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de Youngsters Studio

A Space for Families

Located in an area of the de Young that is free and open to the public, the de Youngsters studio is for families with children of all ages, offering activities created for visitors ages 3–8 to explore together with an accompanying adult. The space is open during regular museum hours.

The de Youngsters Studio provides tools for understanding the unique role that visual arts play in fostering children’s innate curiosity and, using examples from the collections of the de Young museum, demonstrates methods to engage with art.The design of the space leverages new technologies to prompt exploration, curiosity, and discovery. In accordance with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the technological components are carefully designed to create open-ended outcomes that are augmented when used with the help of an adult. Each of the areas incorporates these technologies differently; for example, while one employs touch sensors that allow for color mixing on a wall-like surface, another uses cameras that let children virtually place their creations within images of the museum galleries using AR interface.

de Youngsters Studio Discovery Guides

Pick up a free Discovery Guide in the Studio before heading into the collections. You and your child can use the simple questions and creative activities to slow down, look closely, and understand a work of art. Have fun!

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Presenting Sponsor: Koret Foundation. Major Support: Alaska Airlines, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, The Art Party, The Harris Family, and Diane B. Wilsey. Significant Support: Adobe and The William G. Irwin Charity Foundation. Generous Support: William and Gretchen Kimball Fund. Additional support is provided by Daphne and Stuart Wells, Thomas and Shelagh Rohlen, and family and friends in memory of Florence Wong. Creative Partner: fuseproject / Yves Behar. Design Build Partner: Tellart. Additional in-kind support is provided by Kvadrat and Samsung.