KIDS & FAMILIES
It’s never too early to experience an art museum!
The Museum makes every effort to provide an experience that is both fun and educational for young visitors. In 1920, the Museum’s founder August Heckscher dedicated the museum and surrounding park to the community of Huntington, “especially the children.” To this day, our setting within Heckscher Park is a wonderful way to extend your visit before or after your museum experience! Learn more about Heckscher Park
Our current offerings for young visitors include:
- Digital Action Painting (in the Museum)
- Family Activity Guides: Viewfinders & Raise the Roof (in the Museum)
- Create Your Own Activity Station: 3-D Room (in the Museum)
- Share What Home Means to You (in the Museum)
- H@H Kids Art Activity Videos (Virtual)
There are many Kids and Families Events throughout the year as well!
Digital Action Painting
The Museum is thrilled to offer our very popular 55-inch Digital Action Painting screens for kids and families!
Use a brush to create a large-scale masterpiece for everyone to see!
Family Activity Guides
The Museum is pleased to offer Family Activity Guides for young visitors and their families! Guides are free with admission and available in both English and Spanish. Learn about the artwork, search for details, and much more!
From January 28 through April 16, 2023, explore the exhibitions Viewfinders: Photographers Frame Nature and Raise the Roof: The Home in Art with two fun-filled Family Activity Guides!
Create Your Own Activity Station
Create Your Own 3-D Room
Children are invited to create their own artwork at this activity station in the Central Gallery!
From January 28 through April 16, 2023 get inspired by the Raise the Roof: The Home in Art exhibition and create your own 3-D Room! Draw, cut, fold and tape your way to your own unique space!
Share What Home Means to You
What does HOME mean to you?
Home means something different to each of us.
As part of the Raise the Roof: The Home in Art exhibition, the Museum invites visitors to share their thoughts by writing or sketching at this interactive station.
H@H Kids Edition: Art Activities Series
Discover all the videos in this virtual art activities series!
For each project, an instructional video is accompanied by a materials list, key terms, and discussion questions – all designed to build visual literacy and make learning at home fun and exciting!
All videos are featured on the H@H Kids Edition page & on the Museum’s YouTube Channel.
Youth Ambassador Program
Tweens and teens interested in art are invited to join this unique program led by Museum Educator Tami Wood!
Make new friends and learn about artwork on view as you enjoy a special behind-the-scenes look at how a museum operates and communicates with its visitors.
Students will participate in four projects each year, designed to develop art interpretation, public speaking, and writing skills. Youth Ambassadors have led tours at public events, created video content for Heckscher.org, written articles for Family Activity Guides, and conducted interviews with staff. Projects are both virtual and in-person, following the Museum’s Health and Safety Guidelines.
Open to students in 5th through 9th grade