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Participants at MCA Family Day April 13, 2019 Photo: Grace Duval, © MCA Chicago

Photo: Grace Duval, © MCA Chicago

Virtual Family Day: Reset

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About the Event

Start 2021 with Chicago artists. January is the time to reset your calendar and your thinking, to remember, reflect, and reconnect to what is most important.

Handmade Memory: A Homemade Play-dough Workshop

10–11 am on Facebook Live

What have you made with your hands in the last year? What possibilities for the new year do you hold in your hands? Explore these questions with artist Anna Showers-Cruser as they demonstrate how to make homemade playdough sculptures in this hands-on, all-ages livestream at 10–11 am.

If you would like to make playdough along with Anna during the livestream, please gather cornstarch, water, baking soda, food coloring beforehand. You can also review the recipe and instructions to make playdough at home anytime in Anna's activity guide.

New at-home activity guides for families are added to our Learning Resources page monthly.

C.A.M.P. Storytelling Workshop

11 am–noon on Zoom, registration required

Chicago families are invited to join MCA, Chicago Park District staff, and Chicago artists for a storytelling workshop finding creativity and inspiration in your neighborhood. Learn what cultural asset mapping is and how it can help us celebrate the creative richness of every Chicago neighborhood. Workshops take place the second Saturday of each month from 11–am noon. Register for the workshop on Jan 9.1

please note this workshop is only open to families who live in Chicago

Check out the January newsletter. Subscribe to our monthly Family Programs Newsletter to stay up-to-date on upcoming virtual family activities!


A large group of children and adults gather around a freestanding doorway-like sculpture in a brightly lit gallery space.

Artist-led activities on Family Days invite families to explore contemporary art together. Family Day

Photo: Joshua Longbrake © MCA Chicago

The MCA is a great place for families to connect with contemporary art. We offer experiences that redefine the way that kids and families explore and create art together.


Support for Family Programs is provided in part by the MCA Women’s Board Family Education Initiative.