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May 4: de Youngsters Day Out is a Celebration of Art

Art-loving kiddos will enjoy a visit to de Young Museum for its annual de Youngers Day Out on Saturday, May 4 from 10 am to 4 pm. This free community event is filled with hands-on art making, performances, and other workshops that help expose children to a variety of arts.

Child holding flower art
Showing off her contribution to a community art display | Photo: Maureen Burke

What to Expect at de Youngsters Day Out

Kids have an opportunity to explore nearly every corner of the museum and interact with art through hands-on creation. Art-making stations are located throughout the museum and outside on the grounds to spark curiosity and support your little one’s creativity. Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s activities:

  • Visit SF Public Library’s library-on-wheels and take advantage of book giveaways
  • Teaching artist, Timothy B will lead a museum takeover of art activities
  • Pocket Sculpture and ART Alive
  • In-gallery sketching
  • Free giveaways and games
  • free eye exams by Zenni
Singers performance on stage while audience dances along
Alphabet Rockers performed in 2022 | Photo: Maureen Burke

My daughter, who was in kindergarten during our visit, enjoyed the variety of activities during last year’s event. She wanted to try everything but seemed to gravitate toward the outdoor stations, in-gallery sketching, and dance performances.

There’s a fun and lively energy in the museum. No shhh-ing or feeling like your child isn’t welcome in a gallery. I appreciated that all ages seemed to be welcome and the museum staff was so encouraging to the children. They were patient when giving instructions and asked questions about the kids’ creations to really help the little ones feel seen and understood.

Families make art in museum gallery
Make art in the gallery, surrounded by lots of inspiration | Photo: Maureen Burke

Reserve Your Tickets

Tickets are available now. Reserve tickets here >

Child making art outside
Supplies and prompts are provided to offer guidance | Photo: Maureen Burke

Visit the de Young Museum Anytime

de Young Museum is located in Golden Gate Park, across the promenade from Cal Academy. It’s a wonderful family-friendly destination any time, with several features that are especially appealing to families:

  • Hamon Tower Observation Area: Don’t miss the stunning 360-degree views of San Francisco on the observation level. The space is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and tickets are not required for entry.
  • Outdoor Sculpture Garden: Wander through the small sculpture garden on the northeast corner of the museum’s grounds. My kids like the pirate sculpture best. Plus, they love running through the mist trail and quiet time in the James Turrell Skyspace.
  • de Young Museum Permanent Collection Galleries: Kids who enjoy museums will certainly like de Young’s permanent collections. My five-year-old liked the modern art and contemporary craft pieces. Bring some drawing supplies for sketching time during your visit.

Learn more about the museum >

de youngsters day out kids doing art
de Youngsters Day Out | Photo: Gary Sexton for de Young Museum

Plan your Visit to de Young Museum

Location: Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco

Hours: Open 9:30 am–5:15 pm Tuesdays–Sundays. Open select holidays; closed most Mondays. The space will be open during normal museum hours.

Admission fees: General admission to the de Young and Legion of Honor museums is always free for those 17 and under. Adults: $20.

Note: Admission is free every Saturday to residents of the surrounding 9 Bay Area counties, including Alameda County.

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