Family Programs

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My favorite part of family day was painting outside. We had plenty of room to play.

-Young Family Day participant

Lead funding of the McNay’s educational programs is most generously provided by Kronkosky Charitable Foundation. 
Major funding is provided by Semmes Foundation, Inc., Mays Family Foundation, and William Randolph Hearst Fund. Additional support is provided by Jack H. and William M. Light Charitable Trust, Valero Benefit for Children, and the William L. Cowden Charitable Foundation. 

Family programs may be photographed for use in McNay publications. If you do not wish to be photographed, please alert our staff or contact
 with any questions.


Family Art Play

Last Sunday of the month

Family Art Play is a program for families that involves looking carefully at works of art and investigating a studio or performance component afterwards.

No registration necessary. Forward questions to or call 210.805.1768 or see listings at This program is free with Museum admission or with Museum membership.

Free Family Days

Offered annually Fall, Spring Break, & Summer

Join us for our Family Days held three times a year! Celebrate an exhibition or art theme by making art, attending a performance, watching a demonstration, and more.

Free First Sundays are generously supported by the Dickson-Allen Foundation. Free admission to the museum. Check calendar listings for upcoming dates. Also see 


Art Cart: Family Gallery Kits

Available first and third Sundays of the month, 3:00-4:00 pm

Sign out puzzles, sketching packs, a set of guide cards, or a costume kit. Explore the galleries and the grounds together and talk about what you discover.

Ask about the Family Gallery Kits when you enter the museum.


 First Friday of the month

 Enjoy a program specifically for infants, toddlers and their caregivers.Tour the museum and participate in a related playtime.

Meet at 10 am for children under 12 months; 11 am for children under 2 years. Free for members, $10 for nonmember adults. See calendar listings for upcoming program dates or visit Call 210.805.1765 for more information. Strollers and baby carriers strongly encouraged.

Toddler Art Play

Third Friday of the month, 10:30–11:30 am

Mini museum visit meets creative playtime for children under 5. Wear paint clothes for a fun, sometimes messy time at the McNay!

This program is free with Museum admission or Museum membership. Strollers and baby carriers strongly encouraged.

Family Cell Phone Tour

Use you phone to experience twenty family friendly stops. Free with museum admission. 210.547.9720 for English; 210.547.9724 for Spanish.