Preschool Programs


The Speed Art Museum offers a number of programs for early learners to enjoy and explore the museum. From tours to workshops to Planet Preschool, there is something for every preschooler!


Preschool Drop-in Tours

Second Sunday of the month and select weekdays, 2:15 pm
Meet in Atrium
Bring your preschooler (ages 2-5) to the Speed Art Museum for a fun and educational tour designed specifically for early learners! A variety of different tours are available to appeal to your little one’s interests. Encourage your child’s inner art lover with a memorable experience at the Speed! Free with museum admission.

Upcoming Dates

Colors and Shapes Tour

Thursday, November 15, 10:30 am
Explore the Speed Art Museum’s collection and search for different colors and shapes in artworks. Enjoy matching and sorting colors and shapes on this fun, interactive tour!

Five Senses Tour
Sunday, December 9, 2 pm
Explore the Speed’s collection using your five senses! Imagine what you would touch, see, smell, hear, and taste if you could climb inside our artworks.

Story Time Tour
Friday, December 14, 10:45 am
Join Speed Art Museum educators for a literary adventure around the museum! This tour will link favorite children’s books with works in the museum’s collection to encourage language development and spark lively conversations.


Preschool Workshops

Prototype Lab
Looking for something new and interesting to do with your preschooler? Early learners (ages 2-5) will enjoy exploring the Museum and expressing their creativity. Each workshop begins with a tour of the Museum’s galleries, followed by a hands-on art making activity. A parent or guardian must register with the child and remain with them throughout the workshop.
$10 member parent + child / $16 non-member parent + child

Nature All Around Me
Thursday, November 8, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Beauty exists all around us – you just have to look for it! See how artists throughout history have drawn inspiration from nature and then design your own masterpiece using natural materials.

Colorful Connections
Saturday, January 26, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Search for different colors in artworks and learn about how artists use color while exploring the museum’s contemporary art collection. Then create a colorful masterpiece of your own while learning about color mixing!

My Five Senses
Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
We use our five senses to learn about the world around us, and this exciting workshop incorporates all of them! We will explore the galleries and imagine what we would see, touch, taste, smell, and hear in different artworks then complete an art-making activity that engages our senses!


Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

Professional development opportunities are available for early childhood educators who work with children who have not yet entered kindergarten. Workshops can be scheduled at the museum or at your early childhood center. These workshops are led by a certified trainer and count towards annual training requirements. Topics range from how young children learn through art to best practices in early childhood art education and can be customized to suit your needs. Discounts are available for teachers who serve low to moderate income children.
Questions about Early Childhood Professional Development or Preschool Programs? Contact Lucy Kacir at

Support for early childhood programming is provided by the PNC Foundation.