MCD Programs

Get creative at MCD! Led by our educational team with local artists, designers and makers, we offer monthly programs where you can explore hands-on projects around 3D design and printing, found object environments, upcycled jewelry, trending crafts and much, much more. We offer a variety of programs for both kids and adults. Learn more below or check out our upcoming programs here!

Kid's Educational Programs

The Museum of Craft and Design offers a variety of programming for kids that focuses on learning about artistic techniques. Our kid’s programs always include a hands-on opportunity for kids to explore their creativity in a supervised environment. Most of our kid’s programs are held in the John and Robyn Horn MakeArt Lab in the museum, others are conducted in appropriate locations in and around San Francisco.

Please contact us at 415.773.0303 for information about special events and programs.

Join us in the MakeArt Lab for one of our fun 2-hour workshops! Participants will receive in-depth instruction on a specific craft project and enjoy a kid-friendly tour of the gallery when relevant to the day’s activity. A healthy snack break in the middle keeps creative minds sharp!
Ages 6-12; younger kids may need some parental assistance
Monthly, Saturday afternoons
$10 non-member / $5 MCD members

Advance, online registration strongly recommended. Will accept drop-ins until 1:35, space permitting
Snack, tour (where applicable), and supplies included.

Bring the whole family to Museum of Craft and Design for Family Day! These quarterly, drop-in events feature activities that will appeal to all ages and can be created together, or individually.

All ages welcome!
Saturday afternoons
Free with museum admission – Online RSVP appreciated
Supplies included

MCD is out in the neighborhood! Drop-in and get to making during one of these 90-minute library workshops. Projects are a bit simpler in scope to allow for your schedule and creativity level.

Generally, appropriate for kids aged 4-14; parental assistance may be required for younger kids.

Saturday afternoons
Free to all –Online RSVP appreciated
Supplies included

MCD often participates in community events, such as the MakerFaire, Exploratorium Market Days, and local street festivals and fairs. Swing by our booth to participate in a free, hands-on activity. Be sure to check our website for details on the next one!

All ages welcome, on a drop-in basis

Price of entry varies, activity itself is always freeOnline RSVP appreciated
Supplies included

Check out upcoming kid programs

Programs for Adults

The Museum of Craft and Design offers a variety of programming for adults, ranging from hands-on workshops to artist lectures and community events. Through our programs you will engage with leading artists and thinkers in the field of contemporary craft and design.

For more information about special events and programs contact Charlotte Jones at or 415.773.0303 

Drop by on the second Thursday of the month for one of our hands-on crafting events led by local artists and makers. We get creative after hours while enjoying themed drinks, music, and snacks. Meet new people, or bring your friends–MCD Craft Labs always make for a good time!

21+ only, please.
2nd Thursday evening of each month
$13 non-member crafters / $10 for event access (without craft) / $5 MCD members
Adult beverages, snacks, supplies, and after-hours exhibition access included. Prices may vary.

These half-day workshops are your opportunity to engage with exhibition-featured designers and experts in the field. From 3D design and printing, to sign painting and calligraphy, these hands-on projects allow the exploration of both emerging and traditional techniques in craft and design.

Saturday afternoons
Price varies (Usually $25 non-museum members / $15 MCD members)
Workshop, supplies, light refreshments, and exhibition access included. Prices may vary.

Learn more about the people and concepts featured at MCD through our series of in-gallery lectures, conversation circles, and speaker panels. We welcome guest curators, exhibition artists, and related presenters to discuss their work and processes, as well as answer audience questions.

Weekday evenings /Saturday afternoons
$10 non-members / $5 students/seniors / members FREE
Lecture, light refreshments, and exhibition access included. Prices may vary.

Grab a beverage and some popcorn for a relaxing evening of craft and design! Presenting documentary, feature, and independent film screenings right within our galleries. Special thanks goes to our neighbors at Thatcher’s Gourmet Popcorn for sponsoring our snack bar and supporting Dogpatch cultural events.

Weekday evenings
$8 non-members / $6 students/seniors / members FREE
Adult beverages, popcorn, and after-hours exhibition access included. 

Check out upcoming programs

Exclusive MCD Member Events

As an MCD member, you have the opportunity to join us on exclusive tours and trips regionally and internationally. We are continually crafting new behind the scenes explorations of the handcrafted and digitally made. Past events have included brunches or cocktail parties in renowned art collectors’ homes, tours of the inspiring artwork at places like the Pace Gallery, Oliver Ranch,Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert and international group trips to Berlin, Netherlands, Cuba and more! Check out our upcoming member events here!

Not a member? Join MCD today and learn more about the experiences you can be part of!