Special Events

Special Events 


No registration required

Family festivals and events offer an exciting array of activities in the Ryan Learning Center and may include gallery walks, art making, performances, and other fun surprises! 

Family Festivals are generously sponsored by Richard and Ann Carr. 

Family Festival: Colors and Shapes
Saturday, April 8
Drop in 10:30-3:00

Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica created geometric paintings and interactive installations that invite art viewers to participate in the work. Enter into his creative and colorful world with the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium. You’re invited to experience the museum in new and surprising ways through collaborative installations, exploratory art making, and interactive programs that involve the whole family.
Check out the day's schedule.  

Family Festival: Let’s Move! 
Saturday, May 20
Drop in 10:30‒3:00

This Family Festival is dedicated to fast-paced artists who just can’t sit still. Inspired by the exhibition Go, which explores how artists capture the buzz of activity and silence of stillness, this event will get you moving with art making and gallery activities for all ages.

22nd Annual Kaleidoscope Family Day
Saturday, July 22
Drop in 10:30‒3:00

Bring the whole family to the Art Institute for this annual free day of discovery, creativity, and fun. Visit the galleries, make connections, and release your creative energies. Explore art making and activity stations designed for all ages led by museum staff and cultural partners around the city. 


Festival programs located in the Ryan Learning Center are free. Museum admission tickets are required for festival programs that take place in the museum galleries, outside the Ryan Learning Center. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Admission to the Ryan Learning Center is always free.
Admission to the museum is free for children under 14.