Frye Art Museum

Small Frye: Storytelling in the Galleries for children 3-5 years old

First Fridays, 11:15– 11:45 am

Classic children’s stories and contemporary favorites are brought to life in the Frye galleries for children three-to-five years old and their parents or caregivers.

Through stories and characters, Small Frye introduces children to a wide variety of words and sounds that will prepare them for reading and writing. Movement and play are incorporated into story time, fostering creative thinking and problem solving in an interdisciplinary environment.

After story time, explore artworks and exhibitions in our galleries and enjoy kid-friendly snacks in the Frye Café.

Small Frye is presented by the Frye Art Museum in partnership with Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Upcoming Events

Small Frye is a free program presented the first Friday of each month from 11:15 to 11:45 am. Admission to the Frye is free and free parking is available.

Tips for Parents and Caregivers at Small Frye Programs

Strollers, Backpacks, and Diaper Bags

You may bring a frontal carrier into the Museum. Strollers should be parked in the Rotunda and diaper bags and backpacks checked at the Information Desk.

Look But Please Don’t Touch

Help us preserve these works of art for future generations. Please make sure your children do not touch the artwork. A good general rule is to stand at least three feet away from a work of art.

Take it Easy!

Viewing a few artworks with young children on a single visit is a great introduction to the world of art. Looking closely at two or three works of art is an enriching activity.


The Museum Cafe serves kid-friendly food and high chairs are available. Food purchased in the café must be eaten there or be wrapped to-go. Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate brown-bag lunches and snacks. Food and liquids are not permitted in the galleries.

Need a Restroom?

All of the restrooms in the Museum are equipped with diaper-changing stations.

Museum Store

The Museum Store carries all the books on the Small Frye reading list, as well as toys and other fun items related to the collections and exhibitions.

View some additional tips and guidelines for visiting the Frye.

Have fun and enjoy your visit!

Photo: Greg Plumis


Registration is not required for this free drop-in program.

Preschools, please book a group reservation: 206 432 8211 or