Make your next family outing an artful one!  The best part? Your kids get in touch with their inner Picasso and you don’t have to scrape paint off your walls. Here are 12 art-filled — and colorful — experiences in Baltimore, perfect for families.

family-friendly art excursions in baltimore

Stroll Through the Galleries at the Baltimore Museum of Art
One of Baltimore’s greatest artistic treasures is always FREE. Browse the stroller-friendly galleries (or take a picnic to have lunch in the sculpture garden!). Free art projects for kids on Sunday afternoons. You can even explore the galleries with their family-friendly audio tour (download from iTunes directly to your smart phone). MORE INFO

Think Outside the Box at American Visionary Art Museum
Looking for outside-the-box art inspiration? Head to the Visionary Art Museum. What exactly does visionary mean? According to AVAM’s website, “Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.” What is the pint-sized translation? SUPER. COOL. ART. Littles will love the sparkly sculpture garden and interactive exhibits. {Children under 6 are FREE!} MORE INFO

“Drop In” at The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum is the place to be for creative families! Spark your imagination with free art activities, exciting festivals and fun for all ages. The Walters offers a variety of extraordinary programs where you can make innovative art, enjoy live performances, play dress up or tour the museum with a kid-friendly Family Guide designed to foster discovery. You’ll love their art carts, too! MORE INFO

The Creative Alliance
The Creative Alliance, located one block from the southeast corner of Patterson Park, is made of artists, educators, community organizers and audiences who believe that art is the key to understanding how other people think, and the perfect way to bring them together.Drop by for KERPLUNK on Saturdays for gallery tours and free family art making. Also check out their calendar for Open Minds Art Club dates and activities (again, FREE!). MORE INFO

Create Art with a Heart
Art with a Heart’s mission is to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art. Art with a Heart provides Baltimore’s vulnerable children, youth, and adults with 10,000 visual art classes a year in schools, community centers, group homes, shelters, permanent housing facilities, hospitals, and senior facilities. They also hold classes at their Hampden space — including workshops for families. MORE INFO

Make Your Own Activities at McFadden Glass
Make a ring holder, a paperweight, an ornament or more at McFadden Glass! Make your own activities are available all day (with reservation) during operating hours at McFadden. Participants work with the resident glass artist to design a piece, including the shape, colors, size, and style. The participant will be directly involved in the glassblowing process to create the one of a kind piece that they designed. The piece will be available 48 hours after the workshop for pick-up or can be shipped to the participant. MORE INFO

Art at Port Discovery’s BGE Studio Space
Everyone is an artist. On your next edventure at Port Discovery, stop by the BGE Studio Space and create! MORE INFO

Grab a Brush at The Painted Palette Baltimore
Grab a brush and bring your little one to Family Day at The Painted Palette! {Don’t worry — they’ll have the brushes!} One class each month is  geared toward kids of all ages. Stay and paint with them, or drop them off and stay to watch or pick them up after class. MORE INFO

Illustrate Your Own Story at Yankee Doodle Art Studio
Yankee Doodle is an All-American themed create-it-yourself arts and crafts shop. Yankee Doodle offers four core activities to choose from; create specialty soap, make custom candles, write and illustrate your own book or design your own placemat, as well as numerous seasonal and specialty activities to choose from. Giving children an interactive, multi-sensory activity where they can use their imagination to design their own art work helps promote developmental growth. MORE INFO

Tour the Artist Studios at Bromo Selzer Arts Tower
The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower houses 15 floors of artist studios, showcases exhibitions, and offers clock tours and free events. Tour the artists’ studiox! Every Saturday from 11 AM – 4 PM, artists at the Bromo Selzer Tower opens their studios to the public. MORE INFO

Mold Something at Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore Clayworks is a non-profit ceramic art center in Mt. Washington that exists to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding artistic, educational, and collaborative programs in ceramic arts. They offer lots of family and children’s programs! MORE INFO

DIY Baltimore Mural Tour
The Baltimore Mural Program has produced more than 250 murals across the city, creating an outdoor public museum. Take a look at their locations and create your own tour! MORE INFO


Photo from the American Visionary Art Museum Facebook Page