Season of Play!

Join us for a Season of Play!

September 16 – December 29, 2017

Through exhibitions, public programs, hands-on activities, and community partnerships, the Art Center’s Season of Play will provide community members with the opportunity to participate in all types of play, as well as to learn how integral play is to the intellectual growth and physical and emotional well-being of individuals at every stage of development. Our Season of Play will also highlight the role of play in advancing innovation, in particular that which has shaped Palo Alto over the last several decades.

All events are FREE and at the Palo Alto Art Center unless otherwise stated.

Friday Night at the Art Center
Friday, September 15, 7-10 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Play!, and help us kick off our Season of Play. This event will feature mini golf, balloon art, a fairy, free stickers, a cash bar, art activities, Mister Softee, interactive installations, and so much more. Come play with us!

Play! Family Date Night: Build a Fort
Friday, September 22, 7-8:15 p.m.
Children’s Library
Registration required.

Palo Alto Community Health Fair
Saturday, September 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Start the school year off right at the Palo Alto Community Health Fair at Palo Alto City Hall and King Plaza. This FREE event is open to all ages and offers information on Health, Fitness, and Nutrition in a fun, festive atmosphere. The event features a speaker's series, health screenings, group exercise classes, interactive booths, a scavenger hunt, prizes and much more. The Art Center will be collaborating with Jefunira Camp to bring playful activities for all ages!

Inventing Fun: Family Workshop
Sunday, September 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Use design thinking to re-invent your family’s play. In this two-hour workshop family members will interview each other for insight, synthesize findings into compelling needs, ideate radical design alternatives, and prototype new play experiences. No design skills are needed. Prototyping materials will be provided. Note: All family members who are participating must register; one adult per family is required to register.
Registration required.

An Evening of Pinball for Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Members
Wednesday, October 11, 6-8 p.m.

Play! Family Day
Sunday, October 15, 2-4:30 p.m.
Join us for a playful afternoon with hands-on art activities and performances, inspired by the current exhibition Play! Art activities are appropriate for ages 5 through adult.
No registration required.

Stop Motion Animation for Families: Family Workshop
Sunday, October 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Does your family enjoy discovering technology and love movies? Animators create exciting stories, fantastical characters and develop collaborative skills while making stop-motion movies. Stop-motion techniques involve developing imaginative story ideas, problem-solving, hands-on creation via clay sculpture or drawing. Planning, computer and camera skills, and teamwork will be a focus of this fun family workshop.
Registration required.

International Games Day
Thursday, November 2, 4-6 p.m.
The Drop Teen Center at Mitchell Park Library and Community Center
More than one thousand libraries and communities around the world will showcase gaming programs of all kinds during International Games Day. Play or compete with other teens for prizes on console game systems, Ping-Pong tables, air hockey, pool, card games, board games, mini golf and more!
Registration required.

Teen Takeover: November 3, 2017
Friday, November 3, 6-9 p.m.
An after-hours party for teens only, including art making, music, and games, with a focus on remembering to take the time to play! Mini Golf holes, artist-designed pinball, and lots of other surprises.
No registration required.

Intergenerational Play Date
Saturday, December 2, 1-3 p.m.
Join the Palo Alto Art Center, Avenidas, and Youth Community Service for a free Intergenerational Play Date at the Art Center. The event will feature a tour of our current exhibition, Play!, and board games, card games, and pinball. All ages are welcome.

Mini Golf Challenge
The Art Center invites you to create a mini golf hole to be played at several of the above special events. For more information contact

Tropical Holiday Family Day
Sunday, December 10, 2-4:30 p.m.
Join us for a creative afternoon of hands-on artmaking projects, with a tropical performance! Come and make flamingos, pineapples and tropical leaves. Art activities are appropriate for ages 5 through adult.
No registration required.


Last Updated: Nov 17, 2017