Announcing Monthly  
Family Fun Days!  

February 13, 2014

Rachel Rogol, 413-542-2295 

Hi-res images available upon request. 

Amherst, MA - By popular demand, beginning Saturday, Feb. 15, the Mead Art Museum will host Family Fun Day on a regular monthly basis. Family Fun Days will take place on the third Saturday every month, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The family-friendly activities for children of all ages are free and open to the public.


"Family Fun Days have been so popular in the past, we decided to make them even more frequent," noted Wendy Somes, Coordinator of Community Programs. The increase is part of the Mead's ongoing mission to connect families, teachers, and community organizations with their local art museum, she said. "We believe that museums are educational AND fun places for families to learn together."


Each month features a different theme designed to engage children and caregivers with the Mead's art collection in a new and fun way. Family Fun Days offer ongoing drop-in craft activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a kid-friendly gallery talk at 1 p.m. led by Mead education staff. The 1 p.m. gallery talks, intended for ages 3 and older, are interactive and include a reading of a thematically linked picture book.


Upcoming dates and themes are:

Saturday, February 15: feasts and medieval life

Saturday, March 15: portraits and costume

Saturday, April 19: animals, nature, and landscapes

Saturday, May 17: color, shapes, and textures

Saturday, June 21: Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading Program kick-off with the Beneski Museum of Natural History and the Jones Public Library


The Mead's Family Fun Days series is made possible by the Friends of the Mead Art Museum.


The Mead Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College, spanning 5,000 years and encompassing the creative achievements of many world cultures. An accredited member of the American Association of Museums, the Mead participates in Museums10, a regional cultural collaboration. The museum and its gift shop-café are open year-round Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The museum offers extended hours during the academic term, staying open until midnight on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.  

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