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First Sunday for Families

Children and families are invited to explore the collections, create art and share Sundays at SAMA. Interactive activities include sketching, painting, storytelling, films, performances and more. There's no need to make a reservation; just stop by as we explore a new gallery each month.  This program is free for children 12 and under.  See the Calendar for monthly details.  First Sundays for Families is generously underwritten by Alturas Foundation. 

What's in Your Museum?

SAMA’s Summer Youth program is back! What’s in Your Museum?, incorporates a variety of activities to include museum tours, painting and drawing, storytelling, music, creative writing, and more!  SAMA offers three unique week-long programs in a fun and safe educational environment. 

Tuition covers all materials; parents must provide lunch and transportation for students. 

All classes are held from 10 to 4 pm.

Summer 2012 Classes:

  • Dragons, Heroes and Monsters, Oh My! (Ages 6-8)
    June 11-15
    Uncover the mysteries of ancient Egypt, Greece and China during this one-week cultural expedition.  Become inspired by fascinating myths and legends while exploring the Museum’s collection.  Participants will create a Chinese dragon mask, sculpt their favorite mythical creature, paint an Egyptian god or goddess, and make a stone mosaic.
  • Fun with Folk Art (Ages 9-11)
    June 25-29
    Immerse yourself in the colorful world of folk art.  Explore the many cultures and unique materials found throughout the Latin American galleries. Participants will create masks, molas, weavings, puppets and much more! Gallery visits will be enhanced by cultural folktales and stories to inspire creativity.
  • Passport to Asia (Ages 6-8)
    July 9-13
    Journey through China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia during this introduction to the diverse cultures of Asia.  Students will learn the art of calligraphy, create Japanese anime figures and participate in a traditional tea ceremony.  While exploring the galleries, students will discover how ceramics and silks were traded along the Silk Road.

Family Guides

These guides are intended to help families and children of all ages make the most of what the Museum has to offer. They contain activities, questions and ideas for looking at works of art on display. Guides may also serve as classroom resources and can be used as pre- or post-visit learning tools in conjunction with guided or self-guided tours.

Download a guide before your visit, or pick one up for free in the galleries.