Tips for Visiting Museums
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A trip to the museum can be very rewarding and fun, but also tiresome for kids who are not prepared. Our advice? Make sure that your child has had plenty of rest (i.e. don’t go at naptime!) and has snacks and water available in case she gets hungry or thirsty.
Keep it Simple
Large museums with lots of exhibits can seem overwhelming to very young children. Instead of trying to tackle too much, opt for a docent-led tour (see if there is a kid-friendly tour, or ask for a guide that is used to interacting with children), or just visit one exhibit at a time. Planning your trip around a special family event at a museum is also helpful (visit our events page for information).
Making a museum trip enjoyable for kids can be as simple as interacting with your child throughout the trip. Instead of trying to “teach,” ask your child questions about which painting, sculpture or other work of art that he likes best. Have your child look for certain shapes, colors or objects that are familiar to him.
Bring the Museum Home
After you’ve visited the museum, make art a part of your child’s life at home. Create your own “museum” with coloring pages,craft projects, science experiments and Play-doh sculptures. Make a photo album or collage of your child’s favorite works of art or scrapbook using pictures and materials from your day at the museum (often museums have brochures or other materials you can use).
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