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Join us at the Free Family Fest at the Dallas Museum of Art on November 16

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

One of our favorite places in Dallas is the Arts District, and one of it’s shining jewels is the Dallas Museum of Art.  It is a hub for creative, free family fun.  The theme of the upcoming Family Festival is ” MAKE”.  The Dallas Museum of Art clhallenges you to “Celebrate the power of creativity and all the ways we MAKE…”  

Below is the schedule from their calendar.  For more information, visit here.



11:00 a.m.

Yoga for Kids!
11:00 a.m.–noon, Ross Avenue Plaza
Join our yogini, Nicole Payseur, for meditation, relaxation, and some very pretzel-like poses.

Chiptunes 4 Autism Sensory Table
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Center for Creative Connections (C3) Gallery
Play a tune on a Nintendo, tickle the keys of an electronic keyboard, and meet the creative brains behind Chiptunes 4 Autism.

Meet and Make with an Artist: Foil Embossing Frenzy with Molina High School National Art Honor Society
11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Tech Lab, C3
Meet students from Molina High School’s National Art Honor Society and create foil embossed artwork. Learn about the technique of repoussé, a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design. Use a similar technique with alternative materials to get the same beautiful outcome!

Yes We CAN!: Canned Food Construction with the DMA Teen Advisory Council
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Atrium
Dallas has a big heart, so let’s do something big to give back to our community! Bring donations of canned food to the Family Festival to benefit North Texas Food Bank. The DMA Teen Advisory Council will be on-site to create a larger-than-life can sculpture from donations, so stop by to lend them a hand.

Open Studio: Watercolor Tablescapes
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Art Studio, C3
Drop by the studio to arrange your own still-life composition and then create a watercolor masterpiece.

Sensory Room
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Founders Room
Need a place to take a break? Drop in anytime throughout the festival to relax and explore quiet activities. All ages are welcome!

#DPLWhatsNext: Dallas Public Library Reading Recommendations
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Concourse
Calling all bookworms! Meet one of DPL’s friendly librarians, get personalized book recommendations at our Peanuts-inspired booth, and browse favorite children’s books. Discover new things; find out what’s next – #DPLWhatsNext.

Meet and Make with an Artist: Creating a World with Betty Rodriguez
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Main Entrance
Would you change anything about our world today? With cardboard boxes and tissue paper, we’ll work together to create a miniature world using our imagination and our senses. Work alongside local artist Betty Rodriguez at the Lunita Art Cart and watch our cardboard world grow throughout the day!

11:30 a.m.

Chiptunes 4 Autism: Music Showcase
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., C3 Theater
Join Chiptunes 4 Autism as they play electronic music inspired by video games. Then, try out a variety of electronic instruments in hands-on stations.

Kid Tour Guides: Amazing Americas
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Level 4
Learn fun facts and behind-the-scenes stories about art and artists from across the Americas at five different pop-up tour stops featuring junior tour guides from Arcadia Park Elementary.

Alma y Corazón Tejano Ballet Folklórico
Noon–12:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Embark on a dancing journey and enjoy the brilliant costumes and choreography of this talented cultural performing group dedicated to celebrating the traditional dance and customs of Hispanic regions.

Dress Like the Art Photo Booth
Noon–1:30 p.m., Level 2 Landing
Strike a pose and turn yourself into a work of art with props and costumes. Let the artworks around you be your inspiration!

Meet and Make with an Artist: Build a Sculpture with Sweet Pass Sculpture Park
Noon–1:30 p.m., Sculpture Garden
The art is SHRINKING! Or is it? Explore all the BIG artworks in the DMA Sculpture Garden, and then work with Tamara and Trey from Sweet Pass Sculpture Park to create your own tiny sculpture to add to our DIY miniature sculpture garden.

12:30 p.m.
Peformance in the Atrium featuring Molina High School Modern Band
12:30 p.m., Atrium
Join us for a special musical performance by talented local teens from Molina High School.

Meet and Make with an Artist: Ash Studio’s Empowering Words Workshop
12:30–2:00 p.m., Fleischner Courtyard
Drop by and discover the power/poder in words with collaborators from Ash Studios, Juan Cruz and Christian Rodriguez. Use drawing or collage materials to make your mark on banners featuring English/Spanish empowering words.

1:00 p.m.
Semillitas Story Time with Ofelia Faz-Garza
1:00–1:30 p.m., C3 Theater
Cozy up with a good book at a pop-up reading nook created by the Semillitas Book Club and enjoy story time with local artist Ofelia Faz-Garza. Then use paper, stickers, and tape to make your own handmade book to take home!

Smell the Art! Stations
1:00–2:00 p.m., Level 4 Landing
Stop by our hands-on station and put your nose to the test. Try to identify different scents, imagine what a landscape painting might smell like if it came to life, and create a sketch inspired by one of our mystery smells.

1:30 p.m.
Family Tour: Makers on the Move
1:30 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
Go on a whirlwind adventure through the Museum galleries and explore the many ways artists around the world MAKE and CREATE on this interactive tour of the DMA’s collection led by education staff. Tour is limited to the first 30 attendees.

Meet and Make with an Artist: Become the Hero (or Villain) of Your Own Cardboard Kingdom with Chad Sell
1:30–3:30 p.m., Tech Lab, C3
Create your own incredible cardboard costume to transform yourself into the hero or villain of your dreams! Meet graphic novelist Chad Sell, learn about his new book Cardboard Kingdom, and transform cardboard into wearable art.

2:00 p.m.
Meet and Make with an Artist: Building with Bright Start Project
2:00–3:00 p.m., Level 3 Landing
Stack, build, think! Get inspired by the art around you and participate in an engineering challenge for all ages. Join David Reyes from Bright Start Project and use LEGO blocks to build away.

2:30 p.m.
Family Tour en español: Makers on the Move
2:30 p.m., Meet at the main Visitor Services Desk
Go on a whirlwind adventure through the Museum galleries and explore the many ways artists around the world MAKE and CREATE on this interactive tour of the DMA’s collection led by education staff. Tour is limited to the first 30 attendees. This tour will be offered in Spanish.

Improv for Families with Stomping Ground Comedy
2:30–3:30 p.m., C3 Theater
Learn about the basics of improv comedy together through interactive games of listening, supporting, and saying YES to create hilariously silly moments. Be playful with your family and connect in a new creative way!


November 16, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201 United States
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