Self-guided Gallery Activities
Activity Backpacks (ages 6 and up)
Parents and caregivers may check out a Silk Road Backpack to enhance their Museum experience. Filled with hands- on fun, backpacks are a unique way to engage children in learning about world cultures. Available for checkout at the SAMA Shop.
Self-Guided Family Tours (ages 6 and up)
Explore the Museum at your own pace. Pick up our free interactive family guides for the Ancient Art of the Mediterranean World, Latin American and Asian Art collections. Family guides are also available as a downloadable PDF below.
Arte Kids books (ages 0 to 4)
Explore SAMA’s newest series of children’s bilingual board books that teach children numbers, shapes and colors while introducing them to artworks in SAMA’s collection. Be sure to pick up your copy from the SAMA Shop, or click here to make an online purchase.
Programs For Children and Families
First Sundays for Families (all ages)
Children and families are invited to explore the collections, create art and share Sundays at SAMA. Enjoy interactive fun to 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.
First Sundays for Families has been generously underwritten by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Edouard Foundation, Faye L. and William L. Cowden Charitable Foundation, San Antonio Museum of Art Docents, and Dan and Gloria Oppenheimer Fund and the Frances Margaret Seaver Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation.
Family Flicks (all ages)
Family Flicks is our new outdoor film series in collaboration with Slab Cinema, held every second Saturday at sundown from February through November. Special performances and art activities begin one hour prior to screening time; films begin promptly at sundown. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics! During inclement weather, Family Flicks will be held in the Museum's auditorium.
Art Crawl (caregivers and babies 0-18 months)
Moms, dads and caregivers, put your babies in their slings and take a walk with us through the galleries. Talks are geared towards adults while the art selections are chosen to engage both you and your infant. Every second Thursday morning from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tours begin at the Front Desk and end with playtime and refreshments. Front-carrying baby carriers are encouraged and strollers are welcome.
SAMA Playdates (ages 2 to 4)
SAMA Playdates cultivate, nurture, and inspire creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. Every Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m., children experience stories, gallery activities, hands-on art, movement and music.
SAMA’s Summer Youth program is back! Summer Camp, 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 Camp received generous support from the San Antonio Museum of Art Docents.
Homeschool Student Workshops (ages 5 to 12)
Designed specifically for homeschool students and their parents. Participate as a family in a guided experience of the museum’s encyclopedic collection with a tour and hands-on activity, and extend learning through art at home with materials provided by the museum! Advance registration required.
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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.