Wacky Wednesdays: Free, fun, family-friendly summer event series

Child playing in the interactive gallery.

Child playing in the interactive gallery. (Source: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art)

Are you looking for something to get your kids out of the house during the summer break? Join us at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for a free, fun, family-friendly summer of art and film in our Wacky Wednesday Summer Series.

Every Wednesday from 10 am until 12 pm in June and July, independent and international children’s short films and animated versions of beloved classics are shown in the Brooks auditorium. Families also have the opportunity to make art together in our drop-in studio.

Several of the films are made by independent animators and directors from all over the world and are movies children rarely get to see.

The children’s short films July schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 1
    • Morningbird and Murmelton on Winter Holiday (Norway), One Cool Friend (USA), Wild About Books (USA), Walkin’ the Dog (Hungary), The Dot (USA), Bitseller (Spain).
  • Wednesday, July 8
    • Planting a Rainbow (USA), My Garden (USA), Linnea in Monet’s Garden (USA).
  • Wednesday, July 15
    • The Curious Garden (USA), Pet Show! (USA), Tumble Leaf: Shiny Coins and Tumble Leaf: Fig Finds a Shadow, Relax (USA), Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator (USA).
  • Wednesday, July 22
    • Giraffes Can’t Dance (USA), Elizabeti’s Doll (USA), The Trompeteer (Mexico), Ada and Otto (Estonia).
  • Wednesday, July 29
    • The Elephant and the Bicycle (Belgium/France), The Present (Germany), Fresh Out of School (France), Silent (USA), A Picture for Harold’s Room (USA),The Trip (USA), Extra Yarn (USA).

Previouly shown films:

  • Wednesday, June 3
    • Cloudette (USA, 2013), The Mobile (Mexico), Zebra (Germany), Art (USA), Harold and the Purple Crayon (USA), Sandra Boynton’s Alligator Stroll (USA), Super Spiny Shiny Grocey Store (Taiwan).
  • Wednesday, June 10
    • Little Matryoshka (Turkey), Where the Wild Things Are (USA), Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (USA), Crazy Hair Day (USA), Leonardo the Terrible Monster (USA).
  • Wednesday, June 17
    • The Ant and the Grasshopper (USA), Antarctic Antics (USA), The Pink Helmet Posse (USA), Decorations (Japan).
  • Wednesday, June 24
    • The Magic Ferret (Canada), How Shammies Were Getting Married (Latvia), Birdwatching (Portugal), All the Colors of the Earth (USA), Little Ruddy (Latvia).

This summer is really special as we explore play and art and celebrate our special exhibition the Art of Video Games. There is an interactive gallery space just for kids!

Families in the interactive gallery during a Wacky Wednesday event.

Families in the interactive gallery during a Wacky Wednesday event. (Source: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art)

Wacky Wednesdays are very popular and usually bring in a large crowd, so keep that in mind!

Our Wacky Wednesday series provides a creative outlet during the summer for families, as well as, day camps and child care centers.

As a reminder, if you are part of a daycare center for school, every visit to Brooks Museum is free as long as you make reservations. Click here for more information.

Wacky Wednesdays are open for groups of up to 60 students, and one chaperone is required for every eight students. All our galleries are open for kids to explore during and after the events happening downstairs.

Kids at the Art of Video Games exhibition.

Kids at the Art of Video Games exhibition. (Source: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art)

Your family is always welcome at The Brushmark Restaurant, but we are asking you to help us preserve the artwork by not bringing in outside food and drinks. Click here to see the children’s menu. 

Click here to learn more about Brooks Museum’s events for kids and families.

Wacky Wednesdays Summer Series is sponsored by Thomas & Betts.

The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.

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