Kids show off their UMOCA art projects; photo courtesy of UMOCA.

Why should kids have all the fun? You can show off your art skills, too.

Every second Saturday, UMOCA hosts Family Art Saturdays, where kids AND grown-ups drop by to make free take-home projects, anytime from 2 to 4 p.m.

“We generally tie the project to whatever exhibition we have running,” says Jared Steffensen, curator of education. Through May 31, the exhibit is do it, where 12 artists developed instructions for other artists to interpret their own ways to create new artwork. So even though it’s a traveling exhibit, the art is different each time.

On May 10, make your own do it masterpiece by creating a painting based on a set number of colors in a set number of blocks on a sheet of paper. June’s project, also based on do it, will give kids and parents the chance to create their own art instructions, and then swap to see how those instructions are interpreted.

Once you’ve got your creative fix, take the kids through the exhibit to see the pros’ work. “It brings up a nice conversation between parents and kids,” Steffensen says. “You can say ‘These are the instructions, how would you do it differently?’ And they’ll start to think about what it means to be creative within instructions.”

Starting June 27, you can bring the kids to learn about another culture, as UMOCA debuts Bikuben, a contemporary exhibit featuring Danish artists.

If you have toddlers or babies, take them on a Stroller Tour, the second Wednesday of the month starting at 9:30 a.m. “We open the museum to parents with young children before we’re actually open,” Steffensen says. “That way, they don’t have to worry about kids crying or being upset or if they need to leave or feed them.”

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-328-4201,

EXTRA: UMOCA is teaming up with Discovery Gateway in July and August for artsy camps for your second/third grader or fourth/fifth grader.

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