Comments on: Museums With Kids http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 13 May 2014 13:01:44 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Suzanne http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-288085 Suzanne Thu, 04 Aug 2011 19:22:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-288085 We just went to the Van Gogh museum with our kids (age 10 and 13) and the people at the info desk had a great “Treasure Hunt” mapped out for the kids. They gave it to them with a nice board to write on and a pencil, and it took our kids more than an hour to find everything, which allowed my husband and I to enjoy all of the pictures in peace!

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By: Jen S http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277617 Jen S Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:37:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277617 You should really take advantage of being in France to go to Musée en herbe. It’s a children’s art museum in Paris. It’s pretty much the only one of it’s kind in France and currently has original artwork by Keith Haring.

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By: shanna http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277389 shanna Sat, 25 Jun 2011 20:24:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277389 we live in prague and also attend a lot of museums. last year we went to the Van Gogh museum and found that the have a kids scavenger hunt. They handed us a clipboard with several sheets to fill out. My children at the time were 5 and 7 and LOVED it. Some of it require a bit more explaining but they completed the entire sheets. Lots of amazing and useful information was provided in such a way for them that made it really interesting. At the end when you turn in your clipboards they also get a few prizes from the museum. check it out!

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By: leslie http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277381 leslie Sat, 25 Jun 2011 13:02:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277381 sorry, i didn’t read all the tips/posts…
we try to split museum-visits: 1 visit is for the girls {like a dinosaur-exhibition, children’s museum}, 1 is for us. we talk a lot during the visits and try to carry the girls as much as possible {in a backpack-baby carrier or sling} and we try to show them as many little things as possible {“did you see the blue dress? look, there’s a butterfly”} to keep them interested. we do the gift-shops afterwards as a “treat”…
books are aboslutely neccesary, that’s for sure!

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By: Sara http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277377 Sara Sat, 25 Jun 2011 08:15:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277377 Oh, and one last thing… Before we left we checked out a bunch of related books from the library, and my kids especially loved Katie and the Mona Lisa and Katie Meets the Impressionists.

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By: Kiasa http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277358 Kiasa Sat, 25 Jun 2011 01:51:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277358 We go to museums all the time. My kids are 4.5yrs, 2yrs, an 6mos. It’s our way of life here. We love the “Can you find it outside/inside?” and other children’s books with art in them. My kids recognize the art once we are in the museum. We play “I spy” with pictures. We pose like the sculptures. And we only stay a an hour or two.

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By: Blogger T http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277357 Blogger T Sat, 25 Jun 2011 01:36:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277357 Gabrielle, I do the exact same thing!!! I think it’s brilliant because I get to keep the postcards for myself and make my daughter happy with a toy from the gift shop.

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By: Johanna http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277341 Johanna Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:46:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277341 Ha! I suggested the DAM too without even seeing your comment. PS the Marvelous MUD installation is awesomesauce….my 2 year old and I spent an hour making clay snakes in the temporary clay/art studio.

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By: Johanna http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277340 Johanna Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:44:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277340 The Denver Art Museum is my favorite place in the world with my 2 year old son, Jack. They have tons of activities for kids including these backpacks on wheels (with activities like puzzles, games and art projects) that he loves to drag through the galleries. Every time we go (we are members so we go…well, a lot) we decide on something to try and find-a train, a dinosaur, a monkey, the color blue, etc and then we search. All trips conclude with a visit to the contemporary art gallery where there is this installation of fox sculpture.

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By: Jocelyn Naquin http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277338 Jocelyn Naquin Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:23:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277338 This is a great idea! This would definitely help keep the kids interested a lot longer.

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By: Kate http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277331 Kate Fri, 24 Jun 2011 18:29:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277331 We love going to art galleries with the kids…I think they love it too. Contemporary sculpture/installation seems to float their boat…!

Get well wishes are winging their way to Maude from the UK. Hope she has a speedy recovery x

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By: Michelle http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277315 Michelle Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:44:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277315 We live in Mpls, and when we go to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, we only pick one, maybe two sections to tackle. That way we (and the kids) don’t get overloaded. Right now I am looking forward to going there sometime this summer; I’ve been on bed rest for 86 days, so I have only been able to leave the house for peri appts once a week. I can’t wait to get back out and enjoy like with the kids once the new baby is born! Michelle

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By: Malgosia http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277314 Malgosia Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:42:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277314 We love museums and art galleries. We always pack a sketch book, pencils/crayons and going from room to room in an art gallery I ask my now 9 year old daughter which picture is sad, funny, angry, or which would she hung in her room, in daddy’s room, in the basement and why. We try to guess the name of the painting, we try to guess why the painting has a name it has-works especially well with abstract painting-my daughter can make up incredible stories. Then she sits and either copies her favorite painting or makes her own abstract, still life or whatever she wants. When we visit museums like castles or mansions we “visit” people who “live” there-I had a wonderful stroll through Royal Castle in Cracow, Poland with my then 4 year old saying hello to all queens and princesses on paintings, and I used different voices to say: “Hi, I am Queen Bona, what is your name little girl? Hello I am princess Anna, who are you?” ” and then the queens or princesses from portraits “asked” if my daughter likes their pearls, dresses etc . In the meantime my husband followed some group with an English speaking guide or read information provided by the museum-it was a blast and my daughter still remembers that trip and nobody ended up bored or frustrated. We live in DC area and visiting Mount Vernon or Williamsburg she dresses in colonial-looking clothes I had sewn for her using some clothes from the thrift store (stays included) . I always pack a change of clothes as obviously she gets too hot after a while but it is great to see how she moves differently, courtesies to people and poses for photos.

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By: Jennifer http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277309 Jennifer Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:20:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277309 My son (7) loved seeing his favorite paintings in person at the D’Orsay but we flew through and he was done in about 30 minutes…I could spend hours there. But I think that it is a good experience to take your children…kind of like dinners out, you will want to have some with your kids and some with just your spouse;)
When you are back in Denver, if you haven’t already, you should take them to the Denver Art museum. They have backpacks that you can check out for no additional charge and the kids can do projects that were created for certain corresponding galleries. It’s very child-friendly!

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By: Brecken http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277308 Brecken Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:19:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277308 When we lived in New York we spent a lot of time at the Met (the MoMA didn’t work as well). They have a fabulous children/family program at the Met. Also, it helps that the Met is so huge, so if my boys were getting antsy I could go to a less populated area and calm them down. I only ever had the best experiences with the “guards” there, they were always kind to me, and my kids. And we went often, so my boys knew how to behave, and not to touch anything but the benches.

We just moved to Salt Lake and I am missing my favorite outings. If anyone knows of some stellar art museums (that are worth the price) please let me know!

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By: Elisabeth http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277306 Elisabeth Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:14:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277306 I can’t say I have ever been to a museum with my kids since I don’t have any yet. But when I was nine and my brother was six our parents took us to Europe. We toured lots of churches, countryside, and museums, including the Muse D’orsay. Which ended up being a highlight of the trip. The fact that it used to be a train depot was thrilling for my brother and I loved all the impressionist art. Have ice cream cones on the roof at the cafe didn’t hurt either. More than twenty years later I can still remember that day clearly. And I keep the D’Orsay on the list of my must see places each time I return to Paris!

Take the kids! They will love it!
P.S. The Picasso Museum in Paris is also kid friendly with a lovely garden. The Pompidieu Center has a wonderful fountain and street performers out front and make and excellent back drop for a picnic lunch!

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By: smee http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277305 smee Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:09:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277305 I was a selfish mom! *I* wanted to visit museums and if I wanted to see anything I had to bring the kids because I couldn’t afford a babysitter for 5 kids!

For us it was also a matter of incentives, prepare, and pretend. I was never above bribery to get the kids into a visit. “If you clean your room we can go into town and see the museum!” (granted as they grew older this was less effective!) Then, once the trip was one, we went over “museum behaviour” and practiced it. How to get mom’s attention if you see something exciting, appropriate walking, talking, and touching; what they could expect to see and experience at each different museum, and any after experiences we would have if all went well. Knowing why they had to behave a certain way, how to, and what to expect totally made sense. Once there they could pretend to be “A fancy grown up”, “an artist”, a model, dinosaur, scientist….and on and on -the best being “the tour guide” and explaining the museum exhibit to the rest of us.

I was also a “bad” mom and would pull my kids out of school so we could be naughty and “ditch” into the city for a “secret” trip into a museum. Who doesn’t like being naughty?

The biggest thing I think was that we went young and we went OFTEN! They -frankly- just got used to it then began to love (and behave) each trip.

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By: Sarah http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277281 Sarah Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:33:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277281 I love the postcard idea! I remember in “The Swan Thieves” one of the characters said something to the effect of: “Always leave a museum before the images you’ve seen all begin to run together.” I think that’s a great tip for adults, and can be adapted to children’s attention span. Also, I took a docent training class at the BYU MOA, and one of the things that seemed to work really well in tours geared toward children was to have a specific theme in mind: how colors make us feel, or how a figure’s position in the painting/sculpture could help us understand what is happening or what they are thinking/feeling. That gave very young children something to look for (what colors are in this picture? who can find three paintings in this room that have red in them? try to stand just like the man in this picture, etc.) and also allowed for some more involved conversation with older children who could better understand the relationship of visual elements to abstract ideas.

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By: sarah http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277279 sarah Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:30:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277279 what a wonderful idea. when baby boy is a bit bigger, we will use this idea!!

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By: Erin http://www.designmom.com/2011/06/museums-with-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-277278 Erin Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:21:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11923#comment-277278 I wrote a post last fall about this, nothing really out of the ordinary just a few thoughts about a recent experience. Here’s the link. Loved the postcard idea!

http://erin-thisandthat.blogspot.com/2010/10/visiting-art-musuems-with-kids.html

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