(Detroit)—Beginning Nov. 25, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday break, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is debuting games for families to play together in the galleries. The games are geared towards ages 3 to 12, with a few specifically tailored for 3 to 5-year-olds. They range from simple matching activities for the youngest visitors to word games that provide friendly competition for the entire family. The games were tested on various age groups so they are all “kid approved.”

Some games require only a pencil and paper while more elaborate ones need to be checked out and returned. Playing the games is free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

“These games are a great way for even our youngest visitors to connect to art,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “Families can engage with each other and have fun at the museum, building a lifelong love of art.”

Games include 10 Art Questions, Art Fortune Teller and Apples to Art, similar to the popular Apples to Apples game. The youngest visitors will enjoy taking a board with pictures of animals on it around the galleries to hunt for those animals in artworks. They can also spin a color wheel to find the color landed on in a work of art.

The new games are in addition to the ever-popular Eye-Spy games that are interspersed throughout museum galleries and are a favorite among all ages.

Museum Hours and Admission

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62+, $6 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.