Valley Museums Sharing At-Home Family Fun Activities

Valley museums are sharing online resources and at-home activities for kids and families to enjoy from home.

Arizona Center in Downtown Phoenix has created their very own activity book for adults and kids called Recess at Home with Arizona Center. The book is packed with coloring pages of Arizona Center landmarks, Arizona trivia, a word scramble, word search and recipes from Arizona Center restaurants. There’s even an easy yet delicious recipe for guacamole. Additionally, for those that submit a completed coloring page on any of Arizona Center’s social channels using the hashtag #ArizonaCenterRecess and tag Arizona Center on Twitter or Instagram (@AZCenterPhx) or Facebook (@ArizonaCenter) they will be entered to win one of five $50 gift cards to the Arizona Center restaurant of their choice!

Children’s Museum of Phoenix members Maggie and Bjorn Olsen who have a five- and seven-year old, have created the Kind Cart with their five- and seven-year old kids. The project was inspired by the museum’s 10-foot tall robot in the museum’s art studio and kids are encouraged to paint the structure. Now on wheels, the Kind Cart has visited numerous houses around the neighborhood, offering families the opportunity to paint the cart for a couple of days before moving it on to the next house. Aside from inspiring families around town, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix has a library of fun projects and resources for kids and families to access here.

While the Crayola Experience in Chandler is currently closed, the colorful destination is sharing crafting ideas, art tips, color experiments, free craft downloads and coloring pages for at-home fun. Access them all by signing up here.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West (SMoW) has launched a YouTube channel full of content like videos of exhibits and interviews at along with online content including at-home activities for the family, a 3D flip book and a museum store where shoppers can purchase items.

Scottsdale Arts and its team of curators, performing arts programmers, public art managers and arts learning facilitators have developed a new arts-based blogging initiative called Scottsdale Arts Connections. Like Scottsdale Arts itself, Connections comprises four unique blogs for each of its four branches. The blogs introduce a variety of content that will include video conversations with artists, virtual exhibitions, artistic resource lists and more. Blogs include Amplify, by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Art; Inspire, by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Immerse, by Scottsdale Public Art; and Spark, by Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation.

Phoenix Art Museum is presenting multiple virtual events throughout the month of May including Virtual First Friday on May 1 and weekly free 30-min. Virtual Mindfulness Sessions presented in collaboration with Hospice of the Valley. Additionally, two pay-what-you-wish events will take place and include “Hey Mama,” a live storytelling show on May 8 at 5:30 p.m. live streamed on the Phx Art Facebook page and YouTube channel celebrating humanity through personal stories told from a Black perspective, and a museum educator-guided meditation on May 28 at noon, showcasing the photograph Untitled (House in the Road). Two virtual exhibition experiences, India: Fashion’s Muse and Teresita Fernández: Elemental are also available to enjoy.

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