Cultivate your child's artistic curiosity with free thematic art workshops led by local artists, art organizations, and UChicago students. Families can sample a range of activities for ages 2–12 through hour-long sessions led by local artists. See below for ticket information and the full schedule.
Family Saturdays 2018/19 Dates
From Cool Sculptures to Rhythm and Blues
Sat, Oct 6, 2–4:30pm / Free
The Logan Center for the Arts and the Smart Museum are teaming up to celebrate sculptor Virginio Ferrari and the second annual Logan Center Bluesfest. Ferrari has graced the City of Chicago and especially Hyde Park with his sweeping bronze sculptures, playful concrete spheres, and stainless steel “stages” for many years. At the Smart Museum, delve into Ferrari’s process and design, draw, and make models for your own visionary sculptures in the city. Then, use your designs to build your sculptures out of cardboard, plaster, wood, and metal. The afternoon also features docent-led walking tours of Ferrari’s sculptures on the UChicago campus and a special performance by dancer and choreographer Irene Hsiao that responds to Ferrari’s bronze sculpture Dialogo (1971). Plus, join in free workshops happening across campus as part of the second annual Logan Center Bluesfest.
Free All materials provided. Activities best for kids ages 4–12, accompanied by an adult.
The Circle of Life
Sat, Nov 3, 2–4:30pm / Free
The Life/Death cycle has been honored in nearly every culture in the world. This November, join the Logan Center in partnership with the Chicago International Children's Festival as we take a moment during this season of transition to remember your loved ones who are no longer with us in physical form as we use visual art, film and movement to imagine the many ways to keep their legacy alive while giving birth to new spirits and new ways of life.
A Kidpreneur Holiday
Sat, Dec 1, 2–4:30pm / FreeThis holiday, take a moment to support young ambitious artists and business owners as we provide a platform for kidpreneurs and family run businesses. Shop at our kidpreneur vending market, ask questions at our kidpreneur panel and develop your next big idea in our creativity station.
Cool Kids: A celebration of youth in tech
Sat, Jan 5, 2–4:30pm / Free
Technology is all around us and todays youth are at the very center of the explosion. Join Logan Center Family Saturdays for an afternoon full of young techies, innovation, and new ideas produced for and by the brightest of minds. Featuring short films from Chicago artist Brandon Breaux + more.
Dance for the Culture
Sat, Feb 2, 2–4:30pm / Free
Meet us on the dance floor in February as we learn moves that sit at the heart of many cultures. Take family-friendly dance classes with international flair, enjoy live instrumentation and exchange your favorite dance moves from popular culture.
Sat, March 2, 2–4:30pm / Free
Children’s books have been the bedrock of many of our childhoods. Help Logan Center Family Saturdays continue this tradition as we take an afternoon to celebrate the whimsical authors who provide us with creative children’s stories and equally beautiful illustrations that transport us into another time and place.
Sat, April 6, 2–4:30pm / Free
This April Logan Center Family Saturday will celebrate one of the most prominent elements of Hip-hop DJing. Families will learn the history of DJing, experiment with turntables, explore the science of sound and learn the fundamentals of scratching! Rock out with us from the dance floor to the booth!
Sat, May 4, 2–4:30pm / Free
Say Cheese! Photography is the universal language of this generation. Join us for a Family Saturday centered around paying homage to important photographers and capturing the essence of your family members while savoring the moments that matter.
Woke Young Folk
Sat, June 1, 2–4:30pm / Free
Young people are becoming more and more aware and attentive to the important issues facing their futures. Our June Family Saturday places a focus on youth who are taking a stand in their communities and the world utilizing the arts as a catalyst for change.
Registration to Family Saturdays is encouraged. Reserve tickets by phone at 773.702.ARTS or online at ticketsweb.uchicago.edu
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The Logan Center Family Saturdays and Family Saturday Festivals are made possible through the support of the Milken Institute, Michael and Patricia Klowden, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, and friends of the Logan Center, as well as partnerships with local and national arts organizations and performing artists.