Kids are natural artists, and one way to celebrate their creativity and spark some new avenues for exploration is to visit a local art museum. Chicago is lucky enough to have four great places to see art, ranging from the well-known Art Institute to the perfect-for-younger-kids Elmhurst Art Museum.
All four offer opportunities for kids to join interactive art-making programs and to learn more about famous works of art. Here's a breakdown of what you'll find at each.You might also like:
Parents will love: The museum's small enough for preschoolers, but still big enough to keep elementary school kids entertained. Always free, so it's a great way to see colorful artwork and educate kids on another culture.
Kids will love: All the skeletons and skulls in the Day of the Dead artwork. Nothing scary here-the celebration of the dead is done with ofrendas, altars honoring those who've died, filled with items special to their loved ones. Grab a family guide for the exhibition at the front desk.
Don't miss: The gift shop, with its sculptures and masks, which is almost as fun as the museum itself.
While you're there: Visit one of the nearby Mexican restaurants where you'll find great food at low prices. There are also several Mexican candy stores and colorful murals within walking distance of the museum.