Family Programs


ChinaFest! Year of the Wood Sheep

Sat, Jan 3, 11 am – 3 pm | VMFA 
Celebrate longevity, the New Year, and treasures from the Forbidden City while exploring Chinese culture. Participate in a LEGO® reproduction of the Imperial Palace nine dragon screen and nine imperial treasure-making activities. Take in nine Chinese animated films for children, breathe and stretch with Project Yoga Richmond, and be amazed by martial arts demonstrations.

Also discover the Legend of the Chinese Dragon as Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion Team XXL brings this folk tale to life through the magic of dance.

Free, no registration required. 
Entry to the Forbidden City exhibition not included. Visitors interested in visiting the special exhibition are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. 

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VMFA Family Events are generously sponsored by the MeadWestvaco Foundation


ChinaFest Programmatic support provided by The Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding



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.


This exhibition family event is supported by The Robert Lehman Foundation.


Family Portraits [F4]

Fri, Jan 23,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
VMFA Staff
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Visit the galleries to find paintings that depict children and their families. Then take turns modeling and drawing a portrait of each other!
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Gilded Gifts [F5]

Fri, Feb 13,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Tiffany Glass Ferreira
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Who doesn't love glitter and gold? Decorate family picture frames in gold leafing, add sparkly embellishments to keepsake boxes, and create other glamorous craft projects.
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Silk Painting [F6]

Fri, Mar 13,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Mary Swezey
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Explore traditional and modern approaches to the art of silk painting. Each family will design one silk scarf to take home.
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


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)