ALL visitors (adults and children) are required to wear socks while present to help maintain the cleanliness of the space. If you forget socks, we offer some for purchase in the i.d.e.a. Shop.
More than just a play space!
ArtVille is an engaging environment designed with the unique requirements of children birth to age 4. Young crawlers to curious toddlers will interact in a town built to cultivate exploration, imagination and creative expression.
ArtVille is included in the museum’s admission fee. Older children may visit but only as helpers, as a consideration to our younger visitors. Please be aware that children may be asked to relocate to another area of the museum if they are playing rough or become disruptive to the safe play of others. Please refer to our guidelines for more information.
Art's Living Room
Children are inspired to develop early literacy skills in this comfortable space with lots of books. Children and caregivers are encouraged to read together.
Children can prepare, cook and serve healthy meals in this colorful, child-size kitchen. Imaginative play promotes social-emotional and language development.
In the garden, children will learn about growing and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables that they will use to prepare meals for their caregivers in Art’s Kitchen.
The Performing Arts Center
Children are able to participate in a stimulating art activity each day that will encourage creative expression, as well as the development of fine motor skills. Activities provide exposure to a variety of new and interesting art materials.
Children can interact and role play in an active, creative environment with changing themes. Children and adults can play instruments, develop rhythm and coordination by listening and interacting with music, and dress up in fun costumes to perform their own play on stage.
This activity area encourages children to build, create and design using a variety of materials such as blocks, Legos, gears, and more. Block play promotes the development of early math skills, problem solving and critical thinking.
Artful Tales every day at 11 a.m.
City Block Center
Artful Tales is a storytelling experience led by the Museum's professionally trained staff that takes place each day at 11 a.m. No pre-registration required; space available is first-come, first-served. Arrive early; free with paid admission.
This central spot in ArtVille provides an opportunity for children and their caregivers to work together to build with oversize, soft, colorful blocks. This space provides an opportunity for children to experience social interaction and learn cooperation and sharing.
In this imaginative play space, children can care for their furry friends just like a veterinarian. Children can look at animal x-rays, groom and feed life-sized stuffed animals, and even practice using a stethoscope.