The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) (located on Woodward, south of the DIA, at Garfield) hosts Family Day on the third Sunday of every month. My kids and I recently attended our first Family Day and we had an absolute blast! March’s event was titled “Let’s Make Stuff!” and was like a creative free for all. There were art supplies and materials spread across the MOCAD Cafe floor – wire, clay, paper, paint, scissors, ribbons, foam, egg cartons….you name it, it was there! All participants were encouraged to dig right in and work on designing our very own creations.
Inspiration was obtained from artist Julia Stein’s sculptures (on display in the Cafe) and from Julia herself. Julia, and all of the MOCAD volunteers, spent lots of time chatting with the kids, helping them get started, and taking an interest in their projects.
My kids dived right in and were completely engrossed in their projects for almost 3 hours. And since they were having so much fun, I decided to join in and make my own creation! It was great to see my kids so excited about art and even better to get to work alongside them.
I really can’t say enough good things about MOCAD’s Family Day. It is FREE fun for the whole family! Toddlers, teenagers, adults and every age in between – all are welcomed and encouraged to be creative. Check the MOCAD website or Facebook page for info on the next Family Day. Most of the events are held from noon till 4pm, but come and go as your schedule allows. And no need to worry about parking – MOCAD has a secure parking lot located behind the building off of Garfield.