Messy Art Fest

August 3-4 | 9 a.m.* - 5 p.m.

Push the limits of arts and crafts at the only festival that gives you total permission to get messy! At BADM's Messy Art Fest, kids of all ages will have fun and get messy during creative, hands-on programs.

Get ready for no rules and no clean-up – we'll handle that part!

All-Day Messy Programs

Explore endless ways to get creative!

Sticker Space
Children will transform a completely white “living room” into something bursting with color by adding stickers to child size furniture and décor.

Neon Sculpture Garden
Use neon paint to add your colorful touch to 3D elements in our outdoor sculpture garden.

Mural Dance Party
Contribute to a large scale collaborative mural by painting with your feet! We’ll have music playing to get everyone in the mood for dancing.

Paper Marbling
Create your own marbled paper using shaving cream and liquid watercolors!

Scribble Machines
Make a scribbling machine that bounces, buzzes, and draws!

Spray Bottle Painting
Children will work together to create an artistic masterpiece using liquid watercolor and spray bottles.

Sand Art
Children will experiment with colorful sand to create unique designs.

Ceramic Studio
Explore texture and form by freeform building with natural clay.

Al Fresco Watercolors
Relax in nature and create your own observation watercolors at easels set up around the museum.

Rainbow Slime
Get hands-on with messy rainbow slime at our tactile table!

Still Life Watercolors
Use watercolors to capture the details of everyday objects arranged in a still life.

$1 Off Online Tickets!

Purchase tickets online to receive $1 off each ticket. 

Messy Art Fest is included in the regular price of admission. Buy tickets online to enter through the member line! Tickets are valid every day, except Goblin Jamboree, and never expire. 

*Please note: Saturday from 9-10 a.m. is Member Hour. General admission will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 3.

Museum Hours

Summer Hours
Weekdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.* - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Member Benefits

Messy Art Fest is just one of our fun, family festivals throughout the year that are free for members!

Buy Tickets

Messy Art Fest is included in the regular price of admission. Buy tickets online to enter through the member line! Tickets are valid every day, except Goblin Jamboree, and never expire. 

Volunteer at Messy Art Fest 

Interested in running programs and activities, or assisting in the set up of our popular Messy Art Fest? Join us for one day or a full weekend!