Family Festival: Making Moves


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  • Free admission for Ryan Learning Center activities

    Drop in 10:30–3:00 (Except where noted) 

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Explore modes of movement through creative art making, storytelling, performance, and collaborative activities throughout the Ryan Learning Center and around the museum. Experience the recently reinstalled galleries of African art, and, in conversation with teens from the Art Institute’s Youth Programs, make collaborative creations.

For more information about family programs, please call (312) 857-7161 or email For upcoming family programs, please visit the family programs calendar

To request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program, please call (312) 443-3680 or send an email to as far in advance as possible. 

Please see the museum’s Accessibility page for more information.


Spin Drawings in THE FAMILY ROOM—Design your own mesmerizing drawings and watch them come to life as they spin.

Room to Move in the INTERACTIVE GALLERY—Lights, costumes, action! Step into an immersive stage-like space and find something to try on. Choreograph your moves to music and sounds as lights change.

Magical Moving Discs in CLASSROOM 5—Create an optical illusion toy called a thaumatrope to animate your own drawings.

The Little Studio (Ages 5 and under) in CLASSROOMS 3 & 4—Join the movement! Young learners explore moving fast and slow through experimentation, play, and art making.

Hats, Headdresses, and More in STUDIO B—Work alongside fashion artist DJ DeGayner and create a wearable work of art that moves with you.

African Dance Workshop in STUDIO A 12:00 AND 2:00 (20 MINUTES)—Learn some African dance steps and move along to the rhythm with dance educators from Ayodele Drum and Dance.


Performance: African Dance in GRIFFIN COURT 11:00 AND 1:00 (20 MINUTES)—Experience African dance movements and rhythms with Ayodele Drum and Dance.

Performance: ChoreoLab in GRIFFIN COURT 1:30 AND 2:30 (20 MINUTES)—Dancers from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s ChoreoLab perform original work inspired by the museum’s galleries and choreographed by the ensemble’s young dancers.

Movement and Stories (Ages 8 and under) in GALLERY 144 11:30, 12:30, AND 1:30 (20 MINUTES)—Listen to a story as you experience creative movement led by Nubia Henderson of kids jamm. Stories include The Rhino Who Swallowed the Storm by LeVar Burton and I Am Enough by Grace Byers.

Moving through a Still Life MEET IN GALLERY 100 11:30 AND 1:00 (30 MINUTES)—See how many ways you can pose and move by looking at the space in a painting with your family and friends.

Magical Moving Discs in GALLERY 100—Create an optical illusion toy called a thaumatrope to animate your own drawings.

Living Materials in GALLERY 137—Experience the recently reinstalled gallery of African art through hands-on activities with teens from the Art Institute’s Youth Programs.

* Proof of museum admission or a member card is required for adults. Admission is free for children under 14 and Chicago youth under 18. 


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