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 activities such as drop-in art-making, live entertainment, gallery events, and more. Every month offers something new! Second Saturday takes place on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00–2:00.

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Camps + Workshops

Children five and above

Art-making camps and workshops for every age level and interest. Learn about artworks in the collection and new art-making techniques. Classes are led at age-appropriate levels several times throughout the year. Registration required.

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Mini Masters

Children five and under

Currently on hold, check back soon!

It’s never too early to foster creativity. Toddlers and caretakers enjoy story time, looking at art, and participating in an art-making activity. Stay tuned for when Mini Masters resumes.


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

2021 Chalk Artist Kaylee Goodman

Art & Chalk Fest

All Ages

August 20-21, 2022

One of Wisconsin’s top art fairs, this family friendly event offers live art and music and plenty to eat and drink. Set amidst MOWA’s hydrangea fields on the third weekend in August, Art & Chalk Fest attracts more than 20,000 visitors annually and is recognized nationally for its competitive live chalk art displays and demonstrations.  Learn more

Winter Week

All ages


Enjoy free drop-in activities for families during the last week of the year, including storytelling, family tours, and art activities.

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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