Family Programs

Registration for 2020 fall classes opens August 17 for VMFA members and August 24 for non-members.

You won’t find a more enlightening — and inspirational — environment than the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts! Bring the whole family to one of our renowned workshops or events for an enriching experience that is fun for every age and interest.

Youth and Family Studio Programs at VMFA are generously supported by R.E.B. Foundation.

Family Studio Programs & Events

Recommended for ages 5 – 12; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Select Fridays, 5 – 7 pm
$25 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $20)

Note: separate registration is not required for parent/guardian of child enrolled in this program

[F2] Clay Creations - Online

Fri, Oct 16, 5–7 pm | Online
Merenda Cecelia

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by one adult | Work with air-dry clay, stamps, textures, and slab-building methods to construct a long-lasting keepsake box for your special treasures and memories.

$25 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $20)

[F3] Fantastic Fabrics - Online

Fri, Nov 20,  5–7 pm | Online
Tiffany Glass Ferreira

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by one adult | Explore the mesmerizing techniques of silk painting to design a vibrant silk scarf of your own, as well as other fun fabric-painting projects.

$25 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $20)

[F4] Gingerbread Houses - Online

Fri, Dec 18, 5–7 pm | Online
VMFA Staff

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by one adult | Build a beautiful–and delectable–architectural structure out of gingerbread, royal icing, and a buffet of colorful candies. Note: This class may not be suitable for individuals with food allergies. email questions to

$25 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $20)

All ages; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult
First Sundays, 1 – 4 pm
Art Education Center
Free. No registration required.

Make Open Studio Sundays a part of your family’s monthly routine! Visit the Art Education Center anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm to participate in an art activity inspired by an object from the VMFA collection. A new art activity, led by VMFA Youth Studio Staff and volunteers, is offered every month. Select months will feature additional activities and events.

Note: For groups of eight children or more, please email


Please note that programs are subject to change based on conditions related to COVID-19. Select months may offer alternate options such as Take-and-Make or Grab-and-Go projects.


Upcoming Dates:

Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6


Bring the entire family and discover the richness of cultures from around the world, the science behind art making, and the stories of the artists and their art. Become an artist for the day while exploring traditional art objects, art activities, and performances and entertainment related to VMFA’s collection and special exhibitions. Activities are recommended for children ages 3–12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All ages welcome.

Free. No tickets required.

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For questions about Family Day events, please contact