Family-Friendly Things to do at the NBMAA
Family-friendly spaces included with your Museum admission:
- Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace: After being inspired by the art in the galleries, families can create their own work of art following a virtual art teacher in the Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace. Watch our art educator on the screen guide you through the suggested project, or use the complimentary supplies to create whatever you wish.
- Art & Book Nook: Families can stop by the Art & Book Nook in the Education wing to explore some art-related stories and make some memories with a hands-on art project. It’s like a secret playhouse just for kids and families! Located in the “way back” of the Museum down the staircase with our blue Chihuly sculpture, the Art & Book Nook features art supplies, activities, and books for all to enjoy.
- Scavenger Hunt: Ask the Front Desk for a scavenger hunt worksheet and add a special focus to your child’s visit through the galleries.
- Fun Benches: Visitors of all ages will love the unique benches located throughout the Museum. A crowd-favorite is the Grizzly Bear Bench, made by Judy Kensley McKie. And you can touch them! All of them! We call them “sculptures you can sit on”! And don’t forget to rub the bear’s nose!
- Walnut Hill Park: The NBMAA’s location next to the historic Walnut Hill Park provides the perfect space for families to take a walk, have a picnic, or spend some time playing after a visit to the Museum.
- Outdoor Sculpture Garden: When visiting the NBMAA, spend some time outside strolling through the Sculpture Garden. Engage your children with a Sculpture Garden Family Guide filled with educational information about some of the sculptures, discussion questions for families, and drawing and coloring activities. The Sculpture Garden Family Guide can be found at the Front Desk or on our website.