Southern Utah Museum of Art offers summer fun for kids during day, adults at night

Participants in the Southern Utah Museum of Art's summer "Family Days," Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Families looking to spend time together this summer are invited to take part in a number of free activities at the Southern Utah Museum of Art.

The Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

Several family-oriented programs and activities are scheduled throughout the summer. In addition, a new SUMA After Hours program will feature Friday evening programs for adults on the last Friday of each month in June, July and August.

Here’s a look at each of the scheduled programs and activities, all of which are free and open to the public. The museum is located at 13 S. 300 West in Cedar City.

Family Days: June 16, Aug. 18

On two Saturday afternoons, families are welcome to visit the museum between 2-4 p.m. for special kid-friendly activities. For the first Family Day event, families can create their own watercolor landscapes inspired by the “George Smith Dibble: A Revolutionist for Modern Art in Utah” exhibition, on display at the museum through June 30.

For the Aug. 18 activity, families can experiment with monoprints, a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be printed one time. Families can find ideas for their designs when exploring the “James Surls: Across the Universe Divide” exhibition.

Create Playdates: June 19, July 31, Aug. 21

Participants in the Southern Utah Museum of Art’s summer “Create Playdates,” Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

Create Playdates feature storytime and related activities for preschool children ages 3 to 5. All events take place at 11 a.m., and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Storytime books to be featured include “Meet Me at the Museum” by David Goldin on June 19, “A Line Can Be” by Laura Ljungkvist on July 31 and “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt on Aug. 21.

After each storytime, children are encouraged to participate in hands-on activities inspired by the book.

SUMA Birthday Bash: July 7

To celebrate the opening of “James Surls: Across the Universe Divide” and SUMA’s second anniversary, the museum has scheduled family activities for the afternoon of July 7 from 1-4 p.m. These activities include a make-and-take activity in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson classroom and a collaborative sculpture project on the Sam and Diane Stewart Family Foundation Plaza.

Families can also enjoy live music, eat birthday cake and learn about the new Friends of SUMA Families membership and mascot.

SUMA After Hours: June 29, July 27, Aug. 31

In conjunction with the Cedar City Arts Council’s Final Friday Art Walks program, SUMA is starting a new program for adults called SUMA After Hours. On the last Friday evening of each summer month, the museum will host free activities for community members age 18 and older, including live performances, watercolor and jewelry demonstrations and stand-up comedy. The event runs from 5-8 p.m. each of the three evenings.

SUMA is also offering yoga on select Thursdays through the summer and “Art Adventures,” where participants will explore their love of art in the outdoors.

For more information on SUMA’s adult programs, go the SUMA Adult Programs webpagecall 435-586-5432 or send an email to experiencesuma@suu.edu.

For more information about the SUMA birthday bash and summer family programs, click here.

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