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The National Gallery of Art Welcomes Fall with Activities for Children, Teens, and Families

As autumn approaches the nation’s capital and the school year begins, the National Gallery of Art offers a number of activities and programs for young visitors. The Gallery’s Film Program for Children and Teens promises a taste of international films and varying story lines. Families can also explore the galleries together using the children’s audio tour, which highlights masterpieces from the West Building’s Main Floor galleries, or a family guide and activity booklet to the Italian and Dutch collections, also in the West Building. The world premiere of a new children’s opera, Max and Moritz: A Cartoon Opera in Seven Pranks by Gisle Kverndokk, will take place at the Gallery, and the Sculpture Garden Ice Rink and annual holiday caroling round out the season’s offerings.

With an ongoing schedule of family-friendly activities and shopping—including family workshops, special family weekends, storytelling programs, teen studios, exhibition discovery guides, the Children’s Shop, and casual dining in the Cascade’s Café—visitors of all ages can create memorable experiences at the Gallery.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place in the East Building Auditorium, and seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups are welcome. Food and drink are not permitted. For more information about family programming, visit

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