. Exposing children to art at any age is well worth it. They will love being creative and learning to use their imaginations to make something beautiful. The U.S. has so many places to facilitate a love of art in children. 


Here are 20+ art places for kids in the U.S. Check out the Gowhee App for even more kid-friendly locations, recommended by local and traveling parents.

1. Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art has lots of family-friendly activities including tote bags full of activities to use in the museum.

Key Information: FREE – food onsite – lots of accessible programs

Good To Know: The first and third Saturday of every month is Open Studio time.


2.The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Kids will delight in seeing scenes from their favorite picture books and discovering new favorites. 

Key Information: $9 admission – located in Amherst, MA – open Thursday-Sunday.

Good To Know: On Saturdays, the museum hosts bilingual storytime.

3.The SVAC in Vermont

The Southern Vermont Art Center offers some great interactive art exhibits. They also have an art room in the back of the museum for kids to get creative.

Key Information: Adults’ tickets are $10 and Free for kids 10 and under. – Wheelchairs and strollers are accessible – Food is onsite.

Good to know: The campus has a story walk trail for kids to enjoy some outdoors while reading some amazing children’s books.

>> Discover more places for kids in Vermont.

Svac museum art room.
Kids' art room in the SVAC museum, Vermont. Source: Gowhee App

4. The Handmakery in Carbondale

Stop by the Handmakery and let your kids have fun making masks, paintings, or other art projects. 

Key Information: Workshops start around $40 per session – located in Carbondale, CO – open studio time available

Good To Know: The Handmakery does great birthday parties!

>> Take a look at other locals’ favorite places for kids in the Gowhee App

5. Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has lots of fun for kids, like the Star Studio.

Key Information: $18 for adults and $10 for kids 6-17 – food onsite – all bathrooms have changing tables

Good To Know: Admission includes access to the Newfields campus and many outdoor places to play.


6. Frist Art Museum

The Frist is home to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, where kids can paint and explore other hands-on art experiences.

Key Information: FREE for guests under 18, adult admission is $15 – restrooms have nursing chairs – food onsite

Good To Know: Each exhibit has special art activities for kids, so check online for these before you go.

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7. The Met

The Met’s galleries are full of things kids will love. They have a website to make kids’ visits even better.

Key Information: $25 for adults, free for kids under 12 years – food onsite – stroller friendly

Good To Know: Ask for a kid-friendly family map at any of the information desks.

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8.Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The VMFA offers lots of special programs for kids, in addition to fun gallery tours.

Key Information: FREE admission – workshops are $25 – located in Richmond, VA

Good To Know: The museum’s Best Café has lots of kid-friendly and special diet options.



9.Small Hands Big Art 

At Small Hands Big Art, kids can learn ceramic techniques and make their own pottery.

Key Information: Classes start at $145 for a month of weekly classes – two locations, one in Charlotte, NC, and one in Fort Mill, NC – drop-off and parent/child classes are available

Good To Know: Small Hands Big Art does birthday parties, as well as traveling art programs at your location.

10.Brooklyn Children’s Museum ColorLab

At ColorLab, kids can explore print-making, collage, and sculpture projects. 

Key Information: Admission is $13 – stroller-friendly – all adults must be accompanied by a child

Good To Know: The museum is open for free every Thursday from 2 pm–5 pm. 


11. Easel Art Studio

At Easel Art Studio, kids can do drop-in studio art, classes, or even take home a kit to do art at home. 

Key Information: Classes start at $25 per session – located in Chicago, IL – no drop-off classes

Good To Know: The seasonal art boxes are a great way to have fun and get creative at home.

12.Port Discovery Children’s Museum BGE Studio Workshop

At the BGE Studio Workshop, kids can paint, sculpt, color, and create with all kinds of materials. There is even a rotating art exhibit that showcase children’s work.

Key Information: Admission is $19.95 – located in Baltimore, MD – changing tables in all bathrooms

Good To Know: They have some great amenities for kids with sensory sensitivities.

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13. Please Touch Museum Creative Arts Studio

The Please Touch Museum is all about creative play. This is a real children art museum and their art studio is open to kids to make all kinds of art.

Key Information: Admission is $22 – located in Philadelphia, PA – stroller-friendly

Good To Know: Finish up your art experience with an ice cream cone at the museum’s café!

14. Indianapolis Children’s Museum

From fun plays and workshops in the Lily Theatre to the daily sports art workshop, kids can create and be inspired at this museum.

Key Information: Tickets start at $25 for adults and $20 for kids – food onsite – is very stroller friendly

Good To Know: Most programs are free with admission but require advance registration.

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15. Art Institute of Chicago

This museum offers much for kids, including drop-in studio projects and family learning center spaces.

Key Information: FREE for kids under 14, regular admission is $25 – private nursing room – no food onsite right now (cafés are closed) 

Good To Know: The outdoor sculpture garden is a good place to have a snack or run off some energy.

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16. Supermud Pottery

Supermud is a wheel pottery studio where kids can learn all kinds of ceramic techniques.

Key Information: $25 per 3-hour slot – located in NYC – open to the public Tuesday-Sunday

Good To Know: They offer a 10-class pottery course for kids over 5.

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17. Purple Twig Los Angeles

Purple Twig is an art studio just for kids. With family classes and kid-only drop-off classes, their philosophy is that everyone can have fun with art. 

Key Information: Classes start at $30 per session – kids older than 4 can attend drop-off classes – open studio time available

Good To Know: You can book private workshop time for you and the whole crew!


18. Children’s Creativity Museum

Kids can explore all kinds of art in this museum dedicated to creativity.

Key Information: Admission is $15/$20 on the weekends – located in San Francisco, CA – plan for several hours

Good To Know: Don’t miss the beautiful carousel.

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19. Chicago Children’s Museum

The Chicago Children’s Museum’s Art Studio lets kids explore the world through the creative process. 

Key Information: Admission is $19 – stroller-friendly – sensory sensitive amenities onsite.

Good To Know: Kids can attend workshops with visiting artists free with admission.

20. The Art Garage

You can play with seriously cool art supplies here, including fused glass, ceramics, and tie-dye!

Key Information: Camps start at $349 – studio time varies by the project – located in Austin, TX 

Good To Know: Kids will enjoy painting their own pottery projects.

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