We’ve all been there.
It’s raining, has been for what seems like ages. The kids have been cooped up indoors and you’re going mad.
You’ve got to get yourself and them O-U-T of the house N-O-W.
While scanning the piles of unfolded laundry, mountains of toys and, is that a smashed grape in the carpet?? – really, guys!? — you think of what you all can do:
- the playground will be soaked
- the park, a muddy mess
- and there are no good family-friendly movies out right now plus movies are so expensive these days.
Then you say, “Museums are big! That should occupy many hours and when I post photos of us there on Facebook everyone will applaud me for giving my kids culture”.
But oh no, my kids are going to be sooooo bored at an art museum.
Not so fast, mom.
Museums are an excellent place for parents and children to enjoy together. For real. They are enjoyable for us grown-ups to look upon the art as if we have a clue what it all means and symbolizes, and art museums can be educational for young people – look kids, pointillism!!
Museums are also capable of being really, REALLY fun and super funny if you do it right, which you will because here are 3 Simple Ways to Make Any Art Museum Awesome for Kids!
Convince your kids to wear their most comfy walking shoes, pack a delicious lunch for everyone and grab a package of Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes On the Go because you know full well they will be touching every handrail, doorknob and possibly even a good chunk of the floor, and you know all that little kid handsy-business is going to skeeve you out something fierce.
Now you are set! So off you go to the museum with kids!
First stop, the Gift Shop
You’re right, usually you exit through the gift shop but for our purposes today, to make any museum awesome for kids, you need to start here in the museum gift shop. Head directly to the postcard spindle and let your kids pick out a few different postcards featuring a few different pieces of art.
These postcards will be your kids’ personal scavenger hunt materials. Have them hold their pieces of art postcards and search for the pieces in the museum.
You and your kids will end up crisscrossing every wing of the museum without them complaining that their feet hurt, because this is a fun challenge — like Mario Kart without the Kart!
When they have found all their art or when they say their tummies are rumbling, stop for lunch!
Naked Headless Statues Are Hilarious
When you get to the statue section of the museum, you know, the area with the naked butts, missing arms and headless people, let your imagination go crazy by making up fake conversations between statues, and between the statues and their sculptures.
It’s been 5 years since my kids and I spent a day at the Louvre in Paris but they STILL talk about how much fun we had together in the antiquities rooms there, all because I tapped into my inner 10-year-old and made up some pretty funny dialogue between and about Mr. I Can’t Find My Clothes and Mrs. Has Anyone Seen The Rest of My Body?
Yes, you smartly did pack lunch but you should check out the cafeteria too because often times museums will have really rad eating areas. While there oogling the light fixtures and modern Scandinavian tables and chairs (so artsy!), allow your kids to pick out a cool smack or a chilly treat. Because, c’mon, they’ve been awesome all day, running around laughing at naked statues and finding paintings from their postcards.
Sleepy Kids In The Car Means A Peaceful Ride Back Home
With any luck your kids will be out cold in the backseat in 3…2…1. Now, you’ve got the drive home to catch up on your favorite podcasts, listen to music or just enjoy the blissful silence of sleeping children.
*OWTK is a Clorox CLXChampion receiving financial compensation for this and other stories. All opinions expressed above are honest and unbiased, as always.