Family Sundays

You're invited to the Museum every Sunday afternoon for hands-on art activities and a lively 30-minute family tour through the Galleries. Each month's family activities focus on a different, family-friendly theme. Family Tour leaves at 2:30 pm. Sign up for the Family tour is required, and starts in Grigg Gallery at 1:00 pm each Sunday.



Sunday, January 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
1:00–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

Magical Beasts
Dive into a world of fantastic creatures with Family Sundays. Look for griffins, dragons, and satyrs in the Museum’s collection and create your own magical beasts with a family art activity.

January 29
Lunar New Year Festival
Visit the Saint Louis Art Museum to ring in the Year of the Rooster. Explore Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese culture with activities, performances, and demonstrations.

Special Performance
2:00 pm, Sculpture Hall
Lion Dance
T'ai Chi and Kung Fu Demonstrations


February 5, 12, 29, and 26
1:00–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

Hat Fancy
From ancient times to the modern era, people everywhere have adorned their heads. Family Sundays in February will highlight crowns, headdresses, and other forms of decorative headwear with a month of art activities and family tours. Learn about the function, design, and materials used in different types of headgear before making your own.

February 12
Welcome to France
Bring the entire family to the Museum to mark the opening of our featured exhibition, Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade. Join in with flash French lessons, learn about the feathers used by French hat makers, and design a stylish chapeau.

Sunday, February 26
noon-4:00 pm

Art in Bloom: Family Florals
Storytelling in the Education Center, 1:00pm


March 5, 12, 19, and 26
1:00–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

Spring Fever
Say goodbye to winter with the Museum and Family Sundays. We’ll welcome spring and warmer weather with a month of fun activities inspired by modern and contemporary art.

Sunday, March 26
3:00 pm

Story time in the Galleries


Sunday, April 3, 10, 17, and 24
1:00–4:00 pm; Family tour at 2:30 pm

Designing Nature
People across the world celebrate the beauty of nature through the production of art. Natural motifs are used to decorate everything from prayer rugs and household objects, to the personal regalia of kings. Family Sundays in April will explore the Museum's collection of Islamic and Indian art with activities and family tours that combine art and nature.

Storytime in the Galleries
Sunday, April 10, 2:00 pm
Indian Folktales

Sunday, April 17, 2:00 pm
Ramuoni—Tribal Belly Dancing
Dances of India
Confluence Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, April 24, 1:00-4:00 pm
Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate Earth Day with Family Sundays. The afternoon will include a nature-themed art activity, live music in the Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden, and a special appearance by the Butterfly House.


Sunday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
1:00–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

Art Transformers
When is a dot not a dot? Or a car not a car? Discover the answer with Family Sundays at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Throughout the month of May we'll feature artworks and artists who take everyday objects and symbols and transform them into amazing sculptures, paintings, and mixed-media masterpieces.

Sunday, May 22, 2:00 pm
African Dance and Drumming Sculpture Hall


Sunday, June 5, 12, 19, and 26
1:00–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

Seeing Shapes
Shapes are one of the basic elements of art and they can be found in many of the artworks in the Museum's collection. Spot the shapes in the paintings and sculptures in our galleries then create your own art inspired by what you see.


Sunday, July 10, 17, 24, and 31
1:00–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

Mummies and More
Travel back in time to a world of gods, goddesses, and pharaohs. Visit the Museum's Egyptian galleries, learn all about mummies and mummification, and create your own art inspired by materials from the ancient world. There will be no Family Sunday program on July 3 due to Fair St. Louis festivities.


Sunday, August 7, 21, and 28
1:00–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

A Spark of Genius
To complement Self-Taught Genius, August Family Sundays call out trailblazers whose work changed the art world. Check out some of these groundbreaking artists on the tour before unleashing your own creative genius with a hands-on art activity.

August 14
Passport to India
Celebrate Indian Independence Day with an afternoon of art and performance. Drop by our sari station to learn all about traditional Indian clothing, strike a pose during a family yoga session, and create your own artwork inspired by the arts and crafts of India. At 2 pm enjoy a high-energy dance and musical performance in the Museum's Farrell Auditorium.


Sunday, September 4, 11, 18, and 25
1:00–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

Art Adventures
Let's go on an Art Adventure. Each week in September, enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of art exploration with make and take activities, a family tour, and Storytime in the Galleries.

Chuseok Festival
Sunday, September 25
1:00-4:00 pm

Come explore the Museum's amazing collection of Korean art with Family Sundays. We're celebrating Chuseok, a major Korean harvest festival, with an afternoon of performance, artmaking, and storytelling. Museum visitors can learn the Korean alphabet, enjoy a traditional Korean dance performance, and take part in storytime in the Museum's Asian galleries. The Museum's Chuseok celebration is presented in collaboration with the Gateway Korea Foundation.


Sunday, October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
1:00–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

Window to the World
Art can be a window to the world, offering a glimpse into the past and teaching about different people and cultures. Travel through time and around the globe each Sunday in October with drop-in art projects and guided family tours. Each week’s activities will be inspired by a different part of the Museum’s collection.

Passport to Japan
Sunday, October 16
1:00-4:00 pm

Presented in collaboration with the Japan America Society of St. Louis, Passport to Japan will expose visitors to the history and people of Japan. Enjoy a Bon Ordori (dance) performance, observe a tradition tea ceremony, and stop by our demonstration tables to explore different art traditions from Japan.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Sunday, October 23
1:00-4:00 pm

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with Family Sundays. Presented in collaboration with Hispanic Festival Inc., we’re highlighting Hispanic and Latino American culture with an afternoon of art and performance. Enjoy dance and musical performances from across South America, learn about traditional Hispanic and Latino crafts, and create your own artwork inspired by the Museum’s Ancient American art collection.


Sunday, November 6, 13, 20, and 27
1:00–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

Made in America
The Museum’s upper level has been completely transformed. We’re retelling the American story with new galleries and artwork that hasn’t been on view in years. Family Sundays in November will highlight the Museum’s recently reinstalled American collection with special performances, art activities, and tours.

Special Family Performance
November 6
1:00-4:00 pm

Family Programs partners with Confluence Chamber Orchestra for an afternoon honoring some of America’s most famous composers. Enjoy a family friendly orchestral performance then try your hand playing the violin, viola, and cello during our instruments petting zoo.

Special Thanksgiving Holiday Family Programs
Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26
1:00-4:00 pm

Spend your holiday weekend with family programs at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Tour the galleries and get creative with a family art activity.


Sunday, December 4, 11, and 18
noon–4:00 pm; Family Tour at 2:30 pm

Winter Break
Winter break at the Saint Louis Art Museum means fun for the entire family. Stop in for a family art activity, dive into the galleries with a guided tour, and complete a fun winter-themed scavenger hunt each Sunday in December.

Winter Festival
Friday, December 9, 5:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, December 10, noon-4:00 pm
Sunday, December 11, noon-4:00 pm

Join the Saint Louis Art Museum as we host a three-day winter extravaganza celebrating cultures from around the world. Drop in for special performances, treats, and family art activities each day.

Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
Sunday, January 1, noon-4:00 pm
Enjoy an afternoon of culture, performance, and tradition during the Saint Louis Art Museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration.

Kwanzaa program sponsored in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter.

Connect Labs

Connect with others and with art through hands-on activities for all ages that invite you to discover exciting themes and connections across the Museum's global collections. Look for the "Portraiture" Connect Lab in the galleries beginning in the Summer of 2016.

Art with Us

Let us come into your community site to create collaborative artwork inspired by the Museum's collection. Art With Us provides interactive, hands-on art education classes to youth in collaboration with community and social organizations throughout St. Louis city and county. During the ten-session program your group works with professional artists-in-residence to create works of art. Contact us at community@slam.org

Museum Assistants

Teens between the ages of 15 and 19 can gain work and leadership experience as part of the Museum's youth mentorship and training program. The Museum hires Museum Assistants to lead tours for young audiences and to support a wide variety of community programs. Contact us at community@slam.org

Teen Arts Council

Teen Arts Council members are integral in the design and implementation of the Museum's programming for teens, and are exposed to many facets of the Art Museum including our collection and exhibitions.
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Self-Guided Family Tours

Download and print these family-friendly self-guided tours before you come and use these during your visit.
A Family Guide to Arms and Armor
A Family Guide to Egyptian Mummies
SLAM Safari Adventure Guide
Winter Wonder Scavenger Hunt