Children/Family Program

Young children and their caregivers are invited to the museum! In each session, we will visit a work of art in the galleries, share a related storybook, and engage in a sensory and process-oriented art activity. Led by artist and educator Alix Martin. Recommended for children ages 2 to 5 years old. 

First Session FREE: Friday, May 26; Spring Series: Fridays, June 2 to 23, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

Suggested donation: $10 per class; or $30 for the series.

Location: Enter through the museum's main lobby, off the Museum Street parking lot. The group will meet in the museum auditorium.

The Ashwood Waldorf School and the Farnsworth Art Museum present "Let's Get the Rhythm," a joyous documentary film about handclapping games around the world. 

“Let’s Get the Rhythm” captures girls’ handclapping games from inner city playgrounds and across the world… from every continent… and islands in between. Girls from diverse cultures – from Brooklyn to Tanzania – charm us as they learn and share while expanding their experience. Drawing attention to the social importance of girls’ games, the film features footage from far-flung locations as well as ancient Egyptian reliefs. “Let’s Get the Rhythm” accentuates the beauty of the beat with compelling observations on the empowering force on the lives of girls, women and humanity.

Children ages 2 to 6 years old and their caregivers are invited to join Beth Lunt, early-childhood educator at the Ashwood Waldorf School, for these puppet-plays in the Farnsworth Library.
$5 suggested donation; includes museum admission.

Puppet Play: The Brave Little Rabbit
Friday, April 7, 10:30 a.m.

Puppet Play:  Rain Fairies and the Rainbow
Friday, May 12, 10:30 a.m.


For children 8-12 years of age

Using the museum’s summer exhibitions, children are invited to create personal, imaginative mixed-media landscapes inspired by artist Marguerite Zorach. We will work on fine paper with oil pastel, use rich printed papers and exotic fabrics. We will also create tiny wooden, seaside found-object boxes based on the work by sculptor Louise Nevelson and discuss design elements such as visual balance, symmetry, and directional movement.

We will compare these two artists’ work—one based in New York and who lived in Maine and the other who was from Rockland and rose to international fame. We will visit the museum for conversation and sketching, and keep a portfolio of projects to bring home at the end of the week.

Ages 8 to 12 years old.

Come take flight with us! Young artists are invited for a week of making bird-inspired artworks. We will look at the work of artists, dancers, and scientists, who are inspired by our avian friends—as we create sculpture, paintings, and prints. We’ll be informed by nature studies, walk-throughs of the museum’s galleries, and a trip to the nearby Project Puffin Audubon Center. On the final day, there will be a group show to share with families.

Join us for this FREE family-friendly film for all ages, co-presented by the Farnsworth and the Strand Theatre.

In this beautifully hand-drawn animated Irish tale, a young boy named Ben and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure. Made by the creators of The Secret of Kells (2009), Song of the Sea (2014) received overwhelming acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015.

Running time: 1h 34m. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Open seating. 

Children ages 2 to 6 years old and their caregivers are invited to join Beth Lunt, early-childhood educator at the Ashwood Waldorf School, for a St.Patrick’s Day themed puppet-play.
Cost: $5 suggested donation, includes free admission to the museum.

All ages are invited to join us for this claasic American musical fantasy film! Starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, the 1971 film is an adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by beloved children’s book author Roald Dahl. The film tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.

Co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre.

When decorating eggs in the Ukrainian style, designs are drawn on the egg with melted beeswax, which flows from a tool called a Kystka. The eggs are then dipped in a series of dyes and the final pattern is revealed when the wax is removed. The Pysanka, a decorated egg, was common among Slavic peoples as far back as 5,000 B.C. and became deeply important in spring rituals, symbolizing nature’s rebirth. All materials will be provided for this workshop. Space is open to 25 participants and is recommended for families with children 8 years old and up. Adults without accompanying children are welcome to attend as well.

On Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m., the Farnworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will be co-presenting the 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows, shown for the first time in midcoast Maine. Featuring techniques ranging from hand-drawn to stop-motion to the latest computer-generated imagery, the 12 extraordinary films in this family-friendly program (recommended for ages 6 and up) were created by animators from Belgium, Canada, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, and the U.S.

Highlights include About a Mother, a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, Disney/Pixar’s sweet Piper, and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey Pearl by Academy Award® winner Patrick Osborne.