Family Activities in Wisconsin

Get Creative Together

Creative art-making for the entire family

MOWA offers a creative and inspiring space for your family. A variety of experiences from drop-in art-making activities to family workshops are available.

Second Saturday

All ages

Drop-in on the second Saturday, 10:00–2:00

Second Saturday is a lively monthly event that turns the entire museum into a destination for creative experiences. Families can explore the museum, participate in drop-in art-making, live entertainment, gallery activities, and more. Every month offers something new! Second Saturday takes place on the second Saturday of each month, drop in 10:00–2:00. Free for Members. Second Saturday is sponsored by the Leola Culver Family Foundation.

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Mini Makers

Children five and under

Drop in on the last Wednesday, 10:00–12:00

It’s never too early to foster creativity. Toddlers and caregivers explore art together in this monthly program. Each drop-in session is themed with new forms of art-making and self-guided gallery activities. Drop in 10:00–12:00. Recommended for children ages five and under. Free for Members.

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Youth Tours

All Ages

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Experience art in new ways and inspire curiosity with tours for every age and ability. Tours explore a variety of topics on Wisconsin art customized to your group’s age-level. Request a tour

Art & Chalk Fest

All Ages

August 17–18

This FREE, outdoor, family friendly live arts festival is set amidst the museum’s four-acre campus and features artists from the Wisconsin arts community. Art & Chalk Fest is recognized nationally for its competitive live chalk art displays, art-making demonstrations, live music, and plenty to eat and drink.

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Summer Youth Workshops

All Ages

Registration Required

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Get a FREE Guide

Pick up our “Family Guide” for an interactive tour of the museum when you arrive or print it out before your visit.

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Second Saturday

Time your visit to participate in Second Saturday for free art-making projects and art-infused activities that will engage your family at every age. Second Saturday of every month, 10:00 am–2:00 pm.

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Take Advantage of Events

Check out our calendar of events for upcoming family programs, including holiday-themed Studio Saturdays, art classes for children and teens, and Art & Chalk Fest.

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Come Back Again and Again.

Consider a CREW Membership for only $50 that allows you and your entire family to come back again and again.

Family programs like Second Saturdays and Mini Masters are always free for members.

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