Family Play Days

Come play at the CMA! Play Days at the CMA are free opportunities for families to be creative, to be curious, and to connect through art together. Events include music, storybook readings, games, and art making for the whole family. Each event has a theme that relates to an exhibition, artist, or artworks in the CMA’s collection.  

Special Event
Saturday, October 8, 2022, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What does it mean to transform? Discover how artists explore "transformation" in their work while creating their own dynamic art. Make a kaleidoscope, play with bubbles, and add your voice to a large-scale collaborative poetry project. Enjoy snacks, games, storybook readings, and more!


Play Day: Illuminate

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., Location: The Ames Family Atrium

Let your creative light shine while enjoying the sights and activities of the CMA’s Winter Lights Lantern Festival and University Circle Inc.’s Holiday CircleFest. Make your own lantern and light-reflecting holiday ornaments. Create shadow puppets that tell a story, play games, and work together on a light-inspired community project! 

Play Day: Big and Small

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., Location: The Ames Family Atrium

Explore artworks, big and small, at this whimsical event all about scale! Make your own mini works of art inspired by the CMA exhibitionChina through the Magnifying Glass: Masterpieces in Miniature and Detail. Add your mark to a giant collaborative art project, try your hand at life-size board games, and commit to acts of kindness, big and small! 

Play Day: Wander Wild

Saturday, April 15, 2023, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., Location: The Ames Family Atrium

Celebrate the natural world at this Earth Day–inspired event. Explore artists and artworks in the CMA’s collection that connect with themes of nature, reuse, and conservation. Experiment with natural and recycled materials and try new techniques to create your own eco-friendly works of art. “Wander wild” with local artist Maggie Latham to learn about foraging and how to grow your own backyard dye garden!