Family Fun at Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

To be honest, when I first heard “Late Nights at the DMA“, I didn’t think “family friendly.”

First of all, a late night in our family is when the boys get to bed at 8:30, so I didn’t figure we would be able to participate in much given their bed time.  Also, I pictured couples strolling happily through the museum exhibits hand-in-hand, or perhaps busy working professionals taking an evening to view the art as a way to wind down from the week. 

Boy, was I wrong!  Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art provides a great option for a fun family outing, every month on the third Friday of the month.

Yes, the museum is open until midnight on these nights, but the family fun starts at 6:00pm and most activities occur before 8:00pm.  And what activities they are!  Here is a sampling of what’s happening this Friday, February 20 with the theme of “Celebrating Divine Kings and Royal Women Across Cultures”, from Tutankhamun to Cleopatra. 

Late Night Creations

6:00–9:00 p.m., Studio, Center for Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art

Learn about kings and queens in the Museum’s collections and then visit the studio to make your own royal crown.

Family Activities at the Crow Collection of Asian Art

6:00–9:00 p.m., Crow Collection of Asian Art

Did you know the dragon symbolizes royalty in Chinese art and culture? Stop by the Crow Collection to design your own dragon and learn to paint Chinese symbols.

Yoga for Kids

6:30–7:00 p.m., Center for Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art

Join our resident yogini, Michelle Mock, for meditation, relaxation, and some very pretzel-like poses.

Bedtime Stories with Arturo

7:30 p.m., Theater, Center for Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art

Kids, wear your pajamas and bring your pillows to hear Bedtime Stories with Arturo, told by our award-winning storyteller, Ann Marie Newman.

On March 20, a very special Late Night for families will feature Judy Schachner, best-selling children’s author and illustrator of the beloved Skippyjon Jones series of picture books, which follows the adventures of a Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Chihuahua.  My 3-yr old is a HUGE Skippyjon Jones fan, and can recite Schachner’s first book, Skippyjon Jones, by heart due to its cute sing-song rhymes.  We have this one marked on our calendar, for sure, because at 7pm, Schachner will read and share insights about her latest book, Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble. When Skippyjon reads about cat mummies in National Leographic, his overactive imagination whisks him off to ancient Egypt via his closet.  Book signings will be near the Museum Store.

Other fun activities on this evening will be animal mask-making in the studio and story-telling focused on Egypt.  And, best of all, will be giving tickets away for this event soon, so watch for how to win them in the upcoming weeks!

If you are looking for something different and loads of fun for your family, a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art might be just what you need!