The Broad - taking children to art museums


I have taken my girls to art museums since they were babies. I truly believe they do well from all the practice they've had over the years. It's not perfect but we talk about how to act before we go in:
-keep your elbows close to your body!
-pay attention to ropes or lines on the floor, no body parts should go over them
- and there's usually something for children put together by the museum. The Broad has a treasure hunt/checklist for children to complete in order to get a small prize (like, paper bookmarks) upon exit. It's fun and easy with things like: 'find something with wavy lines, find a piece of art with your favorite colors'...etc.

I love THIS BOOK for getting a start on talking to kids about art! If you've never studied art (I took two Art History courses to meet my fine arts credit in my undergrad lol), it's a perfect way to get into art enough to discuss and explain enough of the possible questions kids will have about an art museum.













The Infinity Room by Yayoi Kusama requires a timed ticket. These are free of charge, as is admission to the rest of the museum collection. I planned our visit around our timed ticket and we arrived a little early for the room but they let us join the queue and enter a little earlier. I prefer to wait in a line at the beginning of an outing rather than trying to corral the kids when they're tired and ready to leave. It's just one minute inside the Infinity Room and a very lovely experience!

I would love to know if art museums are something that is ever on your list for kid-friendly activities?! 

 

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