Family & Children

Explore the collections and special exhibitions of the Norton Simon Museum through engaging tours, hands-on workshops and lively performances designed to inspire and delight the whole family. Please see below for descriptions of our family programs, and click here for more information about upcoming events. Questions? Contact our education department at [email protected] or (626) 844-6980.

Family Days

Join us for dynamic gallery tours and fun art-making projects on select Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. For families with children ages 4-10.

Family Art Nights

Spark your children’s creativity with an evening art activity related to the Museum’s collection. Held on the second Friday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For families with children ages 6-10.

Stories in the Afternoon

The perfect way to introduce young children to the museum, this program brings together story-time and art-making in the galleries. Held on the first and last Sunday of every month from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. For families with children ages 4-8.

Young Artists' Workshop

Discover new art in the galleries and then create your own remarkable works of art under the guidance of a professional artist. Held once a quarter on Saturdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. For families with children ages 8-12.

Thursday Summer Fun

This summer program features themed tours and art projects sure to inform and delight. Held on select Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Family Festivals

Visual and performing artists celebrate art from the collections in these annual weekend performances meant to engage and entertain both children and their parents. 


The museum also offers the following guides for your visit.

Family Audio Tour

Experience the Museum through an audio tour that provides an informative and entertaining way to learn about the European and Asian collections. More than 35 artworks are featured on the tour, with lively commentary, engaging questions and even the occasional joke.

Guides are available in English and Spanish for $3.00.

A Pocket-Sized Family Guide to the Norton Simon Museum

Pick up a free pocket-sized guide for families, packed with intriguing questions and fascinating facts about the Museum’s paintings and sculptures. Guides for both the European and Asian art collections are available at the Information Desk in the Main Entrance gallery.