Waltham Mills Open Studios is always the first full weekend in November, which usually means it’s the first weekend right after Halloween. The kids are restless after all that excitement, so if you need a fun, free weekend activity to burn off all that energy, well, parents, we at Waltham Mills Open Studios want you to hear it from us: Yes, bring your kids!
Open Studios means you’re visiting real art workspaces, which means there’s going to be a lot of fascinating and unusual tools and materials in these workspaces, as well as finished artwork as well as works-in-progress. Kids won’t be seeing art in a sterile, museum setting, but in personal working art spaces where creativity is happening all the time. Behind every studio door there’s a different experience.
Artists are happy to answer questions and demonstrate what their tools are, how they work, and why they use those tools to make their artwork— so this is a great opportunity for kids to get curious about how art is made, and to ask lots and lots of questions. We encourage it!
“Look but don’t touch” is a good rule of thumb when visiting a studio space, as artwork and materials may be fragile. You can always ask the artist you’re visiting if there’s something you’d like to see more closely or if you want to know how something works. In some cases the artist may be happy for you to play with, feel, or pick up something, but again, be sure to ask first.
In addition to visiting working artist studios, there are plenty of other kid-friendly activities happening throughout Open Studio weekend, including:
Workshops, performances, and demonstrations
We always have a number of artist demonstrations, performances, and workshops happening throughout Open Studios weekend, and the schedule will be posted here on our website as well as in the Open Studios booklet. Not all the demonstrations or workshops might be of interest to kids, but many of them are, so take a look at the schedule to see what might be a good fit for your little ones.
Find Micron, the Art Cat!
A scavenger hunt for kids to find Micron as he hides in different places within the Open Studios buildings. There’s a Micron booklet with hints about where he is hiding, and if you discover his hiding spot you get a sticker!
We’ll have live music from a variety of musicians all weekend, so if the kids are feeling antsy, they can burn off some steam by dancing and bopping to great live music!
We’re looking forward to seeing you all, big and small, at Waltham Mills Open Studios 2019.