Children/Family Program

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer - and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes.

Rated: PG; Running time: 1 hr. 20 min. Recommended for adults and children ages 6 and up.

Open seating, first come, first served.  

As part of our ongoing Share the Wonder programming, the Farnsworth will once again host a gingerbread house decorating workshop. To sign up, please email Please indicate whether you would like to participate in the 10 a.m. or the 11:30 a.m. session and how many participants. $5 suggested donation at the door.


This April break, join other young artists (ages 8 to 11 years) as we explore and build sculptures of all shapes and sizes. Using found materials, students will create small dioramas, a "mystery box" creation, and explore art installation. We will be learning about contemporary sculpture and artists.  Be inspired and come create outside the box! (Parents, please note that we will be using hot glue guns and Xacto knives. Participants should bring work gloves and long sleeved shirts.) Lead by artist and art educator, Trelawney O’Brien. 

Cost: $90 for nommembers, 72 for members.

All ages are invited to come make colorful, light-catching sun catchers to take home. Hang it up in your window and get a head start on spring.

All Family Activity Days are free of charge!


When decorating eggs in the Ukrainian style, designs are drawn on the egg with melted beeswax, which flows from a tool called a Kystka. The eggs are then dipped in a series of dyes and the final pattern is revealed when the wax is removed. The Pysanka, a decorated egg, was common among Slavic peoples as far back as 5,000 B.C. and became deeply important in spring rituals, symbolizing nature’s rebirth. All materials will be provided for this workshop. Space is open to 25 participants and is recommended for families with children 8 years old and up. Adults without accompanying children are welcome to attend as well.

Instructor Lesia Sochor is an artist of direct Ukrainian descent who lives in Brooks, Maine. She learned the ancient spring tradition of decorating Pysanka from her mother and has shared this craft in many workshops throughout the state.

Due to Sunday's blizzard, this workshop will start on Tuesday and a make-up class is scheduled for Friday. The class will meet Tues, Wed and Friday from 9am till noon.

During school vacation week, students (ages 8 to 11 years) will explore the traditional culture of India through art, music and dance.  While learning about India's traditional arts, students will then be inspired to create their own contemporary work. Some of the subject matter we will explore include Rangoli, the Holi Festival, Henna Art, Bollywood, traditional music, and block printing. Taught by artist Trelawney O’Brien who recently travelled to India.

All ages are invited to come make Valentines for their loved ones! Lots of supplies and materials will be available. There’s nothing like receiving a handmade card…

Family activity days are always free at the Farnsworth!


Students learn the process of creating, designing and building their own personal mask. Participants will be expected to use their wildest ideas about creatures and myths when designing their work. Work will be executed sculpting clay, papier-mâché, and wire. We will also be adding our own hand- sewn costumes to create creatures both magical and scary. And as a group, we will also build a large parading puppet. These will be part of the Fall Family Festival Parade, which will depart from the Farnsworth’s sculpture garden at 5:30 p.m. on October 18th in Rockland. Participating students should be old enough to work independently, or have adult supervision.

Join us for a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft activity, music and snacks. Free of charge!
Kids ages 7 to 11 are invited to build “upwards”—which will be this summer’s Artscape theme. Young artists will learn of the many ways that artists solve the problem of building up. Students will dive right into designing their own UP projects, develop and test their own constructs. Mini-field trips into and around the museum will provide additional inspiration toward discoveries about structure and form. Students will use various materials in their additive sculptures from found objects, modeling clay and wooden materials. Artscape will conclude with a gallery exhibit of “UP” works and reception for the artists.