How to Bring Kids to a Museum Without Losing Your Mind
Lots of parents want to expose their children to art as early as possible. But taking kids to a museum or gallery can be challenging, to say the least. Kids want to touch everything, run around, and shout, all which are frowned upon in most art spaces.
The key to a successful museum visit with children is to plan ahead with activities that will keep their interest and make sure the visit doesn’t exceed more than an hour and a half, at most. Visit the museum store before walking through the galleries and have each child pick out three post cards from the collections. Then make a game out of trying to find each artwork. The kids will stay entertained because it is like an art treasure hunt.
Another trick is to ask children to point out colors, patterns, shapes, textures, materials and recognizable images in paintings to encourage discussion and critical thinking. Try to engage your kids in conversation about what you will be seeing before you go to the museum and continue discussing it afterwards. It is never to early to get your kids excited about art, the most important ingredient is your own enthusiasm.
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