ALBANY ─ Fall Family Day returns to the Albany Museum of Art 10 a.m.-noon this Saturday.

About 200 participants are expected to turn out for the free event, which is a longstanding partnership of the Albany Recreation and Parks Department and the AMA.

Kristin Caso, marketing and special events coordinator for the rec department, said that once again kids — and their parents — will be able to participate in games, chalk art and fun art projects. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

“It’s a fun event for families to just get together and have a great time, and it’s always free of charge,” Caso noted.

The projects will be “mostly fall-oriented,” Caso said. “Some are put-together projects, and others are coloring. They’ll make turkey coasters. They’re adorable. The turkey even has a little pilgrim’s hat on it.

“We even have a few Christmas ones we’re going to sneak in. You know, it’s never too early for Christmas.”

Other activities will include an art scavenger hunt and “temporary tattoos,” Caso said.

“Kids love those temporary tattoos,” she noted.

Caso said she hopes it will be a cool, clear fall day, because some outside activities are planned. Participants can take chalk to the sidewalk path outside the AMA, and Caso said there are plans for games such as potato-sack racing and tug-of-war.

“It should be a lot of fun,” she said.

Chloe Hinton, director of programming and education for the AMA, said Family Day is a great opportunity for families to engage in time together and to view museum exhibits, which will be open during the event.

“We want everyone to come in and have a great time,” she said. “While they’re here, we encourage them to walk through and enjoy our exhibitions.”

Exhibitions that will be open include “Home Tour” in the Haley Gallery, “Brian Dettmer: Selective Collective Memories” in the East Gallery, and the Georgia Artists Guild of Albany’s 25th annual Juried Art Competition in the West Gallery.

No reservations are required, and the event is free to participants, Hinton said.

“Admission to the museum and its exhibits always is free,” she noted.

Also, those who want to get an early start on Christmas shopping can browse the Haley Regional Sales Gallery, where locally created artwork and jewelry, as well as other items, are for sale.

Caso and Hinton said Family Day, which is conducted each spring and fall, is a perfect time for families to spend quality time doing things together and enjoy great art.

The Albany Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

For more information about the AMA please visit the www.albanymuseum.com website or call (229) 439-8400.

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