Special Events

Community Day: The Big Draw

FREE museum and special exhibition admission for youth 17 and under
Sat, Oct 13 | 11am–4pm
Museum-wide and the Main Post Lawn

Join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum with partner The Presidio Trust to celebrate the Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival! This annual family event will take place this year on October 13, 2018 and will celebrate Walt Disney’s contributions to the world of art and drawing with activities throughout the museum and the Presidio’s Main Post (directly in front of the museum). We encourage people of all ages to participate, observe, and enjoy drawing and storytelling in different ways.

The Big Draw Festival 2018 is about letting loose, embracing happy accidents, and, most importantly, having fun! At this year’s event, join us for playful drawing sessions and themed tours through our galleries to learn about how Walt incorporated play in his work and to bring out the playful artist inside you. 


All activities below are FREE
FREE museum and special exhibition admission for youth 17 and under

Bubble Painting and Sidewalk Chalk
Drop-in | 11am–4pm | Front Lawn
Enjoy some outdoor artistic play with a fun bubble-blowing paint activity and some Instagrammable sidewalk chalk. Be sure to tag us using #WDFMBigDraw.

DIY Thaumatrope
Drop-in | 11am–4pm | Learning Center
A thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular over a century ago and was a precursor to early hand-drawn animation techniques. Drop by the Learning Center where our Teen Squad members will instruct you on how to create and play with a thaumatrope.

Plein Air Sketching
Drop-in | 11am–4pm | Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall Walkway
Gather inspiration from the natural beauty and architecture of the Presidio and create your own sketch masterpiece to take home with you. 

Puppet Theater
Drop-in | noon–2pm and 3–5pm | Learning Center
Stop by our Learning Center to build your own fairytale-inspired puppet and play with them on our puppet stage. 

10-minute Puppets with Puppeteer Noel MacNeal
Two workshops: 11am–noon and 2–3pm | Learning Center
Sign up at the welcome table
Puppeteer Noel MacNeal, best known for his role as Bear in Bear in the Big Blue House, will show you how to make simple puppets using everyday materials such as paper, markers, socks, and—most importantly—your playful imagination.

Drop-in | 11am–3:30pm | Theater
Boomwhackers® are tuned percussion instruments that allow for a unique music-making experience for large groups. Join us in the theater to try your hand at playing Boomwhackers® and enjoy the beautiful tunes that we collectively create.

Film Screening | The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
4pm | Theater

Pick up your complementary ticket at the ticket desk
Join two hapless and unwitting characters, Ichabod Crane and Mr. Toad, on their hilarious escapades in this 1949 package feature. Don’t miss the fun with this spooky Halloween classic! (Run time: 68 minutes)

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