Programs for Kids

The Museum of Craft and Design offers a variety of programming for children, both at our Museum in the MakeArt Lab and in partnership with organizations across the city such as public libraries.

Our children's programs focus on learning about artistic techniques and always include an opportunity for kids to explore their creativity hands-on in a supervised environment.

For details about group tours, please call 415-773-0303.


MakeArt Workshop: Laminated Collage Bookmarks

Saturday, September 27, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd St, San Francisco

Free to members/$10 for non-members.
For children ages 8-12, children 6-7 welcome accompanied by adults.

Go Back to School in style with your own handmade bookmark. 
Using a variety of papers, cord, beads and charms, create a one-of-kind,
keepsake bookmark that reflects your personality. Be sure to bring a friend so
you can create together!


Family Day at Building 640 in the Presidio

Saturday, October 11, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30p.m.

(Military Intelligence Service
Historic Learning Center, 640 Old Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129)
In partnership with the National Japanese American Historical Society

Join the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) and the National Japanese American
Historical Society (NJAHS) for a family tour of the Military Intelligence Service
Historic Learning Center. In coordination with Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order
9066 on exhibit at MCD, learn about the headquarters from where General DeWitt
orchestrated the implementation of Executive Order 9066, as well as other buildings
in the Presidio that are significant in Japanese American history. Participate in craft
activities for all ages, and bring a picnic to enjoy should the weather permit!

Photo Credit: Tag Project, Partial installation view
at San Diego State University,
Paper, string and ink,

Each approximately 11’ x 2’ in diameter
Kevin J. Miyazaki


MakeArt Workshop at Potrero Public Library.
September 13, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Potrero Branch Library
1616 20th Street, San Francisco
For children ages 6-12, parental assistance encouraged

Learn to craft a paper plant arrangement! Cutting skills or parent/adult
assistance are necessary for this project. Drop by the Museum of Craft and
Design to see the exhibition that inspired this activity, Joe Brubaker and The Exquisite Gardeners: A Visible Transparency Project, on view through September 21.


MakeArt workshop: Miniature Assemblages

Saturday, August 23, 2014

1:30 - 3:30 PM
For children ages 8-12, children 6-7 welcome accompanied by adults.

Free to members, $10 for non-members.
Join us for a brief tour of “Joe Brubaker and The Exquisite Gardeners:
The Visible Transparency Project” installation and be inspired to create!
We will use a variety of found objects and repurposed materials to make
unique three dimensional works of art, ready to display in your home.
There is a long and rich tradition of using old materials in unexpected

ways to create exciting new works! What will you come up with?


MakeArt Workshop: Sock Muppets with Joan Herlinger

Saturday, July 26, 2014
1:30 - 3:30 PM
For children ages 8-12, children 6-7 welcome accompanied by adults

Free to members, $10 for non-members

What do you get when you mix a sock puppet and a muppet? A sock
muppet! Join muppet maker Joan Herlinger in a fun afternoon designing your
own sock muppet, and learn to bring it to life! Snack will be provided.

Kidsfest Creative Arts Festival

Saturday, July 26th 2014
FREE Event
Flax Art and Design
1699 Market Street
SF, CA 94103

Abracadabra Alakazam! Stop by our drop-in booth for the opportunity to make
your own magic wand for this year's Medieval themed Kidsfest.


Family Day: Paper Poetry Garden
Saturday, July 19, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Free with admission, for families of all ages

Our July Family Day is inspired by our summer exhibition, Joe Brubaker and The Exquisite Gardeners: A Visible Transparency Project. Joe's work has been described as "art that sparkles, shines and exists for its own sake like a three-dimensional poem." Take a self-guided tour of the exhibitions, then make a 3D paper poetry flora using recycled books and book art techniques. Combine your family's creations to make your own poetry garden.
Family Day is a drop-in program, and our classroom fills up quickly! To avoid
waiting, please come early or call in advance to check our crowding status.

Reimagined Costume Jewelry Accessories

Saturday, June 28, 2014
1:30 - 3:30 PM
For children ages 8 - 12
Children ages 6-7 welcome accompanied by an adult
Free for members/$10 for non-members
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco

Begin this workshop with a tour of Jennifer Crupi: A Display of Gestures,
an exhibition of 15 wearable artworks in metal exploring body language
and communication. Then spend the afternoon deconstructing costume
jewelry from our treasure trove. Design, layer, and fasten the jewelry
together to create one-of-a-kind accessories. Snack provided.  



MakeArt Workshop at the Potrero Public Library

Saturday, June 14, 2014
1616 20th Street, San Francisco
4:00 - 5:30 PM
For children ages 6-12,
Parental assistance encouraged

Inspired by our current exhibition of works in cardboard, Elevated Corrugated,
join MCD for a free drop-in workshop making fun accessories from cardboard.
Cut, bend, tape, glue, and embellish your way to your favorite accessory. 
REGISTRATION HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Workshops are subject to fill; if you
haven't registered please call in advance to confirm openings before walking in.



Wild Cardboard Masks
Saturday, May 24, 2014
1:30 - 3:30 PM
For children ages 8 - 12
Children ages 6-7 welcome accompanied by an adult
Free for members/$10 for non-members
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco

Explore a fun, forgiving, and extremely versatile material: cardboard!
Take a tour of Elevated Corrugated, a group exhibit featuring 12 artists
working exclusively with cardboard. Then get busy cutting and gluing your
way to a wild and crazy cardboard mask. Base yours off a real animal or
make up a creature. Snack will be provided. 


MakeArt Booth at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014
Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, 2014
Stop by our booth and make a super cool balsa wood glider plane!
For families of all ages.  10 - 6PM
San Mateo Event Center, EVENT DETAILS >>





Hardware Jewelry | FREE at the Richmond Library
Saturday, May 10, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Make trendy necklaces and bracelets out of common but unusual bits
of metal from the hardware store. For children ages 8 - 12
Children ages 6-7 welcome accompanied by an adult
Richmond Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond



MakeArt: Felt Faces

Saturday, April 19, 2014
For children ages 8 - 12
Create a self-portrait or a portrait of your favorite animal using felt,
embroidered stitiching and collage.







MakeArt at Earth Day Celebration at CuriOdyssey
Saturday, April 19, 2014
10 - 5 PM
For families of all ages
Join MCD in making earth-friendly repurposed paper envelopes from
old maps, calendars, wrapping paper, etc.




Family Day: Cardboard Ukuleles 

Saturday, April 12, 2014
1 - 4 PM
A drop-in workshop for families of all ages
Free with museum admission, no registration necessary

Spend the afternoon in cardboard heaven! Take your family on a self-guided tour of Elevated Corrugated, a group exhibit featuring 12 artists working exclusively with cardboard. Then work together to hand-craft a cardboard ukulele for your family. You'll never look at cardboard the same.



Rubber Stamp Carving
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Get inspired by our current exhibition Obsessive Reductive, a collection of reductive artwork created by 18 artists. Tour the gallery, then bring your creativity back to the craft Lab to learn how to carve your own rubber stamp.
Students will take home stamp and prints of their final product.




Foam Printing: Free drop-in workshop
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Come by the Potrero Public Library and explore foam printing. Create a design, transfer it to recycled foam, and create a unique print to take home.





Needle Felted Donut Pin Cushions
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Back by popular demand, our second needle felting workshop. Learn to make useful pin cushions in the shape of donuts! Parents please note, this workshop involves the use of sharp needles.




Aluminum Foil Sculpture
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Get inspired by sculpture in this workshop featuring a tour of
A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar. We'll explore different
ways to make sculpture from aluminum foil, including fun face masks!

Family Day: Heat Gun Sculpture
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Get inspired by our exhibition Jerry Takigawa: False Food. Takigawa uses plastic garbage as a theme in his photography. We'll color, cut and melt a variety of plastics, then compose them into a striking sculpture to hang or display at home.


Button Cards at Bayview Opera House 
Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Museum of Craft and Design will join Bayview Opera House for a day of free family portraits and holiday activities. Stop by to get a portrait of your family and let MCD help you create a button greeting card at our craft booth.


Gingerbread Architectural Models
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Back by popular demand! Our second annual gingerbread architectural models workshop. Spend the afternoon designing and building your own model, good enough to eat. Choose from an assortment of fun building materials, such as candy, cookies, banana chips, and hot peppers!





MakeArt at Let it SNoe
A microhood party in Noe Valley sponsored by 
The Bold Italic, presented in partnership with Google Local SF. We'll be making felted acorns! Friday, December 13.





Recycled Plastic Fish Art
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Jerry Takigawa’s photography exhibit False Food examines responsible design by looking at ocean pollution and our connection to the world around us. Engage in an important conversation about the artist’s work, 
then take your discoveries to the Craft Lab to create fish sculptures from 
materials that are often perceived as garbage. During this workshop, learn 
more about SCRAP and East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, important 
organizations in our community that work to repurpose these materials 
and support local educators. Snack included. 


GAK polymers
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Celebrate science month at Potrero Branch Library with a drop-in workshop exploring polymers by mixing white glue and liquid starch. Learn the science behind the slime, then play with this wacky medium! To make the day extra 
special, Potrero Branch Library will teach you how to make plastic bag ice cream. 

Mini wreaths at Bayview Tree Lighting & Holiday Market
Saturday, November 22, 2013
Join MCD at Bayview Opera House for a festive holiday event. Participate in the
traditional lighting of the tree in the BVOH yard, this year list by Supervisor Malia Cohen.
Take your pick of local food and craft vendors, and make your own mini wreath.

Robot Collages
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Drop-in MakeArt workshop for kids at the Bayview Library. Kids will choose from 
piles of hardware and metal objects to create imaginative robot collages to take 
home. This workshop is FREE to the public, for children of all ages, so don’t miss it! 


Needle Felt a Pumpkin
Saturday, October 26, 2013
With Halloween just a few days away, we’ll get in the spirit by needle felting a little pumpkin. Learn the basics of manipulating wool roving and using a felting needle. Use for decoration, or find a practical purpose such as a pin cushion!





Family Day: Balsa Wood Airplanes
Saturday, October 5, 2013
We’re celebrating Fleet Week with an exhibit of Jorb Dubin’s hanging corporate jets! Have your hand in the fun by building a balsa wood airplane. Design one as a family, or make your own.







Flag Banners
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Get inspired about interior design with a tour of our CCA Interior Design Graduate Student exhibit. Then, learn to make a fabric flag banner to
hang on your wall and spice up your own interior!





Pocket Landscapes
Saturday, August 24, 2013
We think you’ll love artist Holly Lane’s landscape paintings so much, you’ll want to pocket one! Never fear, in this workshop you’ll craft your own picturesque 3-D landscape nestled inside a pocketsize tin. Use modeling clay to illustrate a landscape from your imagination, or model yours after California landscapes! Please note: these pieces will benefit from oven-baking at home after the workshop. Snack will be provided.



Poster Art
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Take a tour of Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller, focused on graphic communication! We’ll bring what we’ve learned during the tour to the MakeArt lab and design poster art inspired by Steve Frykholm’s picnic posters! Snack will be provided.


MakeArt Workshop at FLAX: Extra-Terrestrial Kaleidoscopes
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Join the Museum of Craft and Design at FLAX Art & Design's annual Kidsfest! Stop by our booth to create an extra-terrestrial kaleidoscope using shiny, metallic materials!


Hardware Jewelry at Richmond Senator Milton Marks Library
Thursday, July 18, 2013
A drop-in workshop for youth and teens. Create jewelry from hardware.
Learn to make looped necklaces using  ribbon and washers, and create braided
bracelets using twine and washers.


July Family Day: Design a Chair
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Join the Museum of Craft and Design for an afternoon of designing and making with the whole family! Coinciding with the opening of Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller, this workshop will draw inspiration from chairs featured in the exhibition by this iconic manufacturer. Explore the form and function of ergonomics, and build a small-scale chair model alongside your family. Experiment with using a variety of materials, from wire to foam to cardboard.


Elaborate Cardboard Picture Frames
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Spend the afternoon creating an elaborate and decorative picture frame using corrugated cardboard! Learn useful techniques in symmetry and ornamentation to create this dramatic effect!


Balsa Wood Greeting Cards
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Come create with the Museum of Craft and Design at Potrero Branch Library! Craft your own greeting card from a non-traditional material: balsa wood!


Origami Bookmarks
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Join the Museum of Craft and Design for an afternoon of making art at Bayview library! Learn to make a fun and simple bookmark by folding paper into origami. Make and take a few for each of your library books.

MakeArt at Maker Faire: Migajon Miniature Clay Food  

Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19
Join us both days to make Migajon, an Ecuadorian clay made of bread and glue.
We'll mix colors and use Migajon to create miniature non-edible food inspired by the now-trending Japanese craft! Free with Maker Faire admission.



Mini Terrariums
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Get inspired by Rebecca Hutchinson: Affinity, a paper porcelain clay installation suggestive of an unexpected forest! Participate in a group conversation on Hutchinson’s work, then construct your own miniature unexpected forest in the form of a terrarium! Snack will be provided.




Jellyfish Sculpture
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Get inspired by artist Arline Fisch and her wondrous undersea creatures! Take a tour of her exhibition, then sit down in our brand new MakeArt Lab to create your own jellyfish sculpture! Work with wire, fabric, beads, and other upcycled materials. Snack will be provided. Photo: Arline Fisch, Corals (detail), 2009. Photography: William Gullette.





MakeArt at CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point
Sunday, April 21, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day at CuriOdyssey. Look for our MakeArt table!
Create your own critter, or an imaginary menagerie!
We'll be making animals from found objects and recycled materials.


Migajon Miniature Food Crafts
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Learn to make Migajon: an Ecuadorian clay made of bread and glue. As a group we will make a variety of colors of Migajon and distribute the colors equally. Then, use your Migajon to create miniature food inspired by the now-trending Japanese craft! This craft is not edible, so a snack will be provided.


Floral Paper Tube Art 
Friday, March 8, 2013
Fold, cut and glue paper tubes to create beautiful, floral inspired designs. These pieces can be used as wall or table art. No two are alike!

DIY Rubber Band Books
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Learn this simple book-making technique using only two materials: paper and colorful rubber bands. Use your book as a journal, photo album, sticker book or planner!


Valentine's Day Hammer Art 
Saturday, February 9, 2013
We're celebrating our 2013 Valentine's Day with an industrial twist. Create striking Valentine's wall art using a hammer, nails, and lots and lots of string! Snack provided.






Fringe and Finger-knitting
Saturday, January 26 , 2013
Learn to make two different styles of scarves! Transform a recycled t-shirt into a stylish fringe scarf, and learn how to fingerknit a more traditional style of scarf! Snack provided. 


Clay Owls
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Shape and make a clay owl using Model Magic and one tool: a marker!