Family Programs

Celebrate the Art of Flowers: Paris in Springtime

Sat, Apr 25, 11 am – 3 pm | VMFA 
Take a trip back in time to Paris in the 19th century. Stroll among books and prints in the VMFA Bouquiniste tent sale. Enjoy the Zany Umbrella Circus featuring a tight wire walking elephant, and jugglers and acrobats, inviting you to engage in theatrical play. Set up an easel to capture the VMFA sculpture garden, participate in flower- inspired art activities, and view elaborate puppet shows in this springtime extravaganza.
Free, no registration required

VMFA Family Events are generously sponsored by the MeadWestvaco Foundation.

Educational programming for Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower is generously supported by The Robert Lehman Foundation.

Open Studio Sundays

First Sundays, 1 – 4 pm | Art Education Center
Make Open Studio Sunday part of your family’s monthly routine! Visit the MWV Art Education Center anytime between 1 and 4 pm to participate in art activities inspired by objects from the VMFA collection. A new art project is offered every month, led by VMFA Youth Studio staff and volunteers.  (For groups of eight or more children, please email
Free, no registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

From Petals to Paper [F7]

Fri, Apr 24,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Celeste Johnston
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Using pulp made from the instructor's plants and flowers, families make their own natural, handmade paper and learn the history of this intriguing art form.
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)

En Plein Air with Parents [F8]

Fri, May 22,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
VMFA Staff
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Together kids and parents find a picturesque spot in the VMFA's Sculpture Garden to set up their easels and, with guidance from an experienced painter, paint en plein air (in the open air).
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)