Kids & Family Programs

The Colby Museum welcomes kids, families, and adult caregivers to our gallery spaces. In addition to working with multiple community organizations that serve young children, we have several programs and resources available throughout the year. 

For a great visit, please see our Museum Guidelines.

Please note that some programs are still being assessed and adjusted, as we understand more about health and safety measures that need to be taken for children during the pandemic.

Lively Spaces

Each summer the Colby College Museum of Art offers a free art, dance, and poetry camp for local third through seventh graders. Over the course of three weeks in July, participants learn about art in the Colby College Museum of Art collection, make original artworks of their own, read and write poetry, and choreograph dances in response to works in the collection. The camp culminates in an art show and final performance of both poetry and dance. Space is limited, so registration is required in the spring. During the pandemic, this offering has been transformed into an Art Boxes program, with participants signing up to receive a week of art-making materials (delivered to their homes) during school break time periods.

Art + Cart Station

Visitors can stop by the Art + Cart Station in the lobby for resources to activate a museum experience. There are resources designed specifically for kids and families including our looking cards—Find the Rainbow, Know Your ABCs, and Gallery 1-2-3. Art-to-Go Bags are also available for check-out, and include picture books, puzzles, and looking games that can be used to engage with works of art in our gallery spaces. Other resources available include sketching materials, looking activities, poetry writing prompts, and music playlists.

Art + Storytelling

Led by student interns during the academic year, this program includes a brief exploration of the museum, followed by reading a children’s book related to the month’s theme in our gallery spaces. Preschoolers, toddlers, and their grownups then visit the Mirken Education Classroom to have a snack and create their own works of art. Recommended for ages 3+ and their caregivers.

Visit our Events Calendar to see what’s coming up!