Let me begin by saying that I’m not really an art museum sort of person. I totally get it and respect it, but unless it’s in France or is focused on ancient civilizations, it’s hasn’t really been my thing.
However, last week I was listening to my local NPR station (yes, I’m one of those people) and the local host was interviewing the Executive Director of the Columbus Museum of Art.
They were discussing how the museum just finished a several-stage massive expansion project that includes The Center for Creativity which has activities that are interactive and available to those of all ages – even the little ones.
I was intrigued.
How do you get art to keep flourishing in our communities? You engage young adults to keep the support going generation after generation. What do young adults usually have? Kids.
Making a kid-friendly wing of an art museum is brilliant.
What’s even more brilliant? The Columbus Museum of Art received a grant to allow for FREE admission on Sundays.
Seeing the $15/adult price tag was like, “Yeesh.” I’d have a hard time paying that anyway, but then add in a toddler that may last 30 minutes or 3 hours? It’s risky. I can spend $15 on a lot more “sure” things.
But, the NPR interview caught my attention and I mentioned it to a friend, who also showed interested, so we found ourselves at the Columbus Museum of Art on Sunday with 5 young adults and a 2-year old.
And guess what? It was awesome! We had so much fun. The interactive area kept all of us engaged. Pookie and I did scoot out earlier than our group (nap time, ya know?), but she was totally entertained for close to two hours. That’s pretty impressive.
In addition to the museum activities, there were so many great open spaces with lots of tables, so Pookie had a grand time running around, climbing on and off the chairs, and going up and down the stairs.
And we didn’t feel like we were bothering anyone. There was plenty of chatter around and other little kids.
So, Columbus-peeps or those visiting, I definitely recommend checking it out whether you have kiddos or not. The museum is so beautiful and many different exhibits available.
I dare say it would be a pretty fun “date night” activity and you can even eat at the fancy little cafe on-site.
If you’re not a C-bus person, I highly recommend looking into the museums in your neck-of-the-woods. There seems to be a movement to make them more welcoming to those of all ages. Plus, more and more of them are offering free admission days. Woo-hoo!
Here’s a link I found for other art museums in the US offering family friendly exhibits:
The Ten Best Art Museums For Kids (there’s one in Dayton!)
Know of a great one in your area? Post a comment and let everyone know! Let’s get cultured together. 🙂